Glimpses of the past can be seen in León's historic buildings, architecture, and Roman walls. Once the capital of an important Christian Kingdom in the Middle Ages, León has many beautiful cathedrals, with grand steeples and interesting stained glass windows.
The city was founded over 2,000 years ago and today celebrates many festivals and is home to Camino de Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
León is a vibrant city of 130,000 residents that maintains a small town feel. The local culture is lively and social; by day, people enjoy León's orchards, gardens, and meadows; by night, the downtown fills with people ready for an evening out.
Watch the video on this link to learn more or visit the Spanish Tourism website to learn about the city and the rest of Spain.
The Universidad de León was founded in 1979 and has been growing ever since. There are approximately 13,000 students attending the University. Learn more about the Universidad de León on their website, or read the Guide for International Students.
Students participating in the exchange will enroll in an intensive Spanish language course prior to beginning semester-long language subjects.
Most students enroll in Spanish language courses at the El Centro de Idiomas, although you have the option of selecting among the Universidad de León's 3,000 courses in other disciplines. You are only encouraged to take regular university courses if you are fluent in Spanish.
You can find information about the Spanish for Foreigners courses online. Students are expected to complete 12-15 credits (4-5 courses) at the B2 Spanish level or higher.
Disciplines other than Spanish follow a separate calendar; therefore, students enrolled in these courses will have varying terms of participation.
PROGRAM DATES: Exact program dates change from year to year and you will be notified of your terms specific dates in your acceptance letter.
You can also find the current academic calendar on this PDF:
CALENDARIO ACADEMICO 17-18 - ACADEMIC CALENDAR 17-18.pdf
**for Centro de Idiomas courses please note that you need to look both at the Crash Course (fall semester only) and Orientation on the top section, then the Full Time Spanish on the bottom. General program dates are:
Fall: Beginning of September- mid December
Spring: Early January- early June
**If you take regular university courses the dates are different
Students on the León program arrange their own housing. Students can choose to partner with a "Padrino" through Leon, a Spanish student who will help with accommodation and bus/train station pick up. The general Leon website has Student Life options to learn more about accommodation, life on campus and in the city, and getting to the university itself.
You may choose to find a private apartment with other Spanish and/or international students after arriving in León. Those wishing to reside in dormitory-style accommodations can make reservations in advance of arrival.
Host family accommodation may also be available. Further information regarding accommodation is outlined on page 37 of the student guide.