The Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio's Main Campus is located in Villanueva de la Cañada, just outside of Spain’s capital city of Madrid. This small university town has beautiful green parks and historic plazas to relax in, while just minutes away by bus students can access all that the bustling city of Madrid has to offer. Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio was the first accredited private university in Spain, gaining its charter from Spanish Parliament with the goal of educating students for the competitive world market. The campus is modern and green, and the university takes pride in its close ties to the business community and use of innovative technology. 

ISEP students immerse themselves in Spanish culture by taking university classes with local students and living in a shared apartment in the community or in a residence hall on campus. The university has an active student body, and ISEP students can participate in sports teams, cultural activities and student groups. Excursions to popular tourist destinations in Spain are also planned each semester. 


Students will receive a combined monthly housing and meal stipend. The UAX Office of International Relations provides information about available accommodation options, including shared student apartments and an on-campus residence hall. While the international office assists students in finding appropriate housing, students are ultimately responsible for arranging their own housing, signing their housing contract and paying monthly rent with their stipend.

Shared student apartments in Villanueva de la Cañada are the most popular housing option for students studying at UAX, and the International Relations Office can provide international students with the contact information of approved landlords. While some students choose to live in the city of Madrid, it is important to note that it is approximately one hour commute by bus from the Moncloa station in Madrid to the UAX campus, depending on traffic.

The on-campus residence hall with a full cafeteria meal plan (21 meals per week) is also available to ISEP students at UAX. However, due to the additional services provided this is a more expensive option that will not be fully covered by the ISEP stipend. Additionally, students choosing to study at UAX during the Spring semester will most likely not be able to live in the on-campus residence hall because it will not have available space. Shared student apartments are the most conveinent and recommended option for students.

In order to receive their ISEP stipend students are required to open a local bank account after their arrival in Spain. Due to the administrative procedures involved, the first stipend payment takes up to four weeks to disburse. Students should have sufficient funds to cover expenses during this initial period (housing and meals, refundable housing deposit, etc.) and budget accordingly. The first stipend payment will include benefits beginning from students' arrival date. All ISEP students are expected to budget their housing and meal stipend to pay rent and purchase groceries and meals. Students can ask their ISEP Student Services Coordinator for tips, as well as checking out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad

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Course Description

Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio offers courses taught in Spanish in subjects such as Veterinary Studies, Physiotherapy, Biomedicine, Medicine, Psychology, Architecture and more. One Spanish as a second language course is included in ISEP benefits. 

Tips for finding courses:

1. View the list of departments and subjects. Make sure the page is filtered by "Grados" as the type of study, and "Villanueva de la Cañada" as the campus, on the left-hand side. If you're interested in studying Business or Computer Science (in Spanish) offered at the Madrid campus, let your SSO know and they can switch your application.

2. Click on the department name, scroll down and click "Programa".

3. Scroll down and click on “Asignaturas y Plan de Estudios Grado en <department name>” from the drop-down menu. 

4. The courses are organized by semester and year. “Primer Curso” refers to first-year courses, “Segundo Curso” refers to second-year courses, etc. Within each year, there are year-long courses called “asignaturas anuales” (September – June) and semester long courses labeled “cuatrimestre”. Courses in the “Primer cuatrimestre” run September – January and courses in the “Segundo Cuatrimestre” run February – June. 

5. Some subjects also have a list of “Asignaturas Optativas,” which are elective courses. 

6. Click on the course name to view the syllabus.

If you are having any difficulties finding specific syllabi, please contact your Student Services Officer for assistance.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in Spanish)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture:

    Animal Sciences Equine Studies

  • Architecture: Recommended!

    Environmental Design/Architecture Landscape Architecture Urban Planning

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Aeronautical Engineering Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Civil Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering

  • Health Sciences: Recommended!

    Athletic Training Dentistry Dietetics Occupational Therapy Pharmacy Rehabilitation Science Veterinary Sciences Veterinary Technology

  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation Recommended!

    Environmental Science

  • Physical Sciences

    Hydrology and Water Resources Science

  • Sports Studies: Recommended!

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sport and Fitness Management Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Music Pedagogy Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Other Academic Conditions

Students must register for a minimum of 24 ECTS and a maximum of 30 ECTS. 1 ECTS = 0.5 U.S. credits, so a 6 credit course in Spain is equivalent to a 3 credit course in the U.S. Your home university ultimately determines credit conversion.

Students are only able to take courses offered on the Villanueva de la Cañada campus which is where all programs, except Business and Computer Science are offered. If you have any questions about what courses are offered on which campus, please contact your Student Services Officer. 

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