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Universidad de León

Program Overview 

Location:  León, Spain
Culture: Immersive, individualized
Neighborhood: Historic, traditional
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Beginner - intermediate

Formally founded in 1979, Universidad de León is one of the most prominent institutions in Europe and is home to approximately 10,000 students. The language program at León is the university’s official center of languages and welcomes many students from the university and all over the world.

León is located in the northwest region of Spain, rich with centuries of history. It is a medium sized urban city with about 15,000 residents where the traditional language of Leonese is still a spoken dialect of the locals. The city of León has an ever growing student population. Many students attending León enjoy the personal relationships they build with the locals, their peers and university faculty.

León was once the capital kingdom in the middle ages, and has since been noted for its architecture, artistic master pieces and famous cathedrals. By day, León can be appreciated for its rich history and by night, it can be noted for its modern nightlife culture–creating a perfect blend of the old and new.

Student Profile

SAF Scholars seeking to learn or enhance their Spanish language abilities in a calm, historic city would feel at home in León. Additionally, the right-fit SAF Scholars are those who are independent and are looking to be fully immersed in Spanish culture.

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

September Intensive Course & Fall Semester (October – December)

Program Strengths

Enrolling in Spanish courses at Leon means SAF Scholars have solid opportunities to practice Spanish without the influence of other languages. The language center has had 50 years of experience in offering Spanish courses and takes pride in knowing each student personally, providing small class sizes, experienced teachers, personalized lessons, and organized activities and visits around León.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week

20 hours per week

Number of Levels

A1 – C2

Elective Courses Offered


Progression or Concurrent Notes

Language only; there are no progression or concurrent options at Universidad de León.

Housing Type



Two meals per day at homestay.

Type of Room


Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

The language center organizes activities and site visits on weekends and holidays to supplement the Spanish language courses. This way, SAF Scholars have opportunities to utilize the Spanish they learn beyond the bounds of the classroom.

Life on Campus

Universidad de León is a safe campus surrounded by nature. It is a communal campus; known for having hospitable and friendly staff and students. The campus is surrounded by museums, restaurants and ancient buildings that makes this campus
Last Updated: 1/9/19