Biology, Business, Chemistry, Engineering, English, Modern Languages (Spanish), Psychology, Sociology & Social Work, Variety of disciplines in local language
Universidad de Jaén
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Surrounded by vineyards and castles, the town of Jaén is situated in south-central Spain in the region of Andalucía. The province of Jaén was the borderline between the Arab and Christian kingdoms in the Middle Ages. More than 200 castles and forts can be found in the region. Jaén is also known for its mild weather and active night life.
The University of Jaén (UJA) is a medium-sized institution of about 16,000 students. UJA has a long history but now offers over 35 degree programs. The University offers six faculties to choose from including Experimental Sciences, Social Sciences, and Engineering. The campus is located in the northeast of the city and houses a large library, two cafeterias, student residence hall, sports center, travel agency, and a bank branch. In addition to the conveniences offered on campus, there are also beautiful gardens, trees, and lawns. Both campuses are wheelchair accessible.
UJA has many agreements and actively collaborates with institutions from all around the world –in Europe (mainly within the framework of the Erasmus+ program), USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, China, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, etc., hosting students on all degree courses, both as regular and exchange students.
Many cultural activities can be enjoyed in Jaén all year long. The International Jaén Jazz festival takes place every year. In the fall enjoy one of the biggest Autumn Festivals in Spain, with concerts of every type of music, theater, and exhibitions. In the spring the university organizes a student Drama Festival. Halfway between Madrid and Seville, well connected by motorway and train, Jaén enjoys a pleasant, warm climate during most of the year.
Regular University Courses
Almost all courses are taught in Spanish, except for the ones under the PATIE option, which are taught either in Spanish or English (depending on the course classification). PATIE courses offer class instruction and interaction, readings and assignments, and final exams in English. The list of courses under the PATIE option is updated regularly.
When researching courses please keep in mind that "core" courses often only give one or two exams per semester to make up your final grade. "Elective" courses offer ongoing assessment (homework, participation, etc.), which is more similar to the U.S. style of instruction.
Courses in English
Jaén offers many undergraduate courses in English. Courses are offered in three different levels:
Level 1: Lectures and seminars are taught in Spanish, courseworkand exams are in English, tutorial support is available in English (it is required that students have completed at least SPA303 and SPA304W or their equivalent to take Level 1 courses).
Level 2: Lectures are taught in Spanish, Seminars are in English, coursework and exams are in English, tutorial support is available in English.
Level 3: Lectures, seminars, coursework, exams, and tutorial support are all offered in English (Recommended level for those who have not yet completed SPA303 and SPA304W)
Courses in Spanish
For students who have studied six semesters or more of Spanish, there are a wide variety of courses taught in Spanish that can be searched on their Course Search tool.
Spanish Language Courses
If your goal is to improve your Spanish skills, the university offers intensive Spanish Language courses for international students. Students can enroll in these courses alongside their regular university coursework, however, they are offered at an additional (yet reasonable) fee. There also exists the option to take a pre-semester language intensive to help ease the transition into life in Jaén (also at an additional fee).
International incoming students can apply for a UJA internship (as long as there is availability on the applicant’s internship preferences) to gain international work experience. Applicants are requested to have completed at least 50% of their study workload either at UJA or at the home university (approximately junior status). Apply online through the Icaro program once the international student has successfully registered (upon arrival in Jaén or Linares) at UJA for studying at this university. Further information can be found online.
ECTS Credit System
UGR operates using the ECTS credit system, which is different from the U.S. credit system. 1 ECTS credit is equivalent to .5 US credits, therefore you can divide your credits taken at UC3M by 2 to learn how many U.S. credits you will receive. Keep this in mind when selecting courses and getting course approvals. 6 ECTS = 3 U.S. credits
Getting Credit for Studies Abroad
Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section.
Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.
Semester I: September to January
Semester II: January to June/July
*Note: students may not study for the fall only; students must either choose a year-long study starting in fall or a spring only semester
All international incoming students are responsible for looking for their own accommodation in Jaén (& Linares) and, for this reason, it is advisable to do it well in advance to the expected arrival date. The accommodation possibilities include:
Hotels and hostels (temporary)
Flats and apartments
University residence halls
Students can choose to live in a university hall of residence or in a private or shared apartment in Jaén. Residence halls usually consist of two-bed, three-bed, or individual rooms. These must be reserved early because of limited availability. It may be difficult to acquire a room in a residence hall for only a semester stay. Living in a residence hall typically costs about $850 per month, including meals.
Private or shared apartments is the most common choice for students. The prices range from about $175-$225 per month, not including water, gas, electricity or meals. The flats are furnished but do not include sheets or towels. For this option, students should plan on arriving in Jaen at least one week early. Resources are provided by UJA in the student guide and on the accommodation website.
UJA provides free assistance to foreign exchange students during their first weeks on campus through the Buddy Program. Local UJA students help international students find housing, learn public transportation, meet them at the train or bus station on arrival, assist in registering for courses, and of course, are welcoming new friends. Apply for a buddy at least 7 days before your arrival date (earlier is better!)
To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
Sports Scholarship Available
One student per term can apply for the UJA Outstanding Sportsmen/Sportswomen Grant related to the following sport activities: Volleyball, Basketball, Karate, Soccer, Track & Field and Futsal. Selected students will be incorporated into teams related to those sports and will participate in the activities scheduled by the corresponding team as international sportsmen/sportswomen.
Both Spanish and international sportsmen/sportswomen will have the opportunity to interact with athletes from different countries. Exchange students participate for one or two semesters and receive a scholarship of 1,800 euros for the duration of the stay (approx. $2,000 USD).
The requirements for this program are:
Minimum 2.5 GPA
Valid U.S. passport
Spanish 303 and 304W (or their equivalent) if you are taking coursework taught in Spanish
Spanish 101 and 102 (or their equivalent) if you are taking coursework taught in English or language courses.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
TALK TO AN ADVISOR
If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.