The University of Zaragoza is the main centre of technological innovation in the Ebro Valley and has great prestige among the group of both Spanish and European universities it has relations with. Through the Vice-Rectorship for International Relations, the University of Zaragoza participates in various exchange programmes, collaborating with universities and research centres from Europe, Latin America and the USA, thereby strengthening its international standing.
All academic faculties/departments
are open to exchange students who possess adequate Spanish language skills. See link below courses available to visiting students. Exchange students are paired up with a Zaragoza mentor to help facilitate transition into Spain.
Keep in mind Universidad de Zaragoza has three campuses with the main and largest campus in central Zaragoza. Psychology is taught at the Teruel campus, some 180 km away from Zaragoza.
Courses primarily taught in Spanish; however courses are regularly offered in English in the following departments: Engineering, Sciences, and English Philology
Students must have completed the intermediate level of Spanish (through SPAN 212) or equivalent (not including courses taken in high school). However, some upper-division Spanish (300+) is highly recommended. All applicants must meet the language prerequiste by the end of the semester prior to departure.
Heritage speakers of Spanish can have a Language Proficiency Recommendation Report completed by the Spanish department in the Aztecs Abroad application to verify language ability.
Semester 1: Late August to Late January (early final exams may be possible, but confirmation only after registration upon arrival)
Semester 2: Early February to June
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Applicants should review the degrees offered at Zaragoza
to determine if there are courses in a certain department that may be a good academic fit. Look closely to determine if courses are generally taught during Fall (semester 1) or Spring (semester 2). The department must be contacted directly for information concerning class descriptions or other details.
2 ECTS (European credits) equal 1 SDSU unit, so SDSU students must enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS per semester, however students can take up to 30 ECTS.
Students generally only enroll in courses from one academic faculty or department to create a smooth course schedule. Courses cannot be guaranteed until after arrival due to possible limitations around timetable constraints and/or unexpected course cancellations.
Most students take courses in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (Filosofia y Letras) for history, literature and other humanities subjects. Hispanic Studies and Literature are most common for Spanish majors and minors.
Business students (with advanced Spanish proficiency) should review the information on the CBA Study Abroad
website concerning course articulation.
More information is on the Zaragoza International Students
Housing and Meals
On and Off campus housing options described on the Zaragoza International Students
website. Most students live in apartments (flats) with other international students in central Zaragoza. Monthly rents are very affordable compared to costs off-campus in San Diego.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate CSU foreign travel insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
All U.S. citizens studying in Spain are required to apply for a visa. Please see the Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles
website for more information. It is recommended students schedule an appointment at the Spanish Consulate
even before receiving their official nomination in October or March depending on term.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State