The oldest association in Europe dedicated to the needs of American university programs abroad (founded 1968), APUNE (Asociación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España) is a cultural, not-for-profit organization that seeks to both further and facilitate international exchange between the U.S. and Spain.

APUNE offers a forum where member institutions share common concerns and developments. Due to its long-standing presence, APUNE has come to serve as a resource for governmental agencies both in Spain and the U.S. and has thus become an important forum for addressing both logistical and intellectual dimensions.

As part of its commitment to international study and understanding, APUNE encourages programming focusing on various dimensions of academic rigor, thorough student orientation and immersion, and the long-term establishment of ties between the U.S. and Spain.

Finally, through a voluntary peer-evaluation process, member programs benefit from the periodic review of offerings, something that serves to guarantee the excellence of the offerings of its members.

 2013-2014 Executive Committee


  • President-Alberto del Río Malo, CIEE Barcelona
  • Vice President- Manuel Colás Gil, Johns Hopkins University
  • Treasurer- Ignacio Messana, Florida State University

Board Members:

  • Almendra Staffa-Healey, EUSA Academic Internships
  • Víctor González, University of California-Davis
  • Patricia Rodriguez, Middlebury College
  • Sandra Soto Delgado, Sweet Briar College

Representative in the U.S.: 

  • Carlos Vega, Wellesley College 

For more information, please contact the coordinator, Mónica Pérez-Bedmar at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



On February 28, 2014, representatives from US Spanish Universities met at the 3rd Meeting between Spanish and US Universities, at the Miguel Hernandez University, in Elche, Alicante, to talk about new tendencies in Study Abroad.  On March 1, some of those representatives participated in a experiential learning activity, in Torrevieja, Alicante.
Check out pictures of February 28 activities, March 1 activities and a video covering the event!





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