Villanova Semester Programs

The OIS currently coordinates five Villanova year-semester programs that are open to all students. The hallmark of a Villanova semester program is that at least one of the classes students take is offered only to Villanova students.  Villanova semester programs tend to require a higher level of independence and are geared towards immersing students in their host country.

University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne

Villanova University/ University of Melbourne, Australian Centre Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is Australia's second largest city. It is widely recognized as a vibrant and multicultural city with nearly 3 million inhabitants, yet has a relaxed pace and welcoming atmosphere. The University of Melbourne is the 2nd oldest university in Australia and is reputed to be one of Australia’s elite research universities. The campus is located just north of Melbourne’s business district in the leafy suburb of Parkville. The University of Melbourne offers visiting students the comfort of a true campus atmosphere and the excitement of city living.

Villanova Course in Australian Studies

Villanova students who choose to study at the University of Melbourne will participate in a special course designed just for Villanova students entitled Reading Multicultural Melbourne, which fulfills a HUM5900 requirement at Villanova. Within this course, Villanova students have the opportunity to study topics that are pertinent to their interests and majors in the context of Australia.  The special Villanova course will be held during the first six weeks of the semester, so that the classes are finished and the assessment will be completed prior to the start of regular university course assessments.

Academics at the University of Melbourne

In addition to the Villanova course, all students will also enroll in a full course load of four classes during the semester at University of Melbourne. This means that students studying at the University of Melbourne will be able to complete five courses while studying abroad.

Prior to departure, students will choose a tentative course schedule with an advisor from the Office of International Studies. Upon arriving in Melbourne, students will be able to register for their desired courses or newly listed courses that meet their academic needs and interests at the University. The University of Melbourne’s extensive course catalog offers a plethora of options for every Villanova major, minor, and concentration. For more information on available courses, please visit the Undergraduate Handbook. Please note that the University of Melbourne refers to their individual courses as 'subjects'. In addition, students planning to study abroad during Villanova's spring semester will be looking for Semester One subjects and students studying abroad in the fall will be looking for Semester Two subjects.

Information about the benefits of studying abroad at the University of Melbourne can be found on their Global Mobility for Incoming Students website.

Housing and Meals

In keeping with VU program policy and to ensure a better immersion overseas experience, students are required to arrange integrated accommodations. All students are required to secure their own accommodations in consultation with their OIS adviser. It is recommended that students begin their accommodation application as soon as possible!

Applications for housing must be made through the University of Melbourne's International Student Services.  This page outlines the housing options along with the estimated fees. All students will be responsible for paying their room and board fees directly to their housing placement in Australia.  

There are two main housing options in Melbourne: Residential College or Self Catered Apartments.

The Residential Colleges are affiliated with the University, offer a uniquely Australian experience and will provide a dorm-like atmosphere. Students who choose to live in the Residence Halls or Colleges should expect to pay for the included meal plan. Each College has its own unique identity so be sure to research the Colleges before you apply.  Competition to live in some of the Colleges is strong, so students can apply to up to three Residential Colleges through Melbourne's online system. Your personal statement from your general application may be used by the Colleges to determine if you will be a good fit.  

UniLodge and RMIT Village offers apartment style facilities and students are expected to cook their own meals. These apartments are best for the independent student. 

Application Procedure

  • Apply online as a Study Abroad student (You will need to register with Melbourne first to receive log in information first - please select the 'Study Abroad' application - not 'Exchange')
  • Upload your passport details, your study plan, and statement of purpose through the online University of Melbourne application (please note: If applying for a Residential College, your personal statement may factor in to your acceptance to a particular living arrangement)
  • Order your Academic transcript online via Novasis and bring it to the OIS
  • Collect one academic letter of reference written to the attention of the International Admissions Office at the University of Melbourne and submit this letter to the OIS.
  • Print out the Institutional Approval Form and submit it to the OIS
  • If you are applying to take Engineering, Psychology or other upper level Science subjects at Melbourne, please include short course descriptions of all relevant courses that you have taken at Villanova

Your Official Transcript, Academic letters of Reference and Institutional Approval Form are due to the Office of International Studies by our fall or spring break deadlines. The OIS will send these application materials to Melbourne on your behalf.

Université Catholique de Lille
Université Catholique de Lille

Founded in 1875, Université Catholique de Lille (la Catho) is a private university in France with over 25,000 students. The university is situated at the centre of the Vauban district, a residential neighbourhood in the heart of the city made up of cosmopolitan markets, stylish shops and beautiful gardens. On campus, students have access to shops, cafés, and restaurants which are very convenient for daily life.  The major tourist attractions (Vieux-Lille, Grand Place) are just a 15-minute walk away from campus.

Lille is an attractive and vibrant city with an overall student population of more than 100,000, nearly half the city population in a region with over 2 million inhabitants. The city is recognized as one of France’s most dynamic towns with a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities including fine museums, concert halls, and theaters. Famous throughout France and Europe for its warm and friendly atmosphere, the city is alive with cafés, clubs and restaurants.

Its location "at the crossroads of Europe" has made Lille a strategic location in the past as well as a vital city in Modern France. Its history is full of important events, from the different invasions to its role in WW2, which makes it an interesting city to explore. Wandering along its cobbled streets, students will walk past wonderful buildings and old monuments that tell its history. All of these factors make Lille an excellent city to spend a semester or year abroad!

National University of Galway, Ireland
National University of Galway, Ireland

Villanova University and the National University of Galway, Ireland

Villanova University's Center in Galway demonstrates the University’s acknowledgement of and commitment to an increasingly global world. Villanova's program in Galway was established during the academic year 2001-2002, and has had significant success in introducing students to the the many facets of life in modern Ireland. Since 2001, over 300 Villanova students have spent a semester studying at NUI Galway.

With the program, Villanova students are guided through their semester or year-long studies by our Resident Director Dr. Mary O’Malley Madec who will assist students in coordinating and implementing their on-site orientation, registration, and be the on-site liaison between Villanova University and NUI Galway. Dr. O'Malley Madec also teaches the Villanova Irish Studies course with is a hallmark of a Villanova Semester program.

NUI Galway is able to fulfill the enrollment needs of most Villanova University majors including many specific Business and Engineering requirements, as well as a full list of Liberal Arts courses.

In addition to academics, the Dr. Mary O'Malley Madec also coordinates field trips and points students in the proper direction for many extracurricular activities. Returning students have regaled the Office of International Studies with stories of anything from joining local rugby teams to volunteering in the local community!


All Villanova students studying at NUI Galway for the semester are automatically enrolled in the Irish Studies Seminar IS4100, which it taught by resident director Dr. Mary O'Malley Madec. This required course makes full use of the surrounding city by complementing weekly seminars on such topics as Celtic Ireland, Irish music and dance, and contemporary Irish society, with numerous study trips to area historical sites and towns. Since this course is interdisciplinary, it may count towards various requirements depending on the students' interests and academic needs, including but not limited to the Irish Studies Concentration. Upon successful completion of this IS4100 class, Villanova students will be awarded a letter grade which will count towards their official GPA.

In addition to the IS4100 course, students are required to register in 4 additional courses chosen from a wide-range of subjects taught at NUI Galway.  A preliminary course selection is organized with each student's OIS advisor prior to departure, however official enrollment does not occur until students arrive on site in Galway during orientation.  Information on specific class offerings can be found on NUI Galway's website. All courses taught at NUI Galway will be awarded transfer credit and will not affect Villanova GPA.

The academic environment at NUI Galway is different than that at Villanova. Most classes will be held in a larger lecture style setting and students will be expected to keep up with the readings and the assignments.  Often, classes will only have one or two exams or papers which will be the basis for a student's entire grade. This type of learning demands that students take individual responsibility for their coursework.

More information about academic and cultural life in Galway can be found in NUI Galway's Handbook for Visiting North American Students.

Housing and Meals

Most Villanova University students choose to live at the Gort na Coiribe student village. These accommodations are fully integrated, allowing students to truly immerse themselves in Irish life by living with other Irish and international students. Gort na Coiribe occupies a prime central site at the Headford Road roundabout in Galway. Only a short distance from Eyre Square and approximately 15 minutes walk from the University, Gort na Coiribe provides the perfect location for both the academic and social aspects of a student’s life in Galway.

Villanova University will work with accepted students to submit a separate housing application to Gort na Coiribe. However, once a student is offered placement at Gort na Coiribe, all housing deposits and semester payments will be made directly to Gort na Coiribe.  Estimated housing costs for a semester can be found on the Gort na Coiribe website. 

While living at Gort na Coiribe, students are responsible for buying and cooking all meals. The kitchen in each house/apartment contains an oven, fridge and microwave and is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. There is a grocery store right across the street from Gort na Coiribe. Food services are also available at the university. The Living room contains settees, dining table and chairs and TV with remote control, multi-channel TV and an incoming telephone service with voicemail is fitted in each house/apt. All rooms include Ethernet connections as well. Each property is also supplied with a Hoover, Iron and Ironing Board. Although linens and towels are not provided, our students have found that it is very easy to purchase them at the shopping center across the street from Gort na Coiribe, and makes luggage much lighter!

Additional Programming Option

Students participating in the NUI Galway semester program have the exclusive opportunity to take courses at the National University of Ireland, Galway during the semester and add on a six-week internship in Dublin during the summer months. Students are not required to participate in this opportunity, but it is available to all those who study at NUI Galway for the semester.

The Dublin internship offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of their choosing.  While placement in a particular industry cannot be guaranteed, internships may be available in the following fields:

  • Arts/Architecture/Arts Administration
  • Business/Economics (Finance & Accounting internships are not widely available) 
  • Politics/International Relations
  • Comparative Law
  • International Organizations
  • Health/Human Services
  • Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • Film/Radio/Television
  • Journalism
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality Administration

Participating students will be interviewed both prior to departure and upon arrival in Dublin to determine the appropriate internship placement.  Students will need to submit a CV and be prepared to talk about their past work experiences and future career goals and interests.  While placement in an internship is guaranteed, placement at a particular company or industry cannot be guaranteed.  Students should prepare to be flexible during the internship placement process. Upon successful competition of the internship, participating students will be awarded an 'S' and gain 3-credits towards either BA2002 Global Business Internship or LA2993 Liberal Arts Internship.

Dublin Internship Orientation and Social Program

Villanova University’s partner-organization, EUSA, will provide a one-week on-site orientation for students upon arrival to Dublin.

In addition, EUSA will provide a basic social program that will be available to students during the course of the program. This will include a tour of the city, a welcome reception and optional excursions.

EUSA’s Dublin office provides management and support to students for the duration of the program. A EUSA program director will be the principal contact for students on issues of housing, safety, culture and social life in the city. The program director also will serve as the principal contact with the Villanova University campus.

The program director will be available via regular office hours, outside the students’ normal work schedules, to answer questions and resolve problems and also will be available to students 24 hours per day via cell phone for medical, legal or other emergencies.

Dublin Internship Housing

EUSA will provide seven weeks of centrally- located student housing in Dublin. Students will live in Shanowen Square, a student apartment complex especially designed for student use. The fully furnished apartments consist of 3 to 5 single bedrooms with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living area, Internet connections and on-site laundry facilities. Located approximately three miles from the Dublin city centre, across from the campus of Dublin City University in the Glasnevin/Santry neighborhood, Shanowen Square is well served by public transportation. Once students have been accepted to the program, EUSA will send housing registration.

NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the Program if circumstances warrant.

Universita Degli Studi, Urbino, Italy
Universita Degli Studi, Urbino, Italy

Villanova University/ Universita degli Studi di Urbino. Urbino, Italy

Nestled in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, the city of Urbino played a significant role in the Italian Renaissance and offers a unique climate for Villanova students to participate in the Italian language, culture, and lifestyle for a year or a semester. For over 20 years, Villanova University has partnered with the University of Urbino (Universitá degli Studi di Urbino) to provide a summer program for students wishing to improve their language skills. From this longstanding partnership has come an exciting opportunity for Villanova students to study the Italian language and to enroll in courses directly at the University of Urbino, taught in English and in Italian, during the regular school year.

Academic Program

Villanova students who choose to spend a year or semester in Urbino will benefit from a program that combines intensive language study with coursework taught in English or in Italian, by one of the ten University of Urbino academic faculties. The academic program for Villanova students at the University of Urbino focuses on required language study and also offers a selection of Italian art, culture, history and business courses taught in English. Students with a prior knowledge of Italian may opt to enroll in one or more regular Italian-taught courses in any of the University’s ten academic departments. Because some content courses are offered in English, students do not need to possess a background in the Italian language to participate in this program, however it is highly recommended. Participating students should be willing to immerse themselves in the Italian language.

All Villanova students are required to complete a full-time course load for the semester including the pre-semester intensive Italian language, the Italian language course, the Villanova Italian Studies Seminar, and 2-3 additional courses.

University of Cádiz, Spain
University of Cádiz, Spain

Villanova University / University of Cádiz

For over 20 years, Villanova students have spent the summer studying in the beautiful coastal city of Cádiz and now they have the opportunity to spend the entire semester exploring the Spanish language and culture.


Students enroll in a total of five courses during their time in Cádiz for a total of 15 Villanova credits. The courses are comprised of four main theme areas.  All students will enroll in at least one course from group A, and then choose the remainder of their classes from the other three groups, not taking more than two classes from each group.

GROUP A.  Spanish as a Foreign Language:
The courses aim at increasing language proficiency by developing all language skills (speaking, writing, reading).

  • SPA1131. Conversation and Composition (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): This course focuses on developing skills in Spanish through all types of oral and written compositions. Grammatical points will be emphasized to keep the grammar alive as students practice to use it.
  • SPA1132. Advanced Written and Conversational Spanish (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): The course focuses on developing communicative skills in Spanish through all types of oral, literary readings, and written productions, increasing the students’ vocabulary, syntax and difficult grammatical structures.
  • SPA1138. Advanced Specific Studies on Grammar I (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): A course that deals with specific grammar aspects of the Spanish language: morphology, syntax, etc.
  • SPA3412. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics II (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). This course will introduce the core disciplines of linguistics, the scientific study of language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Additional topics to be addressed include dialects, social aspects of language and language change.

GROUP B. Spanish and Latin American Literature
These courses examine works of the most representative writers of Spain and Latin America. At the same time, the courses will help develop students’ communicative skills through reading and discussion over a range of the literary texts under analysis.

  • SPA3513. Early Modern Spain Literature and Culture (3 CREDITS), 45 hours. The course aims to provide deep insight into the understanding of Spanish poetry as a dynamic and complex creative phenomenon. The course offers an inter-textual approach that tries to relate the world of popular poetry (oral poems arising from folk-songs) and the polished poetry by educated writers. It will determine the origin of poetic genres and how they developed from its origin in European mediaeval times to the diverse forms in Latin America.
  • SPA3923. Spanish Narrative from Cervantes to Muñoz Molina (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The connecting thread from the hybrid discourse of Cervante’s Novelas Ejemplares (‘Exemplary Novel’) to the late 19th century novel is essential in understanding the creation and development of the novel features in the Spanish language and in determining the complex relationship between story and fiction in novel writing.
  • SPA4140.Latin American Poetry and Narrative (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The start of a genuine Latin American literature in the early 20th century established the conventions and defined the way contemporary modernism developed in the following decades.
  • SPA3412. The Latin American Avant-Garde Movement, (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The experimentation and departure from the canon that took place at the beginning of last century gave rise to experimentation and continued until it reached its maturity in the eighties and nineties.

GROUP C. Sociology, Communication, Business:
These courses provide deep insight into contemporary cultural aspects of Spain, including its literature, art, history, geography, festivities, gastronomy, as well as current affairs, so as to help students shape their own opinion and take part in social and cultural debates.

  • PSC 4875 Culture, Ideological Context and Democracy: from the Republican Regeneration to Political Transition (Spain, 1931-1975), (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). A good grasp of today’s Spain requires good understanding of its political development throughout the 20th century. This course focuses on the understanding of today’s Spanish society organization based on the period from pre-war political and philosophical regeneration and its intermittent stability until the democracy transition period.
  • SOC4000 Tradition, Identity and Interculturality in Today’s Spain (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The course aims to reveal the key components underlying a culture, namely the Spanish culture which is built upon three different foundations: traditions and cultural conservatism, the quest for a unique identity but showing overlapping nationalities, and the renewed make up of religions and customs reflected in today’s immigration.
  • COM3290 Representation, Image and Communication: Today’s Spanish Society (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). Influenced by Romanticism, in the 20th century Spain became an iconographic repertoire which, through time, ended in the portrayal of the Spanish tipismo (portrayal of Spanish society’s customs). The main objective of the course is to provide students with the tools to critically identify the topics and realities of Contemporary Spanish and analyze to what extents today’s Spanish culture has its foundations in the memory of its own history, image and representations created from the foreigners’ perspective.
  • COM3490 Cross Cultural Marketing & Communication in Europe (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). This course focusses on the analysis and observation of the birth, development and consolidation of the disciplines of Marketing and Communication in the European socioeconomic environment.  The course studies both disciplines within a capitalist society that promotes mass communication and the emergence of commercial and management ventures.
  • COM3390 Designing Tourism Campaign in Media and Film (3 CREDITS, 45 hours).  This course centers around the evolution and economic structures of tourism, as well as the functioning of the variables that articulate the business sector. It will also show how Spain and Andalusia extends through images and media beyond our territory. The overall objective of the course revolves around the different phases that define the birth, evolution and consolidation of this process in order to reach the necessary skills to perform the contextual analyzes necessary for the development of touristic plans.
  • LA 2993/BA 2002 Business Internship (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). Our Internship Program offers several exchanges in a typical Spanish atmosphere. This program is thought to help the students to improve their linguistic skills in a business environment. The most important enterprises at the Bay of Cadiz are involved at the moment in this project. These companies are distributed in different sectors such us: naval, aeronautic, services, etc.
  • ECONOMICS OF THE STRAIGHT OF GIBRALTAR (3 CREDITS, 45 hours) (in development)
  • GLOBAL BUSINESS (3 CREDITS, 45 hours) (in development)

GROUP D. History, Art & Cultural Studies.
The courses seek to provide the students with an analytical and thoughtful view on the most important landmarks in contemporary history and other disciplines of Spain. They also seek to encourage and promote critical thinking over the aspects that shape Contemporary Spanish society.

  • HIS3950. Spain’s Cádiz Constitution of 1812 (Constitución Gaditana) and its repercussion on the constitutions of the Americas (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The new period after the French Revolution gave rise to the Constitution of 1812; a Carta Magna that set the basic principles underlying modern democracy and served as a model for the organization of the Americas’ states. The aim of the course is to analyze such a process from a historical, social and political approach.
  • HIS3950. The Al-Andalus Civilization throughout its texts (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The main objective of the course is to provide students with an insight into the most important aspects of al-Andalus through its texts, both original Arab written texts and their translations that stemmed from this culture.
  • AAH 3009. History of Spain throughout its artistic manifestations (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The course focuses on the most significant landmarks in the Spanish history and their related artistic manifestations.
  • CST3100. Spanish Exile: artistic and editorial activities in Latin America (1937-1977), (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The Spanish Civil War and the postwar years interrupted a process of cultural regeneration in Spain. However artistic production kept alive in the exile of many intellectuals, especially in the United States, México and Argentina. This course analizes the artistic and literary legacy of Spanish writers in their American exile in their most representative manifestations: popular and children theater, Spanish oral tradition, journalism, fiction and the fine arts. It will also study the material conditions in which the exile culture developed.

Villanova students will receive a letter grade from A to F from the Instructors at the University of Cádiz.  According to OIS policies students will receive transfer credit for these classes upon receiving a ‘C’ grade or better.  The OIS will ensure that these courses are posted on the Villanova students’ academic transcript with the appropriate Villanova University course equivalency, but the Cádiz classes will not impact the VU GPA.  Upon program completion official transcripts shall be issued and submitted to the OIS by the University of Cádiz. 

Specific Major Programs

The OIS also helps coordinate additional programs that are only available to certain majors. Participants in these programs must work with their major/college advisor as well as an advisor from the OIS to plan their semester or year abroad.

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