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Universidad de Salamanca
The Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), founded in 1218, is the oldest university in Spain. It is world-renowned for its specialization in the teaching of the Spanish language, making it ideal for study abroad students. The university buildings are spread amidst the golden sandstone cathedrals and cobblestone streets of Salamanca--a quaint, walkable, college town. Some of the greatest names in Spanish literature and humanism appear on USAL's list of past students and professors, including Miguel de Cervantes, Antonio de Nebrija, and Miguel de Unamuno.
USAL’s Cursos Internacionales department, established in 1929, has a large offering of Spanish language and culture courses for foreign students. ISA students in Salamanca can take courses in English and Spanish with other international students through Cursos Internacionales or with local students in regular degree programs at the university. USAL is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).
Academic Year 2 2023
Sep 21, 2023 - May 17, 2024
Jun 01, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Jun 15, 2023
180 - 225 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
This program is open to students at all language levels and offers courses instructed in Spanish and English by faculty from the Universidad de Salamanca. There are two "tracks" for this program:
Track A: Business & Spanish Language
Track A offers a range of business courses instructed in English as well as Spanish language courses. You are required to take two courses from the Business & Spanish Language Core Business Curriculum (meaning you must enroll in at least one course in English). The other two or three courses you select may also come from the Core Business Curriculum and/or the Cultural Studies course selections (Track B).
Track B: Cultural Studies & Spanish Language
Track B offers courses in Spanish and English in a variety of cultural topics as well as Spanish language courses. All Spanish courses, aside from Spanish language, are taught at the advanced level but are open to students at the intermediate level and above. Students who plan to take courses in Spanish only should select this track, as there are no required courses taught in English.
A Spanish student visa is required for U.S. students participating in academic programs in Spain lasting 91 days or more. For non-U.S. citizens, you should contact your consulate to verify specific entry requirements. Please click on the "Spanish Visa Support" icon on the "What's Included" tab of this page to learn more about visa requirements and and the optional Spain Visa Service.
Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex
We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Spanish Visa Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Orientation
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
180 - 225
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 15
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 22
Course Selection - Track A (Business & Spanish Language)
- You will enroll in four or five courses per semester. In Track A you are required to take two courses from the Core Business Curriculum (meaning, you must enroll in at least one course in English).
- You then have the option of taking your remaining two or three courses from Spanish Language, Conversation & Composition, the Core Business Curriculum, and/or from the Cultural Studies course selections (Track B).
Course Selection - Track B (Cultural Studies & Spanish)
- You will enroll in four or five courses per semester. You can select from the Cultural Studies course offerings, which include courses in Spanish in the areas of language, culture, literature and history.
- All courses in Spanish are taught at the advanced language level, but are open to students at the intermediate level and above.
Please note that Track B students may select the following three courses from Track A's Core Business Curriculum:
1. Economics/Political Science: Current Spain
2. Economics/Political Science: European Union
3. International Marketing
Language Requirement Policy
- If you have not completed one semester/quarter of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, you MUST choose Spanish Language as one of your courses.
Language Placement Exam
- Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidad de Salamanca. Your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university.
- If you are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning, we strongly suggest that you prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
Course Credit & Transcript Information
- Transfer credit is ultimately determined by the student's home university.
- The transcript from the Universidad de Salamanca will reflect Contact Hours. Please be in touch with your home university to request approval of transfer credit for this program.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.
Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.
Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.
Carmen Abanades Cruz
Resident Director, Spain
Beatriz de Miguel Martin
Student Services & Service-Learning Coordinator, Spain
Juan Eguiluz Pacheco
ISA Academic Director, Spain
Roberto de la Calzada Cuesta
Assistant Academic Director & Student Services, Spain
Rodrigo de Francisco Benito
Assistant Resident Director & Housing Coordinator , Spain
Accessibility & Accommodations
With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.
Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.
Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.
ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email email@example.com for more information.
All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!
If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.
Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will have a short commute to class. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations. However, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
Homestays are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays provide three meals a day (except on ISA excursion days) and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.
The student residence (residencia in Spanish) is similar to a small dorm and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The residencia houses Spanish and international students, giving you the opportunity to meet Spaniards and practice your language skills. Three meals per day are included, as well as laundry service once per week. Students will share a room with another ISA student but have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room. A $500 housing deposit is required from students choosing this option as well as an extra surcharge. ISA may retain some, or all, of the housing deposit in the case of damage to property.
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture during the Bridging Cultures Orientation. You'll visit the famous Prado museum and have a guided tour through Madrid's city center to expand your knowledge of Spanish history, culture and politics.
Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.
Segovia is best known for its well-preserved 2nd century Roman aqueduct and the emblematic Moorish-style fortress (Alcázar) where the coronation of Queen Isabella I was held. You will visit these monuments and others on a guided walking tour. On the tour, you will also have the chance to take in breathtaking views of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range
During this weekend excursion exploring Portugal's capital, you will climb to the top of the medieval Castelo de São Jorge where you will find splendid views of this coastal city. You will also visit the 16th-century Tower of Belém that protects the ornate Jerónimos Monastery and overlooks the harbor from which the great Portuguese explorers set sail.
Cultural activities in Salamanca
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Salamanca. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Salamanca special.
These activities vary each term, but previous offerings have included a tour around the Cathedrals, a cooking class, and a tour of the Historical Building of the University of Salamanca (The oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe).
Morocco * Optional
This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.
Handling Catcalls and Street Harassment Abroad