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University of Santiago de Compostela

University of Santiago de Compostela

At a Glance

The University of Santiago de Compostela is over 500 years old with several campuses. Many of the 15,000 students speak both Spanish and the Galician language. 

Program Term 

Fall/Spring/Academic Year

Language Requirement



Class sizes are small and are taught in Spanish for the international students.  Students are given a language placement test upon arrival at the university. 

Areas of Study

Spanish language and culture


Students live with families in a newer area of the city between the medieval campus and the new campus.  Students will speak Spanish exclusively during their home stays.   A university staff member will pick up students at the airport and introduce them to their home stay family. 

Student Life

As a complement to the academic content of the courses, students are taken on a number of cultural activities and trips during their stay in Santiago.


Santiago de Compostela (population 105,000) is the capital of Galicia located in the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula.  Beaches on the Atlantic Ocean are a 40-minute train ride from the city. As a cultural and political center, Santiago de Compostela is an important city in Europe that is best known for being the final destination for the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.  


Dr. David Julseth