Burgos University Spanish Studies Program

Burgos, two hours north of Madrid, is known as a center of Spanish tradition. Home to one of Europe’s most beautiful Gothic cathedrals, it was also an important way station on the Camino de Santiago, and is famous in literature as the birthplace of El Cid. Burgos retains many of the customs of provincial Spanish life to this day.

Because of the Spanish academic calendar, the Burgos program is available only as a spring semester program.

Program Curriculum

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.

Program Details

  • Minimum of fifth-semester college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Language screening interviews may be required
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Spring Semester: late January to mid June

Please note that this program is only offered during the spring semester.

  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn sixteen Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of sixteen credits.
  • Students have the option of sharing a dorm room with a Spanish student in the University residence halls or living with a local host family. The dorm is equipped with study areas, a computer lab, fitness room, and dining hall where students can take all of their meals. For more information about the Residencia Universitaria San Agustín, visit their website.
Application Deadlines
  • Spring Semester: October 1

Download a description of the Burgos University Spanish Studies Program.

Program Staff

Boston University has an office located at the University of Burgos (UBU), where there is a Boston University staff member available on a permanent basis serving as a contact and resource for students in Burgos. The Office of International Relations at UBU will help students with academic and administrative questions and other guidance on a daily basis.