Universidad de Burgos
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.
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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.
UBU Offers Courses in:
The University of Burgos offers courses in:
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. Students must be registered for at least 12 credits for the term.
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.
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. 1st Semester would correspond to the fall semester and 2nd Semester would be the spring.
ECTS credit amounts at UBU equate to MU credits in the following format:
12 (annual course) 8 (two 4 credit classes)
9 (annual course) 6 (two 3 credit classes)
4 - 5 3
(** 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.)
This program is available to Millersville University and non-MU students. Most students who study abroad are traditionally juniors. However, students can and do study abroad anytime after they have completed 24 credits. Students should complete an application to study abroad one semester before wishing to go abroad. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA, demonstration of at least a 202 level Spanish proficiency, an official transcript and two recommendation forms from professors are also required. The Office of Global Education will then review all applications. Approval will be determined shortly after the application deadline and students will be notified via email at the address noted on the application.
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.
For more information on the private rooms organized by the Catholic Church, also called residences, click here.
The final option (for year-long students only) is to stay in the Residencia Universitaria Camino de Santiago, a student residence hall on UBU's campus. Students will likely share a double room with its own bathroom as just a few single rooms are available. The 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.
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. The first semester begins the first week of October and continues until February. First semester exams take place in early to mid February. The second semester lasts from 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.
Refer to the UBU Cost Worksheet in the Cost section for specific dates of the upcoming semester.
Billing for study abroad at UBU follows the regular Millersville billing cycle. Bills are sent out and due to MU on the customary schedule. Students pay Millersville University tuition, a small tuition differential, and fees. There is an additional non-refundable, non-transferable MU program participation fee and application fee paid directly to Millersville, due at the time of application. Room and board are separate and are a student's individual financial responsibility.
Below is an estimated worksheet of costs for the 2014-2015 year at Burgos.
Burgos Cost Worksheet (PDF)
Students should investigate loans which may be available, such as Federal Student Aid. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if their scholarships are transferable, since scholarships have individual regulations. One option is to research online on www.studyabroadfunding.org or stop by our office for additional opportunities. Please see Financial Considerations for more information.
Students should work with their major/minor advisors to select courses which will fit into their major(s), minor(s), and General Education requirements, where appropriate. The Office of Global Education cannot provide any academic advice or determine class equivalencies.
A Request for Study Abroad Resident Credits form, available through the Office of Global Education & Partnerships, must be completed before the student leaves. This form gives students and their major/minor departments the opportunity to determine multiple possibilities of course choices and their equivalencies before departing for their program. As students will not register for classes until they are on-site, this form gives the students the opportunity to ensure that as long as they register for the pre-approved classes, they will be able to make complete academic progress if they so choose. With advisor and departmental approval, the Resident Credits form can also be amended while abroad, should students wish to register for new classes that were not approved before departure.
After the study abroad program is completed and a transcript is sent to Millersville University, the Registrar's Office determines the final transfer of credit. All courses taken at UBU will come back to Millersville as transfer credit. Please consult the Undergraduate Catalog ("Transfer Credit") for the transfer policy.
Refer to Global Education's home page at www.millersville.edu/globaled for the application release date and the final application deadline for each cycle. Approximate deadlines for applications are as follows:
- Spring: mid-Sept
- Fall: mid-February
- Year-long: mid-February
Before downloading and submitting an application to study abroad through this program, students are STRONGLY encouraged to research the program thoroughly and discuss their plans with the Office of Global Education, their academic advisor(s) and any family members or other parties involved in the decision making process.
To apply, click on the following link to be directed to the "To Apply" webpage. Be sure to read all instructions before completing an application to study abroad: To Apply webpage