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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Internship Available: No Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 103 - Three semesters of language instruction (or the equivalent) required Housing Options: Independent Housing, Residence Hall
Click here for a definition of this term On-Site Language Course Required: No Click here for a definition of this term Credits: 15 +
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Areas of Study: Accounting, Art, Art Studio, Business, Economics, Finance, History, Journalism, Marketing, Politics, Psychology, Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Description:
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Universidad Francisco de Vitoria


Students looking to spend a semester in Madrid, Spain can study abroad at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV), a Catholic higher education institution roughly the same size as CUA. Academic excellence, close contact with the professional world, and personalized attention are the pillars of UFV; program participants who value the ideals of community and social responsibility will find themselves surrounded by people with a shared sense of purpose. This is an excellent program for students looking to complete coursework in Spanish, although there are some offerings in English. Approximately 15% of UFV's student population is international.

Academics & Curriculum

Although students may take some courses in English, the majority will be in Spanish, so applicants should have at least an intermediate skill level. CUA students spending a semester at UFV enroll in 5 classes worth 30 ECT, or 15 US credits. When researching potential courses, applicants should be aware that UFV prefers students to take all of their courses within the same school, or faculty. Exceptions are sometimes possible if a specific request is made. The university is divided into 7 faculties:
  • Law, Economics, and Business
  • Communication Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Computer Engineering
  • Education
  • Architecture
A list of available courses can be found here (For English-taught courses please refer to this guide). To request course syllabi, students are encouraged to email Belén Navajas-Josa.


Students can complete a virtual tour of the campus by visiting UFV's website.

Accommodation & Meals

Students may apply to live in the on-campus learning community residence hall, Colegio Mayor. Part of the application process includes a letter of presentation/intent and Skype interview with the director. Students should apply for housing after they apply online to UFV by submitting the materials to This is also when they should request a Skype interview.

This option is suitable for applicants interested in living on campus and willing to adhere to the Colegio Mayor’s House Rules. Students receive dinner Monday-Friday, as well as lunch on Saturday and Sunday. They may request, but are not guaranteed a single or double room. Included in Colegio Mayor are the following:     
  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Internet
  • Cleaning services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Kitchen
There is a 477.50 euro safety deposit, paid upon arrival, which will be returned to the student if no damage exists at the end of the exchange.

Students not interested in living on campus may be given the option to stay in a furnished apartment with CUA's general housing provider, Student Global Relocation. Included with the furnished apartments is a bed, a wardrobe, a desk and chair, as well as utilities (electricity, water, internet, etc.). SGR also provides a regular cleaning service just for the common/shared areas of the apartment. Not included in the basic price are towels, linens, laundry service, or security deposit.


CUA students going abroad are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships. In addition to the resources listed on Financial Aid's website, CUAbroad maintains information on study abroad scholarships available to students of all backgrounds. Applicants to study abroad are asked to complete their scholarship applications either before or simultaneously with their program applications, and to notify CUAbroad if they receive any third party monetary awards.

Exchange Scholars

Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students.  This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide.  Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
Rolling Admission 01/08/2020 05/17/2020
NOTE: *Students who fail a final exam may be given a chance to retake it between June 15-30. This is not included in the standard program, but may be arranged by the student for additional cost.
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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