This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and the Universidad de Burgos. Disciplines throughout the University are available for those fluent in written and spoken Spanish, and there is a small but growing number of classes available in English for students studying business or engineering.
A 4–8 week intensive Spanish language & culture program is available during the summer for all levels of Spanish speakers, beginners to advanced.
- Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses.
- Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees.
- Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships.
- Immerse yourself in Spanish culture.
- Study for one semester or an academic year.
- Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school.
Burgos is located a few hours north of Madrid in the province of Castile and Leon. It is close to the northern coast of Spain and the Bay of Biscay, as well as the Basque Country, with its well-known cities of Pamplona and Bilbao.
Burgos was founded in 884 and was one of the ancient capitols of Castile. Burgos is well known for its outstanding architecture, great historic traditions, and medieval Castilian ambience. Its Old Quarter boasts numerous Renaissance churches and palaces to explore. The Cathedral, which dominates the city skyline, is one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in all of Europe and is part of a well-known pilgrimage route across northern Spain. However, the history in Burgos also dates back much farther than written history. With the recent paleontological discoveries in Sierra de Atapuerco, about 20 miles from the city center, the province of Burgos is suspected to be the home of the earliest humans in Europe.
Created in 1994 after separating from the University of Valladolid, the University of Burgos has 11,000 students on two campuses. With many of its departments housed in refurbished medieval buildings, the university is steadily growing and expanding in both size and course offerings.
- be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure,
- have completed lower division requirements for your intended field of study,
- have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure,
- have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
- For the semester and academic year program, students must have a strong background in the Spanish Language, completing Spanish language studies up to the high intermediate to advanced level.
The summer program for intensive Spanish language can accept all levels of Spanish study, including beginners. However, students are strongly encouraged to take at least one college-level Spanish course prior to the summer program.
Classes are in the form of lectures, seminars, and labs, depending on the course of study. Assessments are specific to subject areas but can include essays, examinations, and other course work. Most courses will require a final exam, which may count for 70–100% of the assessment for that course. Grades are given on a scale of 1–10 with 5 being the minimum passing grade. These grades will be given an SJSU grade equivalent upon your return. All student are required to be full time students while at Burgos, completing 12 contact hours of instruction per week.
UBU also offers an intensive Spanish Language and Culture program for 4–8 weeks during the summer. Students with all levels of Spanish language skills may participate in the summer program.
Areas of Study
- Humanities and Education: Humanities (History, Literature, Geography), Education (Special, Foreign Language, Musical, Primary, Pre-Primary), Pedagogy, Audiovisual Communication
- Law: Political Science and Administration
- Science: Chemistry, Food Science and Technology
- Economics and Business Studies: Business Administration, Public Administration, Management, Economics, Finance
- Polytechnics: Engineering (Agricultural, Computer, Civil, Industrial)
Visit the Burgos website for more course details: http://wwww.ubu.es/english-version/international-students/academic-offer
Students may participate in internships while studying in Burgos. The university can provide support with internship placements (credit bearing, paid or unpaid) or students can arrange their own internship. Burgos is a city of industry and the university has close links with many local businesses, and in the manufacturing / engineering sector.
A variety of housing options are available for academic year students including on campus residence halls, off campus student housing, or living with a host family. Both double occupancy rooms and single accommodations are possible. The price of accommodations varies greatly amongst all these options. Students attending for only a semester may have fewer options, as not all residencies accept single semester occupants.
Information for Halls of Residence in Burgos
Information for private apartments in Burgos
Fall Semester: early September - December (Lessons and Initial Exams finish in December. Students who do not initially pass their exams have the opportunity to resit their exams in Late January - Early Feb.)
Spring Semester Mid February–Late June
BUDGETING FOR YOUR SEMESTER
**These costs are current as of 2018–19. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on SJSU tuition and fees. Personal expenses may vary among different students, and those who will be doing a lot of traveling during the school break and after the program should estimate higher.
* Health Insurance: All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Services.
- SJSU Tuition & Fees: $3,900.00
- Round Trip Transportation: $1,100.00
- Room and Meals: $2,000.00
- Student Visa: $300.00
- Books & Supplies: $350.00
- Insurance: $350.00*
- Personal Expenses: $2,000.00
- Total $8,200.00
FINANCING YOUR SEMESTER
Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified. For more information click Here.
Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking Here.