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Study Abroad

Program Profile




Lleida, Catalonia


Spanish and Catalan


English Language and Literature

Spanish Language and Culture

Catalan Language and Culture


  • Sophomore standing
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Nomination by SIUE Study Abroad Office


Fall semester: September to early February

Spring semester: February to early July

Fall & Spring semesters: September to early July


Tuition: Students pay SIUE tuition for courses taken at Lleida and are billed through SIUE. University of Lleida tuition and academic fees are waived for students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Additional Costs: Housing and meals, airfare, textbooks and supplies, personal expenses, health insurance, passport.

Application Deadline:

15 June for Fall semester

15 November for Spring semester

Program Overview

The University of Lleida (UdL) is a public institution with approximately 9,650 students and 750 professors. The UdL is made up of seven faculties or schools (Faculty of Law and Economics, Higher Technical School of Agrarian Engineering (ETSEA), Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Higher Polytechnic School (EPS), Faculty of Medicine, University School of Nursing) and four affiliated centres: National Physical Education Institute of Catalonia (INEFC), University School of Industrial Relations, University School of Tourism "Terres de Lleida", and the University School of Tourism in Manresa. The University of Lleida has several campuses, situated in different areas of the town. Each campus is meant to create a pleasant academic atmosphere, which fosters study, research and debate.

SIUE students participating in the Lleida program have access to university facilities and services alongside Spanish and other International Students. The University of Lleida receives every year approximately 200 International Students from all over the world: Europe, South America, Asia, and the U.S.

Academic Program

Required courses:

Intensive Spanish for Non-Native Speakers (beginning - advanced levels)

Intensive Catalan for Non-Native Speakers (beginning level)

Additional Courses:

UdL is a suitable site for SIUE English majors or minors and Spanish majors. SIUE students may enroll in a wide variety of English Language and Literature courses, and those with advanced level Spanish language abilities may enroll in Spanish Language and Literature courses along with native Spanish speaking students.

For English courses see:

For Spanish courses see:

During the application process, students will work with the SIUE Study Abroad Coordinator and the appropriate SIUE academic department (English or Foreign Languages) to identify suitable courses at Lleida for which SIUE credit and grades will be awarded.

The city of Lleida, with 120,000 inhabitants, is the most important demographic, economic and cultural centre in inland Catalonia. The town, which may appear on some maps with the Spanish spelling "Lérida", enjoys a privileged strategic situation. It is only two hours' drive to the Pyrenees ski resorts and to France and an hour to the Mediterranean beaches. Lleida is located in the center of a rich agricultural region, on the banks of the river Segre. It is a city with plenty of services, with an extensive trading tradition and one of the highest incomes per capita in Spain. Lleida is situated 155 kilometers west of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. Catalonia, one of the 17 autonomous regions in Spain which compose the Spanish State, is a modern and diverse country, with a strong personality, characterized by its own rich history, culture, language and traditions. The city has a continental climate, with cold and dry winters and very hot summers. Temperature often ranges from below 32° F in winter to over 95º F in summer.

Further information about Lleida and Catalonia is available at the International Relations Office website:

There are several housing possibilities for students in Lleida:

• University Apartments:

• Private Residences

• Shared Flats

The most economically convenient option (and what both regular and international students most often choose) is sharing a flat. Rent ranges from 100€ (Euros) to 160€ (Euros) per student per month. Available flats can be found on the following web pages: or

The International Office at the University of Lleida can provide e-mail addresses from international students who are leaving after fall semester to students arriving in spring semester, so that they can rent the room the student is leaving.

SIUE students accepted and approved for participation in the Lleida exchange program will be registered in and pay SIUE tuition for the pre-approved SIUE course equivalencies for the courses undertaken at Lleida. By virtue of the exchange agreement signed between Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the University of Lleida, tuition and academic fees are waived for SIUE students. Students are responsible for: airfare, local transportation, books, passport, visa fees, personal expenses and transportation from Barcelona Airport to Lleida. Students should plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel, personal spending money, etc.

Read a narrative of an SIUE student's study abroad experience at the University of Lleida.

University of Lleida Guide for Exchange and Visiting Students is available at