Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

Study Abroad in Salamanca: Academics

University of Salamanca

Founded in 1218, the University is the oldest in Spain. Christopher Columbus consulted the University faculty before embarking on his famous voyage (though his opinions were rejected). The University then went on to reach its peak in the 16th century.

The University of Salamanca is Spainís leading national institution in the teaching of Spanish as a second language and one of the most prestigious universities in Spain. Salamanca is in the region of Spain where the purest Castilian Spanish is spoken.

Academic Overview

Class attendance Attendance at a minimum of 90% of the classes is required by the University of Salamanca. Once the program has started, students have two days to change language level. AIFS staff will liaise with the University on behalf of students.

Evaluation 60% of the final grade will be based on the result of the final exam; 20% will be based on daily active participation during class conversations. The other 20% will depend on a partial exam. The maximum number of students per classroom is 14.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

The system of grades in Spain is different than in the U.S. The transcript will show the grade for every class in Spanish and in parentheses the equivalent U.S. grade as follows:

Spain U.S.
Sobresaliente A
Notable B
Aprobado C
Suspenso F
Oyente Audit
No Presentado Withdrawn

Transcripts are issued by the University of Salamanca and are sent directly to the studentís home institution at the end of the program. This takes 4 to 6 weeks.

Program Options

Spanish Language and Culture Program

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 a placement exam given on arrival in Salamanca regardless of previous experience with the language.

Classes are 3 hours per day from Monday to 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 2 hours of Spanish language + 1 hour culture class per day from one of the following elective courses: Conversation and Composition, Spanish History or The Role Women in Spanish History.

Additional Courses: For a fee supplement 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 taking classes in Communicative Activities and Language Lab.

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.

Elective fee supplements are outlined below:

1 additional elective class $170

2 additional elective classes $320

Classes are 3 hours per day from Monday to 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 2 hours of Spanish Language plus 1 hour from the 6 following elective topics: Conversation and Composition, Contemporary Spanish History, Spanish Culture, Spanish for Business, Translation English-Spanish, and Analysis of Literary texts.

Additional Courses: For a fee supplement 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 taking classes in Communicative Activities and Language Lab.

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 and Written Skills Practice.

Elective fee supplements are outlined below:

1 additional elective class $230

2 additional elective classes $425

Classes are 4 hours per day Monday to Friday for a total of 120 contact hours and 8 credits:

  • Elementary level students have 2 hours of Spanish language + 1 hour of vocabulary building + 1 hour of language laboratory or communication activities per day.
  • Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students have 2 hours of Spanish Language plus 2 hours of elective subjects. Students can choose 2 different classes from a range of Spanish topics such as: Conversation and Composition, Contemporary Spanish History, Spanish Culture, Spanish for Business, Translation English-Spanish, Analysis of Literary Texts, Oral Skills Practice, Economy and Society in Present Day, Spanish Art, and Contemporary Spanish Literature.

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

Intermediate and above level students choose an additional elective class from those outlined above.

Elective fee supplements are outlined below:

1 additional elective class $195

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

Classes will be in two blocks:

  • 3 weeks from June 5 to June 23
  • 1 week free time from June 24 to July 2
  • 4 weeks from July 3 to July 28

See Session 1 and Session 2 for details of class hours and available courses

Additional Courses: For a fee supplement students can take a further 1 or 2 hours of class per day for 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.

Intensive session with classes in two different blocks with a total of 165 contact hours and 11 recommended credits:

  • 3 hours per day from June 5 to June 23
  • 1 week free time from June 24 to July 2
  • 4 hours of classes per day from July 3 to August 11

See Session 1 and Session 3 for details of class hours and available courses

Additional Courses: For a fee supplement students can take a further 1 or 2 hours of class per day for an additional 3 or 6 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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