The University of Burgos (UBU) was founded in 1994 after separating from the University of Valladolid, to which it had belonged since 1972. The university currently has about 11,000 students and is divided into two campuses, the Campus on the river Vena, site of the Higher Polytechnic School, and the Campus of San Amaro which is home to the rest of the faculties and where Millersville students would study. One historic landmark on the San Amaro campus is the King's Hospital, one of the most important former hospitals for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, founded in 1195 by Alfonso VIII.
The city of Burgos is the capital of the province Burgos, in the Autonomous Community of Castilla and Leon. The city is outstanding both for its exceptional historic and artistic heritage and for its geographical location, making it one of the most visited cities in Spain. Burgos can be easily reached by car, bus, or train, making it an ideal location for visits to Madrid and other places of interest.
Burgos is active, modern and clean, with a remarkable cultural life for a medium-size city. Also richly historical, traces of its 1,100 years of existence are to be found on every corner. The most important feature is the Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece that has been declared a World Heritage Monument by UNESCO. The countless monuments, parks, walkways and little streets in the old part of the city make a wander through Burgos a fascinating experience.
Millersville University and UBU formalized their academic partnership in 2005. MU's Office of Global Education and UBU's International Office have developed a strong working relationship based on extensive professional contact, personal familiarity, and an active MU-UBU student exchange program.
Students may choose to study abroad at the University of Burgos either for a semester or for a full academic year. The academic calendar is divided in two semesters (cuatrimestres). Study abroad participants receive an orientation at UBU at the start of the semester.
Fall Semester (The first semester at Burgos):
first week of October and continues until February. First semester exams take place in early to mid February.
Spring Semester (The second semester at Burgos):
mid February until the end of June with the month of June being entirely devoted to second-semester/full-year exams.
Fall semester study is only for students not returning to MU for the spring semester.
Housing & Meals
Room and board is separate and will be arranged with the assistance of the University of Burgos. Students can choose to rent an apartment in the city of Burgos, live with a Spanish host family as part of a homestay, or stay in a hostel-like private room arranged by the Catholic Church. Year-long students also have the option to stay in the student residence hall that is on the campus of the university.
Students can choose to live in shared apartments in the city with European, exchange, or Spanish students. With the assistance of UBU, students will reserve a room in a hostel for approximately the first week so they have a place to stay while searching for accommodations. Generally, the accommodation search can last up to 10 days, depending on the persistence of the student. Apartments are typically furnished and finding an apartment upon arrival is a common practice among Spanish and exchange students alike. For more information about finding apartments in Burgos, click here.
The second option is to stay with a host family for the duration of the study abroad experience. Living in a homestay can be a worthwhile experience when a student arrives in a new country and will give them the opportunity to get a taste of real Spanish culture and language. The International Office has a number of carefully selected host families who take in students on a full board basis. Students are housed with a Spanish family in their apartment or house. Each student gets his own room and linens (sheets, pillows, and comforter) are supplied. Three meals per day are provided for the student. Laundry is done approximately once a week with the family's laundry. Students will complete a host family application to help the International Office match them with families to the best of its ability. However, ideal matches cannot be guaranteed. Students are encouraged to be flexible in adjusting to their new host family as they will be incorporated into an existing family system. Most students are fully satisfied with their host families and form life-long friendships. However, the placement can be changed if a student should feel unsafe or uncomfortable in their assignment for any reason.
The final option is to stay in the Residencia Universitaria Camino de Santiago, a student residence hall on UBU's campus. StThe residence hall has many modern amenities and social, as well as study, rooms. Students make arrangements and payments directly to the residence hall. For full information on the residence hall click here.
The University of Burgos study abroad experience is a one or two semester immersion program. Burgos semester courses are offered to full-time students, in a full immersion format, in which international undergraduate students attend classes with their Spanish peers. All classes are taught in Spanish.
Students can take many of the regular UBU courses according to their academic needs and their Spanish proficiency level. An intermediate level Spanish for Foreigners class is also often offered through the Language Center for an additional fee, independent from the exchange program. Credit can be given for this course as well, however, students should be aware that the course being offered may not be at the level they need and if they have already completed the equivalent of this course at MU, they will not be able to receive credit for it again.
The University of Burgos offers courses in:
How to Research Course Offerings:
- Foreign Language
- Political Science
- Business Administration & Management
- Art History
UBU does not have a centralized "course catalog" the way Millersville University does. However, there is a web site which lists course offerings broken down by faculty: click here
. Most Millersville students choose their classes from the Faculty of Humanities and Education; however, it is also possible to take classes from the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies. Exchange participants will register for classes upon arrival at UBU. It is important to have as many class options as possible because some courses may overlap or have time conflicts.
To view the list of courses with brief descriptions within each degree, click on the PDF in the second column (usually called Courses). Once in the PDF, pay attention to several factors within the description including the semester in which the course is offered and the number of ECTS credits (not ESP credits). If a course says "Annual" instead of 1st or 2nd Semester it means that the course lasts the duration of the academic year and can only be taken by year-long exchange students. 1stSemester would correspond to the fall semester and 2nd Semester would be the spring.
|Burgos Credits (ECTS)
|9 (Academic Year Courses)
(** While a 3 ECTS class may be taken, please be aware that 2 credits at MU will not generally meet any one requirement since most classes at MU are worth 3 credits each.)