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Universidade de Santiago de Compostela EXC
Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Location: Santiago de Compostela
Year established: 1495
Student population: 42,000
The University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) is a public institution that undertakes education and research in a comprehensive range of fields. It is a leader in science and technology nationally and internationally and has maintained an exceptional pace of research and development despite Spain’s economic crisis, with recent recognition as a Campus of Excellence.
Deeply rooted within Galicia – the University offers courses in the Galician language as well as Spanish and other minority languages – USC is a pioneer in the transfer of knowledge from research to benefit society. The University has two campuses, both on UNESCO World Heritage sites: Santiago de Compostela and Lugo, an important city during Roman times.
Unique characteristics
The University offers a comprehensive range of courses including more than 110 undergraduate and postgraduate courses with plenty of research resources. The USC has 28 faculties and university schools and over 75 Departments.
Santiago de Compostela is the medieval capital of Galicia and believed to be the burial site of the apostle St James. The church erected over the holy remains has long been a popular pilgrimage site and the Camino de Santiago still attracts walkers from all over the world. Galicia is an autonomous region in the north of Spain, close to Portugal, which is known for its history and breathtaking scenery.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences






Social Work

Health Sciences





Restrictions: Media Studies (specific selection process at the Faculty and only 2 exchange students in total are accepted), Journalism (specific selection process at the Faculty and only 4 exchange students in total are accepted). Acceptance into Psychology, Social Work, and any Master's program is also subject to the discretion of the Faculty.
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: September- January
Semester 2: January - May

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
With honours (A+) – 9-10
Outstanding (A) – 9-10
Above Average (B) – 7-8.9
Pass (C-D) – 5-6.9
Fail (F) – 0-4.9

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.



Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in Spanish and Galician.
Language Requirements
To study courses in Spanish, students should have at least a B1 level of Spanish. Spanish and Galician language courses are available to exchange students.

Spain Santiago de Compostela


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

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Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university (in Spanish).
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
Students are required to register on arrival.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. (Spanish)

Information from the host university.
Information from the Spanish Embassy

Student Experiences

Miriam Barnes
Bachelor of Arts (Languages), Semester 1, 2014
Host City Highlights
The cathedral is a fantastic place to visit.
Uni Life
There’s an amazing Erasmus Student Network culture to get to know other exchange students. Lots of outings, camps, get togethers, all for a reasonable price - make the most of this opportunity.
The course load is similar to Arts at USyd.
Jamon iberico, tortilla espanola, pimientos de padron are all a must try.
The best place to stay is Residencia Burgo das Nacions, Campus Norte, if studying on campus norte (languages, journalism, and economics). This is the uni housing, and is like college, but is warmer & cleaner and comparably priced to other options such as flat sharing. (There are also colleges on south campus.) You can have your own room and bathroom, but share the kitchen and communal space. I made fantastic friends, and lived on campus, with the security of knowing there was always someone on reception, or the director to talk to if I had a problem. It's self-catered, but there are three reasonably priced student cafeterias, and multiple supermarkets, plus a bus stop into town within a five minute walk. This was such a brilliant decision. Get in early!
Money Matters
I was not able to work while studying and so had to manage funds carefully, but this is easily possible if you plan ahead as it is a small town and so not very expensive.
Getting Around
Buses anywhere in town were a euro and reasonably frequent. It’s also very possible to walk almost anywhere in town - it’s small. (Just rainy, so you may not want to...)
Top Tips
Get iron-clad medical insurance. The university’s travel insurance is not sufficient for this, neither is USC's. The hospital system is basic - you are in a small town, a long way out of Madrid or Barcelona. The PAU (university clinic non-emergency non-appointment triage place) should see you under duress with USC's insurance and Australian travel insurance, if you insist, as will (theoretically) Urgencias (emergency). It is also worth getting a private GP - often one who works with a private insurer like ADESLAS or SANITAS. You will probably need to explain to the GP that you are willing to pay up front in cash, and that you are not trying to get them to claim it off insurance. If you get really stuck, the Australian embassy can help with this. If you need a specialist, your best bet will be the private hospital La Rosaleda. Sort this out before you need medical help :)

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