Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

Study Abroad in Salamanca: Courses

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Spanish Language and Culture Program

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses for each session: Sessions 1, 2, 3, 1+2 Combined and 1+3 Combined. All students take a Spanish language (grammar) course regardless of which Session you choose. A language placement test after arrival in Salamanca will determine the correct level of Spanish for you. We recommend that students gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels in order to ensure that they receive credit for the level that they test into.

Spanish Grammar Courses

Spanish Language 101 (3) (4) (8) (7) (11) | Nivel Elemental/Elementary

For students with a little or no previous Spanish language experience. Equal to an advanced elementary or low intermediate course in most U.S. universities. Conducted in Spanish, includes 2 hours of Spanish grammar and conversation emphasizing fluency. Focus on functional uses of the language (greetings, saying goodbye, introducing oneself, asking information such as addresses, favors, time and day, etc.). Grammar covers alphabet, present verbs, introductions to past verbs, simple comparisons, pronouns, “ser/estar”, “ir a” plus infinitive, “estar” plus gerund, imperative sentences, etc.

Spanish Language 201 (3) (4) (8) (7) (11) | Nivel Intermedio/Intermediate

Suitable for students who have a basic knowledge of the Spanish grammar and enough vocabulary to participate in class conversation. Grammar content includes: “ser” versus “estar”, preterit versus imperfect verbs, the conditional, future tense, “estar” plus gerund, superlatives, making hypothesis etc. Communication skills focus on narrating in past and future, giving advice, describing in the past and future tense, asking and giving information about curriculum vitae, etc.

Spanish Language 301 (3) (4) (8) (7) (11) | Nivel Avanzado/Advanced

Equivalent to an extremely advanced undergraduate course or a basic graduate course in most U.S. universities. This course focuses strongly on communicative and grammatical skills. Content includes: the subjunctive, pluscuamperfecto, correct use of “ser” and “estar”, phrases with prepositions that indicate time, “por” and “para”, personal pronouns, movement verbs with prepositions, independent phrases with subjunctive, etc. Students will learn to express feelings, impressions, possibilities, desires, etc. Communication covers: giving permission, opinions, evaluations; expressing doubts, possibilities, worries, agreements/disagreements, preferences; asking opinions, etc.

Spanish Language 401 (3) (4) (8) (7) (11) | Nivel Superior/Superior

Bilingual students usually place in this level. Content focuses on refining and further developing communicative as well as grammatical skills. Content includes: alternate of indicative and subjunctive, general and specific uses of “ser” and “estar”, future and conditional, imperative, etc.

Session 1

Beginner Level Course (3rd Hour)

| Build Your Vocabulary

Beginner level students take this course in addition to Spanish Grammar. It provides students with basic vocabulary they may need in order to solve basic daily-life tasks and problems using the Spanish language. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes above.


In addition to the Spanish Grammar course Intermediate or above level students choose one course from those listed. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes above. Students should indicate their chosen option on their application form. All classes are taught in Spanish. Please note that courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University of Salamanca.

Intermediate and Above Level Electives (3rd Hour)

| Conversation and Composition

Students work on their writing and speaking skills through the analysis and production of different written and oral texts.

| Spanish History

This course introduces and analyzes the different periods, facts and relevant figures that, from Pre-history to current days, have been building the multicultural History of Spain. Practical approach through images, texts and documents.

| Role of Women in Spanish History

This course is intended to shed some light on the role of women throughout Spanish history. An outline of their role in different historic periods will be discussed, from the Middle Ages till the present day.


Session 1 Optional Courses

For a supplemental fee students can take an additional 1 ($170) or 2 courses ($320) for 1 or 2 credits for their 4th and 5th hours of class per day.

Session 2

Beginner Level Course (3rd Hour)

| Build Your Vocabulary

Beginner level students take this course in addition to the Spanish Grammar course. It provides students with basic vocabulary they may need in order to solve basic daily-life tasks and problems using the Spanish language. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes.


In addition to the Spanish Grammar course Intermediate or above level students choose one elective course from those listed. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes. Students should indicate their chosen option on their application form. Courses may change at the discretion of the University of Salamanca. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Intermediate and Above Level Electives (3rd Hour)

| Spanish Culture

The objective of this course is to help the student understand the different aspects of Spanish culture. The program includes not only information about geographic, political, historic aspects, but also the customs, behavior, and values which form a part of the Spanish character.

| Spanish for Business

This course is designed for students who wish to focus on Spanish in the business world. Special emphasis on specific vocabulary regarding this area and on the main language skills within this domain.

| Analysis of Literary Texts

In this course, students have to study in detail and analyze a selection of texts from different genres, written by Spanish and Latin American authors. They will also work on other texts written with stylistic intentions.

| Translation from English into Spanish

This course stimulates students to reflect on the main structures and mechanisms of their own language and on those of Spanish. They translate a varied range of real texts, including many different styles and registers.

| Contemporary Spanish History

In this course, students analyze the most relevant events and figures from the 20th century and understand their repercussions on modern Spain.

| Conversation and Composition

In this course, students work on their writing and speaking skills through the analysis and production of different written and oral texts.


Session 2 Optional Courses

For a supplemental fee students can take an additional 1 ($230) or 2 courses ($425) for 1 or 2 credits.

Session 3

Beginner Level Course (3rd and 4th Hour)

| Build Your Vocabulary

Beginner level students take this course in addition to Spanish Grammar. It provides students with basic vocabulary they may need in order to solve basic daily-life tasks and problems using the Spanish language. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes.

| Communication Activities

This course is only offered at an elementary level (A1 and A2). Students are provided with practical activities as if they were in daily-life contexts. Thanks to these activities, they can actively develop the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Intermediate and Above Level Electives (3rd and 4th Hour)

In addition to the Spanish Grammar course Intermediate or above level students choose two courses from those listed. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes. Students should indicate their chosen option on their application form. All courses are taught in Spanish.

3rd Hour Options:

Spanish Culture
Spanish for Business
Analysis of Literary Texts
Translation from English into Spanish
Contemporary Spanish History
Conversation and Composition

See descriptions under Session 2 electives

4h Hour Options:

| Oral Skills Practice (4th Hour)

During this course, students will develop their listening and speaking skills through guided activities which reproduce a variety of real communicative contexts.

| Contemporary Spanish Literature

The course offers an outline of the Spanish and Latin American literature written in the 20th century. Following a chronological order, it focuses on the main literary trends and on the development of literary genres by the most important authors of this period.

| Spanish Art

With this course, students learn the main periods and trends of the Spanish art through History. During the course, students analyze the most important art works (paintings, sculptures and architecture) of the Spanish Heritage.

| Economy and Society in Present-Day Spain

This course aims to introduce basic concepts to students which may allow them to better understand, assimilate and discuss current social and economic issues.

Optional Courses:

For a supplemental fee students can take an additional course ($195) for their 5th hour of class.

Session 1+2 Combined

For a fee supplement students can take a further 1 or 2 hours of class per day for additional 2 or 4 credits. Students at the Intermediate and above level see Session 1 and Session 2 for details of class hours and available courses Beginner level students continue to focus on improving their grammar and communicative abilities taking classes in Communicative Activities and Language Lab.

Session 1+3 Combined

For a fee supplement students can take a further 1 or 2 hours of class per day for additional 3 or 6 credits. Students at the Intermediate and above level see Session 1 and Session 3 for details of class hours and available courses. Beginner level students continue to focus on improving their grammar and communicative abilities taking classes in Communicative Activities and Language Lab.