The International Center was officially founded in 2002 although the University began a program for international students in the fall of 2001.  The Center currently offers a variety of programs open to students from all over the world.  The most popular is the semester-long Multidisciplinary Studies Program with courses both in Spanish and in English.  The Center also offers the University Integration Program (P.I.U.) for students with advanced Spanish language skills and Spanish language courses throughout the year. The Center also offers courses in the summer. As of March 1, 2008, the Center is accredited by the Cervantes Institute.

Joanna Wandycz-Mejías

Deputy Director International Center

Joanna, the Director of the International Center, holds graduate degrees from Indiana University and the UPO and an undergraduate degree from Providence College. Before joining the UPO in 2001, Joanna spent four years at Harvard University advising Venezuelan and Colombian graduate students studying in the U.S. and Canada. Her study abroad experience includes a semester […]

Mentxu Zalla Ansola

Center's Office Manager

Mentxu is the Center´s Office Manager. After completing her secretarial degree in 1998, she spent a year in Liverpool, England perfecting her English. Upon returning to Spain, Mentxu worked at a Spanish language academy in Seville for 5 years before joining the UPO in 2005. Mentxu is the student´s primary contact person at the Center […]

Marta Carrillo Orozco

Faculty Coordinator

Marta holds a BA in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Granada, and a MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and a MA in English Teaching for Secondary Education from Pablo de Olavide University. Her passion for languages and interculturality has shaped her professional and academic career. She has worked and studied […]

Lola Gómez Valpuesta

Housing Coordinator & Social Media

Lola is responsible for housing and Social Media at the Center. She holds a degree in Spanish Language and Literature, a Masters in American Studies and an MBA in Cultural Businesses and Institutions. Lola spent a year on an Erasmus scholarship at King’s College University in London and several months working at the European Commission […]

Jorge Pascual Díaz

Center's Communication Manager

For information regarding taking classes with Spaniards (schedules, course syllabi, etc.) and issues concerning Blackboard (Virtual Classroom), talk to Jorge or send him an email. ABOUT JORGE: He is the Center’s Communication Manager. He holds a degree in English Philology from the University of Seville and a Master’s in Graphic Design from the University of […]