Summer University 2016


2016: An Asturian Odyssey

Organized by AEGEE-Oviedo

In cooperation with Health4Youth

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Forget all you’ve heard about Spanish culture because AEGEE-Oviedo is here to discover you the magnificent region of Asturias, where the history says Spain was born —“Wait, what?” Yes, we know… you’re starting to get shocked. But nothing is comparable to what you’re going to feel, to learn, to enjoy and to taste this summer with us.

Imagine a place where distances are ethereal, where you can hike at an ancient mountain pass (a canyon in between 2000 metres peaks) in the morning, taste the glorious and famous asturian gastronomy (that by the way has nothing to do with paella and sangria) at midday and surf the Cantabric sea waves in the afternoon, get some relax at some of the best beaches in the world and then play paintball at an awesome natural field in the forest.

Not even enough for you? What if you could do that trip from the heart of the “Picos de Europa” (the second most mountainous region in Europe, right after Switzerland) to the seashore in a non-conventional way? Does kayaking down the Sella river, most famous one in Northern Spain, sound good to you? What about mountain-biking in the company of two grizzly bears throughout an abandoned coal-train railway?

But moving around this legendary land is not all you’ll do. At some point you’ll stand static… learning how to pour from above your head (yes, you’ve read it correctly) a glass Sidra, our most typical drink which you’ll fall in love with in awesome parties and celtic festivals (did you know we have bagpipers in here?). At the end of the day, if there’s something we are not that different with the rest of Spain is in our inner party-animal.

And that’s not all, because even though a huge part of our SU will be about adventure, sports and getting in touch with the nature we’ll have time to discover the Asturian traditions, visit the most representative cities (such as Oviedo, Avilés, Gijón) and breathtaking villages with hidden treasures, but also to develop yourself with little trainings that will improve your lives and the ones who are around you.

This is not Spain as clichés say. This won’t be a beach and sleep event. This is not going to be a typical Summer University.

If you want to discover why, we are waiting for your motivation letters.

See you in Asturias next July.

General Information:

From: Wednesday, July 20th
To: Tuesday, August 2nd
Starts in: Gijon
Ends in: Gijon
Type: Summer Course info_outline
Thematic categories: Sports / History and Local Culture
Fee: 182€ info_outline
25 Friends
Accomodation: Gym and youth hostel. Sleeping bag and mattress needed.
Confirmation: Pay 100% of the fee in advance
Optional fee: 35€
Used for: Surfing in the Cantabric Sea and kayaking down river Sella.
Alternative: Games in the beach.
Language: English.
Special equipment needed:
Suited for disabled people: No


Discovering the diversity of Northern Spain through sports, culture, environmental caring and adventure.


Phone: +34622133229

Our ideal participant:

    We are looking for someone active, really motivated, who doesn't worry about the lack of sleep, who enjoys cultural activities and loves sports at the same time. Suming up: someone who really wants to have the time of his life while discovering a different Spain!


  • Mountain biking throughout abandoned coal-train railway
  • Hiking between 2000m peaks
  • Paintball competition
  • Surfing in the Cantabric Sea (optional fee)
  • Kayaking down river Sella (optional fee)
  • How to pour Sidra the asturian way WS.
  • Sidra Brewery Tour
  • Gymkhanas
  • Crazy 88
  • Visits to most important cities.
  • Visit to world's smallest beach Gulpiyuri.
  • Visit to Covadonga, where Spain was born.
  • Typical Asturian festival in Naves.

Course Information:

Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Gerardo García (AEGEE-Academy trainer + PRC speaker), Mayri Tiido (AEGEE-Academy trainer + H4Y member), Laura López (experienced member and participant in mini-T4T organised by AEGEE-Academy).
Supported by University: No

Join the Summer University and visit:


It is the largest city in Asturias. You'll get amazed by its breathtaking coastline and its activeness. Furthermore, it's been named as European City of Sports for the upcoming 2016 year!


It is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. As Woody Allen once said: "Oviedo drives me crazy. Once I retire, Oviedo would be the place for it".


Where Spain was born! In 722 AD, Iberian Christians won a namesake battle over the Muslims in Covadonga. This was the first Christian victory in the Iberian Peninsula over the Arabs and Berbers invading from north Africa.

Picos de Europa

The most beautiful part of the entire world. Too optimistic? Maybe, but it'll take your breath out once you hike between 2000m peaks in this mountainous region.


Have you ever seen a beach not in the sea shore but in the middle of a field? Difficult to imagine we know, but after all those pictures you're gonna take, your FB friends will envy you for being in such an amazing place!