International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)

Spain: León

Program Title Pitzer Exchange with the University of León
Location León, Spain
Host Website
Eligibility Completion of Spanish 44 or the equivalent is required to take university classes taught in Spanish (available only in Spring or full year due to February exams). Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College. Preference given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one preparation course is required. Area studies in Spanish literature or film, European history, or political studies is recommended. Additional preparation options include: Comparative Politics; Intercultural Communications; Language Culture and Society; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology or The World Since 1492.
Application Pitzer College general application and the University of Leon forms:
Program Dates Fall Semester: September–December (intensive language and culture courses only)

Spring Semester:
January to early July (students taking intensive language and culture courses only)
February to early July (university courses in Spanish)

Full Year: September to early July
Required Courses Participants are expected to take one course that includes content on Spanish history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Students with less than Spanish 44 may enroll in an intensive Spanish language program in either semester and all courses would be in Spanish language and culture. More information about the intensive language program may be found at
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser
Other Course Options The University offers broad curricular offerings taught in Spanish for student with advanced Spanish skills. From the University’s main page, choose “Students”, then select “International and Mobility” from the menu to the right. Choose the link “Information for International Students”, then select “Academic Offer?”.
Credit Possible Students are expected to take a course load of 30 ECTS in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. In addition, students will earn 0.5 course credits for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Students live with and take meals with host families after an initial hostel stay during orientation.
Advising Notes Once in León, contact Professor Cordero in the Sociology Department. He is a special adviser to Pitzer students. University of León has a good “Padrino” program through which our Pitzer students have a UL mentor. Office of International Students will help with volunteer placement and recommendations in the community.