Programs for International Students (Incoming)

During their stay, our visiting students of different nationalities are integrated into the classes with Spanish students so that cultural differences are appreciated and shared. A whole academic and also personal experience awaits you, in which the University supervises that everything develops in the best possible way.

Ready to study with us? Programs for international students


Semester Programs

At Universidad Villanueva, we have agreements with a number of universities, either through the Erasmus+ program of the European Union or through our own agreements with partner universities all over the world.

Here, you can customize your own study program. Upon arrival, you may choose from a variety of subjects offered in English, some only meant for international students and others that include Spanish students from Business Administration, Fashion Management, Law, Communication, Education or International Relations.

Courses Taught in English
Courses ECTS Term
Spanish for foreigners A1 6 ECTS 1 y 2 Download
Spanish for foreigners A2 6 ECTS 1 y 2 Download
Spanish for foreigners B1 6 ECTS 1 y 2 Download
Business Seminars 3 ECTS 1 y 2 Download
Neuromarketing 6 ECTS 1 y 2 Download
E-commerce Business Game 6 ECTS 1 y 2 Download
National & International Financial Markets 6 ECTS 1 y 2 Download
Leadership 3 ECTS 1 y 2 Download
Communication in Social Media 6 ECTS 1 y 2 Download
Consumer Behavior 6 ECTS 2 Download
Commercial Research 6 ECTS 2 Download
Fashion E-Commerce (5 vacancies) 3 ECTS 2 Download
Project Management 6 ECTS 2 Download
Courses Taught in Spanish

Courses and International Weeks

Each academic year at Villanova University we offer different short courses or international weeks. They usually last between 4 and 15 days. Students from different universities develop a project under the guidance of professionals who specialize in that field: data, fashion, entrepreneurship, language and culture, etc.

For registration, click here

The best professionals at your disposal

University professors, visiting lecturers, company managers and business experts, all leaders in their fields, form part of the teaching faculty at Universidad Villanueva.

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If you live abroad and would like to study at Universidad Villanueva, you are only three steps away.

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Welcome to Universidad Villanueva!

We wish you a pleasant stay with us and hope you achieve your academic goals for the semester. All of us in the international team at Universidad Villanueva will do our very best to help you make it happen. Please do not hesitate to contact anyone on the team for assistance while you are here:

Do you need more information?

Download our Fact Sheet, a basic guide to getting around Universidad Villanueva and the city of Madrid.

Activities to enjoy your experience with us

Each course includes different complementary activities aimed at immersing the student in a university environment, as well as studying the different academic, professional and cultural aspects of the international programs in depth. Enjoy your experience!

Traveling abroad to study a whole semester is a key decision in the academic and personal development of university students. At Villanueva, international students benefit from the knowledge acquired through the different International Programs, as well as thoroughly improving their command of the Spanish language, both for everyday use and in their specific professional area of choice. However, studying abroad is most significant for the personal experience it represents. Living and studying in another country, far from one’s usual environment, and immersed in a different culture is a truly mind-opening adventure that makes you much more self-sufficient and independent.

Visit amazing places

Visit the city and other amazing places such as Madrid de los Austrias, Museo Reina Sofía, Museo El Prado, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Tablao flamenco, Toledo city (just 30 minutes from Madrid) or El Escorial, with its monumental monastery.

Enjoy the local tapas while you go bar hopping

A tapa is a small portion of delicious food that goes with your beer or wine. Madrid has some of the best tapas-bars in the world. A tarde de tapas in Madrid is a must.

Sports championships

The University organizes sports championships (soccer and other sports) between students of different nationalities or students and staff. The best way to meet some new friends and mates. Do you want to join us?

Multicultural projects

The University promotes projects to be developed jointly by international and Spanish students, such as designing and publishing a “university student guide” in different languages. Do you want to improve your Spanish?

Traditional festivities

At Villanueva we also like to celebrate traditional festivities, such as the Seville April Fair, Christmas holiday, Carnaval, Saint Isidro…with all the typical food, music, and customs associated with them. Are you ready to have fun?

Gastronomic meeting

Each term, a Gastronomic Meeting is organized to test and taste our culinary skills. Each student, Spanish and international, prepares a typical dish from their country (something simple, no need to be a Michelin chef!) and we all gather together for dinner.

The City of Madrid

Madrid is the largest city in Spain, with more than 3 million inhabitants. Located in the geographic center of the country, it is the capital of the Kingdom of Spain, as well as the seat of the State Government, the Presidency and the three state powers.

Madrid is a modern and cosmopolitan city, with an ancient history and impressive artistic wealth. Madrid has a wide range of theatres, music halls, museums, palaces and monuments, as well as an animated social life in its taverns and bars. Here you will find a city that never sleeps, and one known worldwide for its unique nightlife. Its traditional and popular celebrations counterpose the demanding entrepreneurial, financial and business life of the city. Madrid boasts an excellent public transportation network which connects the central nerve of the city with all its residential districts and historical surroundings.

Cultural life

With its numerous theatres, auditoriums, and cinemas -mainly concentrated in the old Madrid area, and Gran Vía and Fuencarral streets – Madrid currently hosts one of Europe ́s most vibrant leisure scenes, reflected in a varied offer of musical and theater shows.


You could say that the first commercial venue to open in Madrid was a tavern. Nowadays, more than 100 of the traditional taverns established during the 19th century are still open for business. In fact, Madrid is home to the world’s oldest restaurant, founded in 1725: Casa Botín.

The Bourbons’ Madrid

The once idyllic fields covered with orchards was chosen by the Bourbon dynasty, and especially King Charles III, to expand and embellish the city of Madrid. Among numerous other works, Charles III commissioned the construction of Paseo del Prado with fountains, a botanical garden and a building that would eventually host the Prado Museum.


Madrid has been described as “the city with a thousand faces”, and it might well be due to the wide range of architectural styles it hosts. Royal Palace, Almudena’s Cathedral, Cibeles’ Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno’s fountains, Puerta de Alcalá...

The Habsburgs’ Madrid

In the year 1561, King Philip II chose Madrid as the new capital of the kingdom and within a few years it grew into the center of a great Empire. Narrow streets lined with medieval churches rapidly sprouted to the east of the old Muslim fortress. Many monasteries, churches and palaces were built in Madrid during the Hapsburgs' Era.

Modern Madrid

The long and tree-lined Paseo de la Castellana represents the central axis of modern Madrid, with the highest concentration of contemporary and high-rise buildings in the city. An extension of the long avenue formed by the Paseo del Prado and Recoletos which culminates in the Plaza de Colón (Columbus' Square).