Spend your Semester in Tarragona

Fall Semester 2018

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Application Deadline for Fall Semester: May 4th, 2018

On the Mediterranean coast just south of Barcelona, spend your semester studying Spanish while experiencing Spanish education and interacting with other Spanish students. This educational opportunity is designed to give you rare classroom experience in Spain. 

Program Cost

Total Program Cost: $15,000

• Tips and hints on preparation for travel
• Assistance with flights
• Orientation to culture and education practices
• Semester housing
• All tuition and school placements
• Membership in a Latin American Teaching and Learning Community upon return. 

Program Details

Where you will study 

The Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) was created in 1991 by the Parliament of Catalonia from the already existing university faculties and schools. In this way the Tarragona University of the 16th century was restored. From the very first day its aim has been very clear: to place knowledge at the service of society so as to contribute to the social and economic development of its environment, which has gradually transformed over time.

URV is one of the leading universities in Catalonia and Europe because of the quality of its teaching, its commitment to lifelong learning, and the excellence of its research, development and innovation. As an institution it is increasingly striving for the internationalization of research, teaching, learning and services.

The Universitat Rovira i Virgili consists of 12 faculties and schools in which 1,500 lecturers and researchers provide quality degrees to over 11,000 undergraduates and 1,500 master’s-degree and doctoral students, who attend courses in all knowledge areas: the sciences, health sciences, social and legal sciences, engineering and architecture, arts and humanities, all adapted to the European Higher Education Area.


Students will have the following options:
• Take courses for the fall semester
• Participate in schools in Tarragona

For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, please contact Dr. Allison Witt.


The majority of classes are taught in Spanish or Catalan.  Some courses are taught in English. 

Scholarship Information

The College of Education will provide qualified students with a $500 scholarship for studying abroad. Please plan to budget an additional $600-$1000 for ground transportation, some meals, thank you gifts for your homestay family and host teachers, tourist activities, other incidentals including international student insurance.

Students may also review other available scholarship options through Illinois International, including the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship. Learn More

Financial Aid

Because this program is sponsored by the University of Illinois, financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to your program will depend on your financial aid package. Because there are many variables that determine your financial aid package, it is best that you consult with a financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package. 

Upon admission to a program, you will be provided with a financial aid budget form to submit to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

*If you are a non-Illinois student, please contact the Illinois Program Coordinator or the Office of International Programs for assistance in applying for financial aid through your own institution.

Questions? Contact Dr. Allison Witt.