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Study Abroad | Salamanca

Spain | University of Salamanca | Summer 2023
Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Spain.
Spanish street.
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  • Summer 2023

Overview

Spend a summer in the sparkling city of Salamanca, Spain with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at the University of Salamanca. Known as the “Golden City” due to the golden glow its sandstone buildings give in the sun, the entire city of Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ambience during the summer is especially lively, with a large international student population enjoying the open-air events organized by the university. 

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 7 credits depending on course and program selection

  • Courses

    Courses offered in art, business Spanish, conversation and composition, history, literature, Spanish culture, Spanish history, Spanish language, translation

  • Housing

    Spanish homestay

  • Meals

    Homestay students receive 3 meals a day

  • Excursions

    The beach in Portugal (day trip) Session 1 and 2 and Mogarraz, La Alberca and Riomalo natural pools (day trip) Session 2

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    such as walking tours, museum visits, open air concerts, cooking courses, salsa and flamenco class, guided tours, etc

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

Program Details: Study Abroad | Salamanca Session 1

Dates

May 28, 2023June 21, 2023

Term

Summer

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$4,990

Stay for a year to save on cost

Eligibility

Open to High School Graduate, First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.0 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Area Studies
  • Business
  • Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Literature
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language

Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

The University of Salamanca was founded in 1218, making it one of the oldest public universities in the world. Today, the university is an important center for the study of humanities.

  • Area Studies
  • Business
  • Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Literature
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language

This program is for students wishing to combine intensive Spanish language classes with study of the Spanish culture. Spanish is available at all levels from beginner to superior. Course level is determined by an online placement test given before arrival in Salamanca. 

Session 1 (3 weeks) 

Classes are 3 hours per day from Monday through Friday for a total of 45 contact hours and 3 credits. 

Elementary level students have 2 hours of Spanish language + 1 hour of vocabulary building per day. 

Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students have 3 hours of class per day including 2 hours of Spanish language. For their third hour they can choose from a list of topics. See courses page for courses available. 

Additional Courses: for an additional fee students can take a further 1 or 2 hours of class per day for an additional 1 or 2 credits. Beginner level students continue to focus on improving their grammar and communicative abilities. 

Intermediate and above level students choose from a range of elective classes which may include Spanish culture, Spanish and Latin American literature, the Arab world in Hispanic culture and oral skills practice, Spanish art, business Spanish, Spanish and Latin American cinema and written skills practice. See courses page for specific courses available. 

Session 2 (4 weeks) 

Classes are 3 hours per day from Monday through Friday for a total of 60 contact hours and 4 credits. 

Elementary level students have 2 hours of Spanish language + 1 hour of vocabulary building. 

Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students have 3 hours of class per day including 2 hours of Spanish language. For their third hour they can choose from a list of topics. See courses page for specific courses available. 

Additional Courses: For an additional fee students can take a further 1 or 2 hours of class per day for an additional 1 or 2 credits. Beginner level students continue to focus on improving their grammar and communicative abilities. 

Intermediate and above level students choose from a range of elective classes which may include Spanish art, economy and society in present-day Spain, contemporary Spanish literature, oral skills practice and written skills practice. See courses page for specific courses available. 

Session 1 + 2 combined (7 weeks of classes + 1 week free time) 

Classes are 3 hours per day from Monday through Friday for a total of 105 contact hours and 7 credits. 

See Session 1 and Session 2 for details of class hours and available courses. Students doing Combined Sessions have to take the university level test on the first day of each session. 

Additional Courses: For an additional fee supplement students can take a further 1 or 2 hours of class per day for an additional 2 or 4 credits. Beginner level students continue to focus on improving their grammar and communicative abilities taking classes in Communicative Activities and Language Lab.

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Living Abroad

Homestay

Living with a Spanish family is often the highlight of the study abroad experience. It provides the opportunity for full immersion in the local culture and language and is the best way to improve your Spanish skills.

  • Shared room with another student
  • 3 meals a day
  • Single rooms available for a supplement of $195/Session 1, $250/Session 2, $390/Sessions 1+2 Combined

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Salamanca

Geography

Salamanca is an ancient university town situated in the west of Spain in the Autonomous Community of Castilla and León. 

History

It is a UNESCO World Heritage City and is home to The University of Salamanca., which dates back to 1218, and is the oldest university in Spain, and third oldest university in Europe.  

Cuisine

Salamanca is known for it’s local cuisine and is considered one of Spain’s best cities for a “tapeo” or a feast of small bites and drinks. 

AIFS Resident Director, Summer Program

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Julia García

¡Hola! I have been working with AIFS since 1985 and as Director of the Salamanca Summer School since 1998. I received my degree from the University of Salamanca, so I am very familiar with where you will be studying! I also studied abroad; spending a summer in San Francisco.

In my spare time I love traveling and continue to enjoy comparing different cultures. I have traveled around Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and USA. My favorite aspect of being Resident Director is watching students adapt and transform during the program. Salamanca is the perfect size to quickly become your new home. Everyone loves the famous Plaza Mayor with its sandstone arches and lively atmosphere with people chatting, enjoying the sun (and the stars) or watching the world go by while indulging in an ice cream.

You can find me in the AIFS office, located in the heart of Salamanca, next to the vibrant Plaza Mayor and a 5-minute walk from the university. I’ll be ready to assist you to experience one of the most rewarding summers of your life!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Spanish culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which usually include:

  • Welcome dinner
  • Spanish cooking class
  • Professionally guided tour of Salamanca – to help you get to know more about where you will be living
  • “Tapas” tour
  • Boating on the river
  • Horseback riding (extra fee)
  • Open air jazz concerts
  • Chocolate con churros in the Plaza Mayor
  • Visit to the Jeronimus Cathedral tower for a bird’s eye view of the city
  • Salsa lesson and Flamenco lesson
  • Discover treasures around the town and savor “holy” sweets made by cloister nuns
  • Theater in a cave
  • Swimming pool day
  • Visit to the Casa Lis Art Nouveau, Art Deco Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Modern Art and to the bullfighting ring in Salamanca
  • Flamenco performance
  • Evening music concerts in the Plaza Mayor
  • Fireworks by the river (in June)
  • Farewell dinner

Please note that students may pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Salamanca and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Spain. Previous excursions have included:

Riomalo river.

Mogarraz, La Alberca and Riomalo (Session 2 only)

Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees. Swimming in Riomalo’s natural pools. Includes round-trip transportation.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Portugal beach.

Portuguese Beach Day (Sessions 1 and 2)

Tour of Aveiro (session 1) or a visit to the village (session 2). Free time to spend at the beach. Includes round-trip transportation by bus.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Barcelona,Spain
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 15, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    May 27, 2023
  • Program Begins
    May 28, 2023
  • Program Ends
    June 21, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 22, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $1,886.00
  • Boston
    $1,794.00
  • Buffalo
    $1,817.00
  • Charlotte
    $2,024.00
  • Chicago
    $1,932.00
  • Cincinnati
    $2,185.00
  • Columbus
    $1,817.00
  • Dallas
    $2,093.00
  • Denver
    $2,139.00
  • Des Moines
    $2,070.00
  • Detroit
    $1,955.00
  • Houston
    $2,093.00
  • Los Angeles
    $1,863.00
  • Miami
    $1,978.00
  • Minneapolis
    $2,001.00
  • New York
    $1,679.00
  • Newark
    $1,679.00
  • Orlando
    $2,001.00
  • Philadelphia
    $1,909.00
  • Phoenix
    $2,139.00
  • Pittsburgh
    $1,817.00
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $2,001.00
  • San Francisco
    $2,024.00
  • Seattle
    $2,231.00
  • St. Louis
    $2,070.00
  • Washington/Dulles
    $1,978.00
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Ready to Study Abroad in Salamanca?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com