Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

Study Abroad in Salamanca: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art history, biology, business, business Spanish, economics, film, finance, health science, history, linguistics, literature, marketing, medical Spanish, political science, sociology and Spanish Language

All students taking Spanish take a placement exam at the University to determine their level. Most elective courses meet for 45 contact hours a semester and carry a recommended 3 credits.

An optional Early Start program of 2 weeks of Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation is available for each program.

Program Options

This program is designed for students with an Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level of Spanish who wish to take electives in subjects including Spanish, art history, history, literature, sociology and economics. The majority of courses are taught in Spanish apart from a small number which are taught in English. Early start students with an Advanced/Superior language level can choose to take 1 or 2 courses from the Integrated Studies Program. Permission to enroll in these classes can only be granted once on campus after an interview. Students can choose up to 5 courses.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester Up to 15 2.5 GPA; one year of college level Spanish

All courses are taught in English except one and Spanish is not required. This program is intended for students who wish to focus their studies on business, economics, marketing, finance and international relations. Students with an Intermediate and above level of Spanish can choose to take additional courses in Spanish from the Spanish and International Studies Program. Early start students with an Advanced/Superior language level can choose to take 1 or 2 courses from the Integrated Studies Program. Permission to enroll in these classes can only be granted once on campus after an interview. Students can choose up to 5 courses.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester Up to 15 2.5 GPA; Spanish language not required

All courses are taught in English and one course (Health Communication) is taught in both English and Spanish. Spanish is therefore not a requirement. This program is intended for students of health sciences: medicine, nursing, health management, pharmacology, or biology. Students can choose up to 5 courses; a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 must be from the Health and Medical Program. Early start students with an Advanced/Superior language level can choose to take 1 or 2 courses from the Integrated Studies Program. Permission to enroll in these classes can only be granted once on campus after an interview. Students with an Intermediate and above level of Spanish can choose to take additional courses in Spanish from the Spanish and International Studies and Integrated Studies Program.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall Semester 15 2.5 GPA; Spanish language not required

Students with an excellent command of Spanish have the opportunity to study in classes alongside Spaniards. Available to students with Superior level Spanish who also select the Early Start Option this program offers a complete immersion study abroad experience. Spanish 416 - Skills for Teaching and Learning Spanish as a Second Language is a required course. Choose up to 4 electives. Students can choose from over 900 different classes in fields including art, economics, history and politics, linguistics, Spanish literature, psychology and sociology. You can only be approved to take these classes once on campus and are therefore advised to choose an alternative program until approval is granted.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 15 2.5 GPA; superior level Spanish

This program is designed for students wishing to improve their Spanish language and broaden their knowledge and understanding of Spanish culture. Students of all levels take a required Spanish grammar course which meets for 90 hours and is recommended for 6 credits. Courses for Beginner level students focus on developing their written and oral skills. Beginner level students can choose up to 3 electives taught in English or additional courses which focus on improving their language. Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students can choose up to 3 electives taught in Spanish.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall Semester 15 2.5 GPA; open to all levels of Spanish

Give your Spanish skills a head-start and earn an extra 3 credits by choosing the Early Start option. Students taking this option will arrive in Salamanca before the semester begins and take two weeks of intensive Spanish language class focusing on grammar and conversation. All levels of Spanish are available from Elementary through Superior. The course gives you the opportunity to make a gradual adjustment to academic life and living in Spain and prepares you for the semester placement exam. Early Start students can also participate in an optional 4-day excursion to Seville, Córdoba and Granada. Standard housing is in an apartment, and students wishing to stay in a homestay during the Early Start Program must pay a supplement of $1,660 for a double room or $1,760 for a single room. It is not possible to switch housing options after the Early Start Program.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Early Start fall or spring semester 3 2.5 GPA

The University of Salamanca

The University of Salamanca was founded in 1218 making it one of the oldest public universities in Europe. It is recognized as the best university in Spain for the teaching of Spanish as a second language reflecting the region’s reputation as the source of the purest form of Castilian Spanish. The University and its 30,000 plus student population is planning many festivities in the lead up to its 800 year anniversary which will celebrate an institution which prides itself on its academic legacy and international identity.