Foundation Year 2020-2021

The USJ Foundation Year aims to help students prepare for life at Spanish university through a year-long intensive academic programme. The programme will provide students with the linguistic and academic skills they will later need in order to follow an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme either here at Universidad San Jorge or at another Spanish university.

The first semester concentrates on developing the students’ Spanish language skills and also introduces the student to important aspects of Spanish culture that will improve their understanding of life in Spain and help them to adapt to living in the country. 300 hours of practical classes and workshops will develop the students’ speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in Spanish language.

The second semester builds on the work undertaken in the first semester on Spanish language so that students will be able to reach the minimum level of Spanish language required for admission onto an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme through an additional 240 hours of language classes. At the same time, students will have the opportunity to develop their academic, information technology and key skills through a series of 60 hours of workshops, classes and seminars.

Academic calendar

  • Semester I: September 2020 – December 2020
  • Semester II: January 2020 – June 2020

Classes will normally be delivered in the morning session (9.00 – 14.00) although students will be expected to be available for additional activities in the afternoons/evenings (15.00 – 20.00). Students will also be expected to undertake a series of self-study and groupwork assignments throughout each semester.

Programme structure

  • Semester I
    • Spanish Language and Culture (300 hours)
  • Semester II
    • Spanish Language and Culture (240 hours)
    • Academic Skills Development (20 hours)
    • Key Skills Workshop (20 hours)
    • ICT Skills (20 hours)

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted onto the programme, the student must meet the academic requirements for access onto an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme in Spain, except for requirements regarding to the level of Spanish language which must be attained before the completion of the Foundation Year programme.

Depending on their country of origin and previous academic qualifications, each candidate will be assessed personally by the Universidad San Jorge admissions team in order to define the admissions requirements and the corresponding admissions procedure.

Only students that meet specific requirements for admission onto an undergraduate of postgraduate degree programme will be admitted onto such a programme on completion of the Foundation Year programme.

Tuition fees

6285€ (does not include accommodation and living expenses)

Student services

During the Foundation Year programme, students will have access to the full range of university services available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Universidad San Jorge

Universidad San Jorge is a young and dynamic institution, opened in 2005 and located on a modern university campus on the outskirts of Zaragoza in northern Spain. The university offers programmes in the areas of health sciences, media and communication, business and law, education, architecture and informatics and currently has around 2500 students.

As a small university community, we offer visiting students a personalised and friendly approach to teaching which guarantees a learning environment that can be adapted to individual needs and an international experience that will contribute to your future professional development.


Zaragoza is medium-sized working Spanish city situated about halfway between Madrid and Barcelona and is the capital of the region of Aragón. The city has a population of about 750,000 and although it is off the normal tourist trail for Spain, it has a fascinating Roman, Moorish and Christian heritage which is reflected the historic monuments and buildings that are now integrated into its contemporary make-up.

The city is a safe and economical alternative to other more tourist destinations in Spain and visitors are always given a warm welcome by the locals. The large student population makes for a diverse cultural agenda, a lively nightlife and a broad variety of sports and open-air activities.

Further information

In you are interested in our Foundation Year, please contact our admissions team: