- Salamanca, Spain
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
- Program Description:
The program allows you to be involved in 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.
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. You take 16 credits per semester (5 courses), and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. All courses are taught in Spanish.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit study abroad organization with 115+ academic programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. To learn more about what we offer visit our website.
- Setting Description:
- Stroll through Salamanca’s Old City (a UNESCO World Heritage Site!), and you’ll get lost in the beauty of the aged architecture, like the Baroque styling of the Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city. Many people flock to this university town because Salamancans’ Spanish is one of the easiest to understand, making it easy for you to communicate and experience a full immersion into the Spanish culture.
- We offer more than $2.2 million in scholarships & financial aid. Contact IES Abroad or see our website for cost, scholarships, and financial aid.
Based on 1 Reviews
- The Salamantico Experience04/14/14
In August 2014, I left the comfort of my home in the Rocky Mountains to embrace a new culture, language and people. Travel, communication and cultural adaptation presented an array of challenges in Salamanca, Spain. My independence blossomed as I faced
the adversity and obstacles of moving to a foreign country largely on my own. Throughout the 4.5 months I spent abroad, my self-motivation and confidence in decision-making grew dramatically. Now that I have successfully planned and executed trips across Europe, taken a semester of classes taught solely in Spanish, adapted to a new culture and taken large steps toward my goal of fluency, my perspective on what I can personally achieve has vastly expanded. While I hold collaboration in high esteem, independent drive is also a virtue. Studying abroad showed me the value of confronting obstacles even without the guidance and encouragement of others – affecting my personal and academic life and giving me a skill to carry into the professional field upon graduation. Additionally, I have always been a quiet person and struggled with insecurity. This shyness held me back from living up to my full potential because it prevented me from taking risks that could help me to grow. Due to my desire to improve my Spanish and abandon my reserve, I pushed myself to speak and reach out to Spanish speaking friends whenever possible. Stepping out of my comfort zone lead me to fortify and create relationships and experience the Spanish culture. I now realize that it is important to embrace my quiet nature, yet still throw myself out into the world by reaching out to people and trying new things. I am no longer so afraid to take risks because I know that I can soldier on through obstacles life presents and grow from the experience. Furthermore, one can read about other people and ways of life in textbooks but will never achieve a complete understanding until they have walked the streets, eaten the food, befriended citizens, and watched the music of another nation being played. Salamanca is rich in culture with ancient sandstone buildings, traditional Tuna bands roaming the streets and history etched into the walls, paintings and sculptures of downtown. One of the oldest Universities in the world rests here, offering not only a historical context but also an opportunity to interact with native students, thus forming relationships and practicing the language. The value of studying Spanish in a classroom pales in comparison to hearing it spoken constantly and being forced to express your ideas to the best of your ability in speech and writing. Studying abroad stands out in my mind as both a great challenge and opportunity. Because of my passion for travel, my constant quest of self-growth and my love of the Spanish language and culture, studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain was a fulfillment of my aspirations.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend