Exciting Winter Break

Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and language while at the Universidad de Zaragoza. You will be welcomed into the city of Zaragoza and experience the history and culture of a 2,000-year-old city.

The Universidad de Zaragoza was founded in 1542 as a research institution, adding teaching 30 years later. It now offers breadth and depth in many disciplines, including arts, sciences, humanities and all kinds of technologies. The staff at the Universidad de Zaragoza are highly specialized and have broad research and teaching experience that prepare students for all fields, from industry and medicine to archeology and physics. Situated in the heart of Aragon, flanked by the Pyrenees and the Iberian mountain range. The University itself is spread over three campuses. Students on direct exchange are administered by the Study Abroad Office while at the University.

Spanish bullfighting ring
Zaragoza, Spain's 5th largest city, is home to 700,000 inhabitants at the crossroads of Northern Spain. It's a modern city still connected to its ancient past. Zaragoza is a welcoming city that combines ancient traditions with feverishly, modern technology and with over 2000 years of history, its an ideal place for students to immerse themselves in the Spanish culture. There is a dazzling array of museums and theaters, restaurants and shops, pubs and discos, parks and, not far away, the Pyrenees with plenty of outdoor activities.

Grand Park in Zaragoza

Parque Grande in Zaragoza

Mason students who traveled to the island of Tenerife while studying at Zaragoza

Mason students, Hilary and Geraldine, pictured here, traveled to the island of Tenerife while studying at Universidad de Zaragoza

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Spain's website for further information.

How to Apply

Consult the How to Apply section first and make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for a direct exchange program. Next, attend a Direct Exchange program information session. Do this prior to starting an application to ensure that you understand how to choose the right program and what is expected of you during the application process.

Check the course offerings at the school you are interested in applying to and check to ensure that they match your course requirements. See “Choosing Courses Abroad” section below.

Once you’ve selected an appropriate program that offers courses that match your major, complete the online application and pay the $175 registration and processing fee. Please note that all supplemental documents are also required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please contact the program officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.

Choosing Courses Abroad

There is no list of pre-approved classes for you to take on a direct exchange program. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. Please refer to the “Departments and Courses” link on the left-hand side of this page for a list of course options on this program.  You must then complete a Petition for Transfer of Credits Form to ensure that your courses will transfer back to Mason.

Petition for Transfer of Credits Form

Download a petition form

Download petition form instructions for Zaragoza

You can fill out the petition form prior to acceptance into a specific study abroad program and in fact, you should begin this process when you first consider applying.  Identify courses at the host institution that are similar to those at Mason that you need to take.  This will increase your chances of receiving transfer credit approval from the Departmental Advisors who must sign your petition form. Follow complete instructions from the link above and contact your program officer if you have questions. 

Make sure you find plenty of primary AND alternate course options before deciding on a specific program.  Schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred classes is not guaranteed, so you should have sufficient alternate course options. Also, please keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 U.S. credits per semester.

*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.