Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Homestay (Standard housing option)

  • Includes 3 meals per day
  • Weekly laundry service
  • Supplement for single room: $600 Fall/$800 Spring

Apartment (Supplement $600 Fall/$800 Spring)

  • Double room
  • Shared kitchen facilities
  • Shared bathroom and living space
  • Includes a meal allowance worth $800 which you can choose to opt out of
  • Supplement for single room: $1,200 Fall/$1,600 Spring

Early Start housing supplements

Standard housing option is shared homestay

  • Single room in a homestay available for supplement of $1,860
  • Apartment in a double room: $1,800; single room $1,960

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Salamanca

Housing Options and Meals

The program fee includes housing in a Spanish homestay. For a supplement students can choose to live in an apartment.


Living with one of our long-standing and reliable homestays is the best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Spain. The homestay experience is usually our students’ most rewarding part of their stay abroad. Homestays are located within 15-20 minutes walking distance of the University. Each family is unique; you may live with a retired couple whose children have left home, a divorced or widowed woman with children still living at home, a married couple with children or a family with some older children still living at home. Typically students share a room with another AIFS student. You will receive a weekly laundry service. You can choose to live in a single room for an extra fee, subject to availability.

Meals The homestay option includes three meals per day with your host.


Students choosing this option will share an apartment with other AIFS students and/or international non-AIFS students. Apartments are co-ed. Students will share a bedroom with another student of the same gender. Apartments are typically a 20-30-minute walk from the University of Salamanca. Typically 4-6 people share an apartment; bedrooms are shared or you can pay extra for a single room. The kitchen, bathroom and living room are shared. All apartments have free Wi-Fi Internet access, a television and washing machine. The apartments are cleaned on a weekly basis and maintenance issues are dealt with via the 24/7 AIFS duty phone.

Meals Apartment students receive a meal allowance worth $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. Students find this a great help to them when managing their living costs in Salamanca. Students can choose to opt-out of the meal allowance and the $800 is deducted from the program fee.

Cultural Activities

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of activities and social events is included in your program fee. Typical activities include:

  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Guided tour of Salamanca with entrance to the Cathedrals
  • Tapas bar tour
  • Picnic and paddle boating on the Tormes River
  • Intercambios with Spanish students
  • Spanish cooking classes

You will also have access to the University’s own program of events and activities including films, flamenco lessons, horseback riding and hiking (for a small fee) and will have free use of the University sports facilities.

Volunteering Opportunities

Give back to the community and add a new perspective to your study abroad experience by joining our Salamanca volunteer program and helping school children to improve their English by giving English language workshops. At the end of the semester participating students will receive a certificate.

AIFS in Salamanca Resident Director, Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Gaye Michaels

Phone: 34 (923) 26 98 91

¡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.

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.