University of León
The University of León (ULe) is a public institution of higher education and research founded as an autonomous entity in 1979. It is based on two campuses, in the cities of León and Ponferrada and the total number of students is currently 14,000 from which around 1,000 are international students from more than 50 different countries.
It offers a full range of undergraduate, master's and postgraduate degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area in all branches of knowledge, organized in 10 different schools: Engineering, Economics, Education, Languages and Philosophy, Veterinary, Biology, Law, Health Sciences, Mining Engineering and Agricultural Engineering. Each school features libraries and IT rooms and there are central libraries at each campus. Moreover, the University has a sports centre, language centre, Confucius and Camoes Institutes, cafeterias and many other amenities.
The University of León complements its teaching and research activities with a wide variety of training workshops, university extension courses, cultural and sporting activities, boosting business creation, supporting innovation, international cooperation and exchange, working with both young and older people... all of this with the aim of becoming an integral part of our community.
ULe has strong links with institutions and companies with more than 2,400 agreements and collaboration frameworks and has signed bilateral exchange agreements with prestigious Universities from more than 40 countries.
The University of León has received the accreditation as a Campus of International Excellence and several degrees have been awarded international quality accreditations: the Computer Engineering Bachelor has been awarded the EUR-INF and the Veterinary School the EAEVE. Moreover, some of their programmes are taught jointly with renowned centres abroad: a European Master in Business Studies, with the EPAS accreditation and double degree international programs in Mechanical Engineering, International Commerce and Tourism.
Located along the Camino de Santiago, both historical towns have excellent connections and safety records. Furthermore, since both León and Ponferrada are conveniently sized cities, the campuses are within walking or cycling distance, and there is also inexpensive public transport.
Housing is affordable, with plenty of options to meet all preferences: sharing a flat, living in a university dorm, or with a host family.
ULe´s International Relations Office provides individual assistance to the candidates throughout the admission process. To ease the international students’ arrival and help them settle into life in León or Ponferrada, ULe offers a welcome week and buddy program, and several activities are organized along the year like an International Week, International Coffees… The University also provides a wide range of services including sports and cultural activities.
All this, together with the lively atmosphere and friendly environment make students feel at home very quickly and they generally say their study experience will be unforgettable.
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