University of Santiago de Compostela

Street: Reitoría da USC. Colexio de San Xerome. Praza do Obradoiro, s/n
Postcode: 15782
City: Santiago de Compostela
Country: Spain
Phone: +34 981 56 31 00
IRO Email

History and Objectives

It was originally founded in 1495 when Lope Gómez de Marzoa created the School of Grammar there. However, it was fully confirmed as a university in 1501 when Pope Julius II issued a papal bull to prove its authenticity. At that time, the main objective of the university was religious instruction and this took priority over any other kind of teaching. In 1555 it separated itself from religious instruction with the help of Juan Álvarez de Toledo and started to work towards developing other academic fields. From this point on the university dedicated itself to scientific progress and the discovery of new technologies. In addition to this, the university does not just concentrate on the field of science but also the arts and humanities which feature so highly in its culture and history.

Governing team

  • University Council.
  • Government Council.
  • Social Council.
  • Rectorate:
    • Rector.
    • General Secretary.
    • Manager.
    • 11 Vice-rectors.


  • Santiago de Compostela.
  • Lugo.

International programmes

  • Socrates and Erasmus grants.
  • ALBAN.
  • Europe and UNAM grants.
  • ISEP and MAE programmes.
  • Jean Monet.
  • Leonardo da Vinci.
  • International agreements.
  • own programmes.


September-January (1st term) and February-June (2nd term). Examinations are from the end of January to mid-February and throughout June. Supplementary examinations are in September. Summer courses of Language and Culture for Foreign Students.


  • Health Science.
  • Experimental Science.
  • Social and Legal Sciences.
  • Technical and Humanities.


Degree in (5 years)
  • Administration and Business Management.
  • Agricultural Engineering.
  • Art History.
  • Biology.
  • Business Administration.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Chemistry.
  • Classics.
  • Dentistry.
  • Economy.
  • English Language and Literature.
  • Food Science and Technology.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Galician Language and Literature.
  • Geography.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Highland Forest. Engineering.
  • History.
  • Humanities.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Journalism.
  • Law.
  • Mathematics.
  • Medicine.
  • Pedagogy.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Philosophy.
  • Physics.
  • Political Science and Public Administration.
  • Portuguese Language and Literature.
  • Psychology.
  • Psycho-pedagogy.
  • Romanian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.
  • Veterinary Science.
Degree in (3 years)
  • Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Agricultural and Food Industries.
  • Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Agricultural Machinery and Structures.
  • Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Farm Operations.
  • Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Horticulture, Fruticulture and Gardening.
  • Civil Engineering, specializing in Urban Transportation Services.
  • Forest Engineering, specializing in Forest Management.
  • Industrial Engineering, specializing in Industrial Chemistry.
  • Software Engineering.
  • Topography.
Degree in (2 years)
  • Labour Relations.
  • Nursing.
  • Optics and Optometry.
  • Social Work.
Master’s Degree, specializing in (1-2 years)
  • Child Education.
  • Foreign Languages.
  • Music Education.
  • Physical Education.
  • Primary Education.