Oviedo and Asturias
Oviedo or Uviéu (in Asturian) is the capital of the Principality of Asturias and the main seat of the university and is located in the geographic center of Asturias. A city of medieval origin founded in 761 is situated in a delightful setting of natural beauty among mountains and valleys. The Atlantic Ocean (Bay of Biscay – Mar Cantábrico) is just 25 minutes to the north. Oviedo offers visitors the peace and quiet and safety of northern Spain's small cities (with a population of around 225,000 inhabitants). It constitutes the region's geographical, administrative, cultural and services center.
Oviedo is a very safe city. Its climate is temperate oceanic with warm, but not hot, summers with considerable sunshine but also some rain and cool, but not cold, winters, and a relatively narrow annual temperature range. It lacks a dry season, as precipitation is more evenly dispersed throughout the year. Oviedo's predominant climate type is also found across much of Europe.
Asturias's key geography features are its rugged coastal cliffs and the mountainous interior. Its 215 mile-long coast boasts a splendid panorama of beaches, coves and cliffs: from urban beaches to those isolated in their natural surroundings, not to mention Jurassic sites and natural areas that are the greatest pride (biosphere reserves, national parks, nature parks, nature reserves, protected landscapes and natural monuments). Most of Asturias's beaches are sandy, clean, and bordered by steep cliffs, on top of which it is not unusual to see grazing livestock.
The Cantabrian Mountains (Cordillera Cantábrica) form Asturias's natural border with the province of León in to the south. In the eastern range, the Picos de Europa National Park contains the highest and arguably most spectacular mountains, rising to 8,688 feet at the Torrecerredo peak. The Cantabrian Mountains offer opportunities for activities such as climbing, walking, skiing and caving, and extend some 120 miles in total.
The music of Asturias is varied. The most characteristic instrument in traditional music is the Asturian bagpipe, or gaita, which has a single drone in common with the traditional bagpipes of other Celtic nations such as Wales and Ireland.
Universidad de Oviedo
The University of Oviedo is a public institution of higher education and research in the Principality of Asturias. One of the oldest universities in Spain, the University of Oviedo was founded in 1574, while its teaching activity commenced in 1608. Today, more than four centuries old, it is an academic institution of repute, offering a broad range of official degrees, as well as providing a large variety of cultural and sports activities.
With an international calling, close ties to the region and a strong commitment to the transfer of knowledge to the business world, the University of Oviedo was one of the first nine universities in Spain to receive accreditation as a Campus of International Excellence on 26 November 2009. The CIE Asturias-Ad Futurum project brings together more than 300 regional and national institutions, companies and technology centers. In this way, the University of Oviedo undertakes 80% of the R&D and Innovation activities carried out in Asturias, and has cutting-edge services and facilities to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to the business world.
Since 1978, the Spanish Language and Culture Courses for Foreign Students have been building an academic and administrative infrastructure that allows participants to expand their knowledge of Spanish and enjoy all that the Principality of Asturias has to offer.
University of Oviedo has more than 25,000 students and 2,000 lecturers and researchers distributed in 16 different faculties and schools.