Immersion is at the core of the Spring Semester Burgos program. Two hours north of Madrid, Burgos is known as a center of Spanish tradition. Students enroll directly in the University of Burgos (UBU), and they participate in an intensive language and cultural orientation before the regular university semester begins. Following this orientation, students can take classes in areas such as humanities, business administration, economics, and political science. With advanced approval of the Director, BU students may also enroll in a directed study for four academic credits. Housing is either in a modern, fully equipped student residence hall or with a local family. Excursions to locations such as Madrid, Seville, Camino de Santiago, and Atapuerca complement the experience.

The program offers students the opportunity to enroll directly in the University of Burgos (UBU), a modern university centered in a medieval complex of buildings that was once part of the Camino de Santiago. The program will provide an excellent opportunity for students who prefer to live and study in a smaller city where there are very few Americans and very little English is spoken.

Burgos students will participate in an intensive language and cultural immersion orientation before the regular university semester begins. Following this orientation, they will enroll in courses offered by UBU departments, including humanities, business administration, economics, and political science.

Elective Courses

Students enroll in a maximum of four courses in the regular University curriculum. In the past, students have taken courses in the following areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Food Engineering
  • History
  • Literature
  • Spanish
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

For details on courses at the University of Burgos, browse the University of Burgos website.

Directed Study

BU students, with advanced approval of the Director, may enroll in a directed study for four academic credits.


The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus

University dormitory
Local homestay available upon request

  • Room setup for local homestay: Individual bedrooms in local family home. Each room has a bed, a desk and some storage space. Linens are provided and washed regularly. Kitchen access is not guaranteed. Students will have the ability to reheat food.
  • Room setup for Residencia: shared dorm room with one Spanish student. En-suite bathroom. Rooms have beds, desks, and small amount of storage space.
  • Board is included; students eat every meal with host families, or at the Residencia’s dining hall.
  •  Host families and Residencia provide laundry, internet.
  • There are gyms at the university and in town, but may be expensive. Students can study at University of Burgos. Many students study at home, as university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US.
  • Spring Semester: late January to mid June
  • Spring Semester: October 2