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  • Locations: La Orotava, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: 1 or more courses at the 3000 level or equivalent
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment (shared), Apartments Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: Architechture, Building Sciences, Business, Communication, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Marketing, Nursing, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Basic Class Standing: Junior, Senior
Program Description:
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Study for a Semester in the Canary Islands!


Tradition and modernity go hand in hand at Universidad Europea de Canarias. Located in the town of La Orotava (Tenerife), the University is housed in a restored historic building equipped with cutting-edge facilities. A young university with a strongly international approach thanks to its relationship with the prestigious network of Laureate International Universities in Spain, it was created to be a benchmark of academic excellence in the Canary Islands and thereby attract the best Spanish and international talent. Their goal is to educate future leaders and efficient professionals who can respond to the demands of today's professional world.


The largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife sits in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of North Africa and is the destination of choice for millions of tourists every year. In Tenerife one can enjoy an incredible variety of extraordinary natural landscapes, from the top of Mt. Teide, the highest point in Spain, to the sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs and forests populated with prehistoric species. The unique island boasts two World Heritage Sites, one National Park and 42 protected natural areas. In addition, Tenerife offers innumerable sport, leisure and cultural activities, including the second largest carnival in the world.

Academic Calendar

  • Academic Year: Early September to Mid June
  • Spring Semester: Early January to Late June
Due to Canarias's calendar exchange students are only able to study at UEC for the Academic Year or the Spring semester unless the fall is their final term. 


La Orotava offers plenty of affordable housing within walking distance of the university campus. Students can search for shared apartments using any of the various accommodation agencies in Tenerife, such as “Inmobiliaria Inmorotava”.

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options.  Students will submit their housing payment directly to UEC or their housing provider.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1200 - $1800  $1200 - $1800 
Housing $1000 - $2000 $2000 - $4000
Housing Deposit (Refundable) $1000 $1000
Meals $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
1Essential Living Expenses $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
Books and Materials $200 - $400 $400 - $800
Local Transportation $250 - $300 $500 - $600
Visa (for US Citizens) $160 $160
Passport $150 $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $1200 - $2000 $2400 - $4000
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester).
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please visit the UE website for additional information about living costs (under the Live in Spain section).

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


To find courses please visit the Universidad Europea Academic Offerings page and click on the following link and select Canarias as their main campus prior to choosing their language of instruction (either Spanish or bilingual).  The Canarias campus only offers courses in Spanish or Bilingual so students should have a good background in the Spanish language.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the UE Canarias program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.