Salamanca’s fame lies in the prestige of its university and the graceful architecture of the Plaza Mayor and surrounding neighborhoods. The Universidad de Salamanca, the oldest university in Spain and one of the most prestigious in Europe, opened in 1218. Tradition and history permeate the city, where construction on its “new” Cathedral began in the 1500s.
In this full-immersion program, classes are offered by Cursos Internacionales of Universidad de Salamanca, one of the preeminent centers in the teaching of Spanish in the world. Each four-week program is equal to an entire semester of Spanish language study, with a range of language levels available. You are able to participate in both program sessions.
You also have the opportunity to create a unique language and cultural immersion experience by combining two four-week summer sessions. If this option is selected, an additional three-day field trip to Seville and Granada is included during Summer Session II.
- Center: IES Abroad Salamanca
- City: Salamanca
- Country: Spain
- Program Credits: 5 credits
- Language of Instruction: Spanish
- Language Prerequisites: None
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Upcoming Application Deadlines:
- Application deadline has passed
IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with Cursos Internacionales of Universidad de Salamanca. While in Salamanca, you enroll in a total of 5 credits. All courses are conducted in Spanish.
Beginning Spanish students enroll in:
- A 4-credit Spanish language and conversation course and a 1-credit Spanish vocabulary course.
Past elective courses for beginning Spanish students include:
- Language Laboratory
- Communicative Activities
- Vocabulary Development
Intermediate to Superior Spanish students enroll in:
- A 4-credit Spanish language and conversation course and a 1-credit Spanish elective course.
Past elective courses for intermediate to superior Spanish students have included:
- Contemporary Spanish History
- Spanish Art
- Contemporary Spanish Literature
- Spanish for Business
Spanish Language classes enroll approximately 12 students per class, and the conversation portions of the course enroll approximately eight students per class - ratios that guarantee that you receive individual attention from your instructors. Please note that Spanish Language course level will be determined by a placement exam administered during orientation in Salamanca.
Taught by faculty at the University of Salamanca’s Cursos Internacionales, this course provides students with little or no previous Spanish studies the ability to develop their language skills through explicit grammar instruction and a variety of communicative activities. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to produce simple texts and conversations related to personal and familiar topics. Students will be able to provide uncomplicated descriptions and offer their opinions on well-known topics. Among the explicit topics covered in class are simple present and past indicative tenses, interrogatives, possessives, likes and dislikes. Class activities and conversations offer students the opportunity to develop and enhance their vocabulary on basic subjects related to their daily lives and experience abroad.
Taught by faculty at the University of Salamanca’s Cursos Internacionales, this course combines explicit grammar instruction and a variety of communicative activities in order to improve written and oral communication skills in Spanish for students who possess a high beginning/intermediate level of proficiency. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to maintain in natural and clear Spanish social conversations with native speakers, including debates over well-known topics. Students will be able to produce and understand written texts of moderate length on familiar topics. Among the explicit structures covered in class are ser/estar, commands, present subjunctive constructions, and expressions of time. Through class activities and conversations, student will improve their vocabulary and cultural literacy on a wide variety of topics relevant to their interests and experiences abroad.
Taught by faculty at the University of Salamanca’s Cursos Internacionales, this course combines explicit grammar instruction and a variety of communicative activities in order to improve written and oral communication skills in Spanish for students who already possess a high intermediate/low advanced level of proficiency. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to understand a wide variety of standard texts about familiar topics. Successful students will be able to describe in clear and efficient Spanish their experiences, desires, and aspirations as well as defend their positions on moderately complicated topics. In addition to a review of intermediate level structures such as ser/estar and the present subjunctive, the course provides students the means to improve their Spanish proficiency through practice with complex skills such as past subjunctive tenses and relative structures. The presentation of course materials also affords students the opportunity to enhance the breadth and depth of their vocabulary within a cultural context.
Taught by faculty at the University of Salamanca’s Cursos Internacionales, this course combines explicit grammar instruction and a variety of communicative activities in order to improve written and oral communication skills in Spanish for students already at an advanced level of proficiency. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to apply a wide variety of linguistic resources in order to negotiate a complex variety of conversations with an advanced level of fluency and precision. Students also should be able to understand and interpret all types of written and oral texts. In addition to a review of intermediate/advanced structures such as ser/estar, past tenses, a variety of subjunctive tenses, etc, the course provides advanced level students the means to improve their Spanish proficiency through practice with complex skills such as the expression of probability and hypothesis. The presentation of course materials also affords students the opportunity to enhance the breadth and depth of their vocabulary base within a cultural context.
Partner Institution(s) Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) T
he 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.
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 local 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.
The program begins with a 1-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Salamanca staff, your fellow students, and the city of Salamanca. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, extra curricular activities, 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 program with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Redefine the way you live and learn in Madrid through our cultural activities, such as:
- Walking tours of the city
- Local gastronomy outings
- Spanish cooking classes
- Flamenco dancing lessons
- 18 years of age
- In good standing at your home school
- 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- Graduate students and continuing education students encouraged to apply
- No previous study in Spanish language is required
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. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Spain for the summer. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.
- Tuition: $3,410
- Housing: $925
- Insurance: $135
- Total: $4,470
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.