Universidad de León Spanish Language Standalone Program

Language Standalone
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

With a history that stretches back to 1852, Universidad de León is one of the most prominent public universities in Europe. Its campus incorporates several of the city’s neighborhoods and stretches west to the city of Ponferrada, offering you ample opportunities to explore this unique corner of Spain. During your time here, build strong and lasting relationships with your peers, university faculty, and locals.

Try dance lessons and karate classes, trekking and climbing at Leon

Dive into rigorous academic endeavor and first-class education

Historic sites, modern museums and galleries, and famous neighborhoods

Practice your Spanish with locals in León’s charming cafes and lively bars

Program Advisor

Student Counselor SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite Level:
Academic Level:
Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Strengths:
Business, Economics & Finance, Economics, Accounting, Management, Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies
Visa Required:

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Whenever we eat lunch together, I talk with international friends and we teach each other about our cultures.

Universidad de León SAF Alumni


About the University

Universidad de León

Universidad de León is one of the most prominent institutions in Europe and welcomes students from all over the world to its official center of languages.

Leon, once the capital kingdom in the middle ages, is an ideal location to study Spanish and explore architectural masterpieces and famous cathedrals. By day, immerse yourself in the rich culture of the city, where the traditional language of Leonese is still a dialect spoken by locals. By night, enjoy the modern nightlife of Leon, which seamlessly blends the old and new to deliver an all-around unforgettable study abroad experience.

Learn more at Universidad de Leon's official website


Universidad de León's Academic Approach

Enrolling in Spanish courses at León gives you have solid opportunities to practice Spanish without the influence of other languages. The language center has 50 years of experience in offering Spanish courses and takes pride in knowing each student personally, providing small class sizes, experienced teachers, personalized lessons, and organized activities and visits around León.


Classroom Hours

You have around 20 hours of tuition but contact time varies by language level placement. Classes meet 4 hours each morning, Monday to Friday.

*SAF program fee tuition rate is based upon enrollment in 20 hours of language instruction per week.

Language Levels

Classes range from CEFR A1 to C2, with each language level following core courses that focus on general written and spoken Spanish:

  • Grammar
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Culture

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

There are no requirements to join this program.

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall 2024 Language

Program dates:
Early September - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Fall 2024 Language + Winter 2025 Language

Program dates:
Early September - Mid March
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Fall 2024 Language + Winter 2025 Language + Spring 2025 Language

Program dates:
Early September - Early June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Housing Information



During your time in León, you become part of a friendly homestay family, sharing in the day-to-day life of your Spanish-speaking hosts. 

*Housing is subject to availability. For specific questions regarding housing please contact SAF.

About Leon

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Why Leon

An ancient city in stunning northwest Spain, León is laidback. By day, León is abundant in culture, art, and famous cathedrals. By night, it comes alive, creating a perfect blend of old and new. Just a three-hour drive from the famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, León is a wonderful place to absorb fully the rich Spanish culture.  

Learn more about Leon

The Student Experience

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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