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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).
Fall 5 2023
Sep 21, 2023 - Dec 16, 2023
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
Pursue coursework in health communication, bioethics, and human biology while advancing your studies of the Spanish language in this fall semester program. All courses are instructed by Universidad de Salamanca faculty and are held with international students, the majority of whom are North American. Health and science courses are instructed primarily in English with some options in Spanish.
You may opt to take a combination of courses from the Health & Medical Sciences program and courses from the ISA Salamanca Business, Cultural Studies & Spanish program. Students who select this option must take at least two courses from the Health & Medical Sciences program.
A Spanish student visa is required for programs over 90 days and obtaining one may require out of state travel. Please contact your Site Specialist for more information pertaining to the process of acquiring a Spanish student visa.
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
- You may select 4 or 5 courses from the lists below in the areas of Health & Medical Sciences and Spanish Language and Culture. You may also opt to take courses from the "Business, Cultural Studies & Spanish" program. If you choose this option, you must take at least 2 courses from the Health & Medical Sciences curriculum.
Health Communication Course Note
- Please note that the Health Communication course is offered in both English and Spanish (advanced level). You may select either course option, but not both.
Language Placement Exam
- Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidad de Salamanca. Please note that 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 Spanish 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 your 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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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Support & Funding
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
Funding Your ISA Program
Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too. The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.
Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.View all Funding Options
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. 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.
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.
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
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.