Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

Study Abroad in Salamanca: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art history, biology, business Spanish, economics, film, finance, health science, history, internship, 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 Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation is available with 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. Students can choose up to 5 courses. Spring semester, early start students with an Advanced/Superior language level can choose to take 1 or 2 semester courses from the Integrated Studies Program. Permission to enroll in these classes can only be granted once on campus after an interview.

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 courses in Spanish from the Spanish and International Studies Program. Students can choose up to 5 courses. Spring semester, early start students with an Advanced/Superior language level can choose to take 1 or 2 semester courses from the Integrated Studies Program. Permission to enroll in these classes can only be granted once on campus after an interview.

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

All courses are taught in English except for one course (Health Communication) which is available in English or 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. Spring semester, early start students with an Advanced/Superior language level can choose to take 1 or 2 semester 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 courses in Spanish from the Spanish and International Studies Program.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall Semester Up to 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 this program offers a complete immersion study abroad experience. Choose up to 5 electives combining integrated courses with courses from the Spanish and International Studies Program, subject to course scheduling. 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
Spring Semester with early start only 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 100 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 (subject to course scheduling) 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

In a competitive and global employment market, practical experience in a real-life workplace is an invaluable addition to classroom-based learning. Students with an interest in a teaching career will have the opportunity to work in a local Spanish school assisting teachers and supporting students in English language classes. This program gives students the opportunity to gain vital insights into a specific career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and will develop both professional and personal skills.

Students will complete a 3-credit, 45-hour total internship in addition to 4 courses from their chosen academic program. Students must place into upper Intermediate level Spanish or above. The internship includes individual meetings with University of Salamanca staff in order to prepare you and support you through the internship. Upon completion of the internship, students will present an internship diary and give an oral presentation for a final grade. The internship will appear on your semester transcript.

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 an intensive Spanish language program 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.

The fee for the Early Start option includes housing in a double room in a homestay with 3 meals per day. Students choosing a different housing option will pay an additional housing supplement for the Early Start Program as follows: single room in a homestay $200, double room in an apartment $200, single room in an apartment $400.

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

The University of Salamanca

The University of Salamanca was founded in 1218 and celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2018, making it one of the oldest public universities in the world. Today the university is an important center for the study of humanities.