Combine the atmosphere of a university town and the charming hospitality of a small city, and you have Salamanca. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, Salamanca is the most important university city in Spain and is known for its contributions to Spanish language education.

If you’re looking for a Spanish program that is fully immersive, our program in Salamanca is for you. In addition to an intensive Spanish language orientation and semester-long Spanish course, there are Spanish language writing, speaking, and theater workshops to bring your coursework to life.

The program is also linked to the academic and social life of the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), the oldest university in Spain and one of the most prestigious in Europe. Learn alongside your Spanish peers by enrolling at USAL or the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA). Regardless of your major, you may combine your interests in linguistic and cultural proficiency with your academic pursuits. You can contribute to a local organization by participating in an education internship in the spring semester or a service learning experience at a local not-forprofit organization in the fall semester.

If exploring a bigger metropolitan city and connecting to a major international airport for travels throughout Spain and beyond interest, you, travel to Madrid on the new high-speed train in just 90 minutes.

Salamanca will be your classroom. Get involved in activities like soccer games and language exchange gatherings with local students, movie nights, salsa and flamenco dance lessons, and local theater performances that will enrich your academic experience in Salamanca. You may also try out for official university sports teams that compete against other Spanish universities in sports such as soccer, volleyball, and rugby.

We want you to feel at home in Salamanca, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From internships to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. IES Abroad and USAL’s International Student Office offer special events and activities to help you make the most of your time in Spain.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Salamanca
  • City: Salamanca
  • Country: Spain
  • Program Credits: 16 per semester (5 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Language Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • August 29 - December 8 (IES Abroad Courses) August 29 - December 21 (Partner University Courses)

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2018 - May 15, 2018
  • Spring 2019 - October 19, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible— which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore Spanish language, literature, and political science, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. Students normally take 15-19 credits per semester (5-6 courses), and all IES Abroad courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. All courses are taught in Spanish. Craft your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • IES Abroad intensive Spanish language orientation course (required, 1 credit)
  • IES Abroad Spanish language course (required, 4 credits)
  • IES Abroad area studies courses (3 credits each)
  • IES Abroad Spanish language workshops (1 credit each)
  • Universidad de Salamanca courses in Spanish (1.5–4 credits)
  • Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca courses (1.5–4 credits)
  • Education Internship (3 credits, spring only)
  • Service Learning (3 credits, fall only)


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Art History

  • LT/AH 358 - Reading the City: Literature and Art in Salamanca (Fall)


  • ED/IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Education (Spring)

Film Studies

  • FS 341 - Spanish Film Noir & Social Reality (Spring)


  • PO/HS 347 - The Franco Regime & the Transition to Democracy (Spring)
  • PO/HS 366 - Regionalism in Spain: Political Union and Cultural Intersections (Fall)

Internship Seminar

  • ED/IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Education (Spring)


  • LT/AH 358 - Reading the City: Literature and Art in Salamanca (Fall)
  • SP/LT 344 - Love, Sex and Death in the Spanish Golden Age: 16th & 17th Century Drama and Poetry (Spring)
  • SP/LT 346 - Literature & Cinema in Contemporary Spain (Fall)


  • PG 235 - Photographing Art & Monuments: Salamanca and the Golden Stone (Spring)

Political Science

  • PO/HS 347 - The Franco Regime & the Transition to Democracy (Spring)
  • PO/HS 366 - Regionalism in Spain: Political Union and Cultural Intersections (Fall)


  • PS 343 - Psychology, Health and Wellbeing: Beyond Just Treating Mental Disorders (Spring)

Religious Studies

  • RL 271 - Paths of the Sacred: Pilgrimage in Religious Traditions and its Evolution in Europe (Fall)
  • RL 370 - Comparative Religion: Tracing the Path of the Spanish Soul (Spring)


  • SO/SL 395 - Service Learning Seminar: Social Service Organizations (Fall)


  • SO 375 - Gender in Western Mediterranean Societies (Fall)
  • SO/SL 395 - Service Learning Seminar: Social Service Organizations (Fall)


  • SP 303 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 303A - Spanish Language in Context: Orientation (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 341 - Spanish Writing Skills Workshop: Emerging Independent Abroad (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 342 - Spanish Speaking Skills Workshop: Emerging Independent Abroad (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 347 - Spanish Writing Skills Workshop: Independent Abroad (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 348 - Spanish Speaking Skills Workshop: Independent Abroad (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 351 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 351A - Spanish Language in Context: Orientation (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 353 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 353A - Spanish Language in Context: Orientation (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 401 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 401A - Spanish Language in Context: Orientation (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 403 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 403A - Spanish Language in Context: Orientation (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 441 - Spanish Writing Skills Workshop: Emerging Competent Abroad (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 442 - Spanish Speaking Skills Workshop: Emerging Competent Abroad (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 471 - Spanish through Theater Workshop (Fall, Spring)
  • SP/LT 344 - Love, Sex and Death in the Spanish Golden Age: 16th & 17th Century Drama and Poetry (Spring)
  • SP/LT 346 - Literature & Cinema in Contemporary Spain (Fall)

Partner Institution(s)

Enrolling in courses at a local university is a great way to meet Spanish students and improve your language skills. You are strongly encouraged to enroll in local university courses. Course offerings vary each semester.

Universidad de Salamanca (USAL)

The Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) was founded in 1218 by King Alfonso IX of Leon, and currently enrolls approximately 30,000 students annually, of which 700 are international students. USAL is recognized for academic strength in Biology, Education, History, Philosophy, and Spanish Language and Literature. The Department of Natural and Physical Sciences offers courses in Biology and Biochemistry that correspond to courses at U.S. institutions for students majoring in these fields. There is a two-course minimum requirement at USAL. Courses are available in the following faculties:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Education
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA)

UPSA was originally founded in the 13th century but closed in the mid-1800s. In 1940, the school was re-established and has continued to broaden its academic offerings with new opportunities for degrees and fields of study. Courses are available in the following facultades:

  • Facultad de Teologia
  • Facultad de Comunicación
  • Facultad de Psciología
  • Facultad de Educación
  • Facultad de Humanidades
  • Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud
  • Facultad de Informática


Fall Only Participating in a service learning experience in Salamanca is an opportunity to give back to the community while gaining a much deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people toward a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social and political issues that affect Salamanca, while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution. A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by an academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, on the issues of your host community. Possible placements may include organizations focusing on disaster relief, immigrant services, and social and political advocacy.

Course-Related Excursions

Course-related excursions are academic trips associated with courses. They are organized to complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Spanish culture and society. Participation is based on course registration. All transportation costs and entry fees are included in your program cost. Past examples of short course-related excursions include:

  • Tour the Atapuerca sites and paleo-anthropological enclave, the most popular in the world. Observe and have direct contact with archaeological remains.
  • Travel to La Alberca, a historic town in the Salamanca province. Tour a typical Albercan house and learn about the traditions of the small village. Your guide will describe life in a Spanish town of fewer than 1,000 people during the Spanish Civil War and the Dictatorship, as well as the changes that have taken place over the years regarding housing construction, gastronomy, and other aspects of daily life.
  • Visit the oldest library of the University of Salamanca to learn about the sociocultural impact of the University on Spanish and international history throughout many centuries.
  • Explore the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid to see the main works of Surrealism in Spain.


Spring Only Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship. Participating in an internship abroad helps you:

  • Add international experience to your résumé
  • Gain real work experience and skills
  • Build your confidence

All of our education internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Salamanca, it will feel like home.

Homestays – Live with a resident(s) in your own private room and receive three meals a day while the program is in session.

Residence Halls – All rooms are singles with an en-suite bathroom and a shared kitchenette. The residence hall features a weight room, laundry facilities, computer lab, study area, and game room. IES Abroad provides you with 14 meals per week. You'll receive a meal card to use in various university dining halls. Placement in the residence hall is limited.

Student Life


The program begins with a mandatory orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Salamanca staff, your fellow students, and the city of Salamanca. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. You will participate in a one-credit Spanish language orientation course that includes intensive classes in Spanish conversation and colloquial usage. Past orientation activities have included dance classes, a soccer tournament with Spanish students, and an excursion to Segovia, known for its Romanesque and Gothic architecture and for having one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in all of Europe. You also visit the charming Romanesque town of Zamora and the famous wine region of Toro. The program is designed to integrate you into every aspect of life in Salamanca.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Salamanca through our cultural events, such as:

  • Local gastronomy outings
  • Spanish films, theater productions, concerts, and art exhibits
  • Spanish cooking classes
  • Guest lectures and cultural events sponsored by IES Abroad

Orientation Leaders and Mentors

Participate in activities organized by Spanish volunteer students from our partner universities. Whether it's an international potluck, a pickup game of soccer, or a tour of the city's best restaurants you will gain a unique perspective on student life in Salamanca and create lifelong friendships.

El Club de Español

Our IES Abroad Salamanca faculty takes great pride in the quality of its language training. While in Salamanca, you are expected to speak Spanish within the Center and also outside the Center in your everyday activities. We invite you to join El Club de Español (Spanish Club), in which members wear a bracelet that indicates they are committed to speaking only Spanish all semester.

University Clubs & Events

Involvement in sporting clubs and student societies can be a great opportunity to meet local students. Club and event availability for IES Abroad students at the Universidad de Salamanca varies each semester; during your orientation, you will learn about the different opportunities available during your semester in Salamanca.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.00 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins
  • Some local university courses may not be available to sophomores
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Enrolled in a Spanish course within the year before the program start date

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa is required to enter Spain. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy; please contact us for more information. If you're studying with IES Abroad in Spain, you may be eligible to use the IES Abroad ACCeSS program. ACCeSS is our visa processing service in which we submit your visa application and supporting documents to the consulate for you.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $9,795
  • Housing: $2,565
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $12,590

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $17,620
  • Housing: $5,130
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $23,205

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

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  • Spanish
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