Jaén has one of the leading universities in Spain, known to offer high quality teaching. International students coming from countries such as: USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, China, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand choose to follow a degree abroad in Jaén. Jaén is a city in south-central Spain, located in the hills of the Santa Catalina mountains. The name of the city derived from the Arabic word khayyan, meaning 'crossroads of caravans'. The city is also known as the World Capital of Olive Oil, being the biggest producer of the oil, and the locals call it liquid gold.
As part of Andalusia, one of the largest growing areas in Spain, Jaén has a sustainable economy, having as main industries: agriculture (particularly olive farming and olive oil production), mining, construction, education.
Names of companies based in Jaén and multinationals with a local office include: La Aceitera Jaénera, Heineken, Manpower, Valeo, EADS, Huawei, Microsoft, Veolia, Saint Gobain, Cargill.
As an international student, you will be able to apply to a number of internship openings available in the local companies, and the university can always guide you in this matter.
Famous for its abundance of olive trees, Jaén has so many other things to offer to visitors and tourists besides views of the olive farms. This city in eastern Andalucía will presently surprise you with nice museums, Renaissance architecture and great and beautiful mountains.
Places worth seeing in Jaén are:
A lovely place to have promenades is Parque (park) del Seminario, or check the Úbeda’s pottery shops (alfarería) and buy a souvenir.
You will enjoy spending your evenings in countless bars, pubs and restaurants, especially since you can buy a beer at a very affordable price and get free tapas for each drink you order.
Embrace the local culture and attend some of the local festivities, such as:
A few ethnic communities live in Jaén, mainly Moroccans, Asians (from China and Pakistan), and a relatively small number of Romanians and British people. However, Jaén counts the smallest number of immigrant population in the Andalusia area.
In terms of foreign investment, Jaén is an interesting business market, accounting for a large number of companies, including multinational businesses. The main investors countries in the region are France, Germany and United Kingdom.
While in Jaén, you will experience hot summers and quite cool winters. Jaén has summer high temperatures of around 33°C (93 °F). December and January are the coldest months, with daily temperatures of around 12 °C (53 °F). The highest amount of rainfall precipitation occurs in November and December.
The University of Jaén (UJA) is in the Top 50 of the best young universities in the world according to THE ( Times Higher Education ). This ranking analyzes aspects such as teaching, research work, the international projection of the university or the integration of the industry. It places the UJA among the 12 best Spanish universities in the ranking.