Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

Living Abroad - January Term 2018

AIFS in Salamanca Resident Director, January Term Program

AIFS Resident Director

Gaye Michaels

Plaza del Corrillo 19, 2-2
37002 Salamanca, Spain

Phone: 34 (923) 26 98 91
Email: gmichaels@aifs.co.uk

¡Hola! I have coordinated study abroad programs at the University of Salamanca since 1987 and have been working as AIFS Resident Director since 1993. I received my BA from SUNY Cortland in 1983 and spent my junior and senior years of undergraduate study at the University of Salamanca, so I am very familiar with where you will be studying and living.

I love getting to know my students and will enjoy assisting you in your adjustment not only to your new environment but to your new self! I want to help you expand your horizons - rarely will you have an opportunity like this to spend time living in a native's home, watching local television and sharing home-cooked meals with them while chatting about their lives.

As Resident Director, I am your counselor, administrator and friend. I provide guidance and support during this program full of excitement, adventure and education. You will find me in the AIFS office, in the heart of Salamanca, next to the Plaza Mayor and a 5-minute walk from the University.

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

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Housing and Meals

Living in a Spanish homestay is one of the best ways to learn Spanish and experience the culture first hand. Many students say that the Spanish homestay experience was the most rewarding part of their time abroad. Homes are carefully selected by the Resident Director and students have 3 meals a day with the family. Internet access and a once a week laundry service is also included.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Spanish culture, the AIFS team in Salamanca arranges a variety of cultural and social activities. Typical activities may include:

  • Welcome party
  • Guided tour of Salamanca including the University and Cathedrals
  • “Tapas” tour
  • Spanish cooking class
  • Visit to the bullfighting museum
  • Chocolate con churros in the Plaza Mayor
  • Visit to the Jeronimus Cathedral tower for a bird’s eye view of the city
  • Casa Lis Art Nouveau and Art Déco Museum visit
  • Farewell party