Linguistics, Literature, Translation & Other Courses with Locals

Universidad de Salamanca
Salamanca, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Linguistics, Literature, Translation & Other Courses with Locals

  • Location


  • Host University

    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).

  • Term

    Fall 3 2020

  • Program Dates

    Late Aug, 2020 - Mid Dec, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Jun 01, 2020

  • Credit

    180 - 300 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Program Description

This program offers you an entirely immersive study abroad experience at one of Spain's oldest and most prestigious universities. It is open to students with a superior-level knowledge of Spanish (you must have completed 6+ semesters of college-level Spanish or tested out of the equivalent). You will take a required Intensive Spanish Language course with international students at the beginning of the program before enrolling in courses directly at the University of Salamanca with local Spanish students.

The Universidad de Salamanca is renowned for its language and translation studies, and is on the American Translators Association's list of approved translation schools. Courses are offered in a wide variety of academic disciplines including linguistics, literature, translation, economics, environmental studies, education, and agriculture. Courses with locals are instructed in Spanish and taught by host university faculty.

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.

Service-Learning in Salamanca
In addition to your academic courses, Study + Service-Learning programs allow you to serve alongside a local organization and engage in reflective assignments. Service-learning will develop your intercultural competency skills and increase your understanding of social issues in your host community. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website rel="noopener noreferrer" to see placement opportunities in Salamanca and for more information about how to receive academic credit.


Visa Information

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.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

Students must have a superior-level knowledge of Spanish. Most universities equate this to six semesters (8-9 quarters) of college-level Spanish.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Spanish Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Scholarship Opportunities



Contact Hours

180 - 300

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 20

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 30

Academic Information

  • Language Requirement
    You must have a superior-level knowledge of Spanish. Most universities equate this to six semesters (8-9 quarters) of college-level Spanish.
  • Course Selection

The courses listed below are only a sampling of what the Universidad de Salamanca offers. Highlighted courses include the areas of linguistics, literature, translation, and other popular areas of study. Please see the course catalog, linked below, for additional course options.
- Please contact ISA for eligibility requirements and information on courses in the following departments: anthropology, art history, biological sciences, business, economics, environmental science, geography, geology, history, international relations, law, mathematics, pharmacy, philosophy, physical science, physics, psychology, religion, or sociology.
- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
- Eligibility for courses may be subject to specific prerequisites set by the university. Course prerequisites are listed in each course description, when applicable.

  • Course Credit
    - Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institutions.
    - The contact hours for each course with locals will not be reflected on the transcript but are listed in order to help determine transfer credit. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding transfer credit for this program.
  • Required Intensive Spanish Course
    - You must complete an intensive Spanish course before the regular semester begins.
  • Fall semester students complete a 1 week intensive course (20 -25 contact hours). Spring semester students complete a 3 week intensive course (60-75 contact hours).
  • Transcript Information
    The transcript from the Universidad de Salamanca will reflect the ECTS credit values indicated below, except for the required Intensive Spanish Language course which will be reflected in contact hours.
    - The contact hours for each course with locals will not be reflected on the transcript but are listed in order to help determine transfer credit. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding transfer credit for this program.


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Universidad de Salamanca
International Students
Spanish Language and Culture
✓ Course Required
40 - 50 Contact Hours
Primarily Local Students
Additional Courses in Spanish With Locals
Cultural Studies [Courses with Locals]
6 ECTS Credits
52 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
55 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
52 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
24 Contact Hours
Linguistics [Courses with Locals]
6 ECTS Credits
60 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
30 Contact Hours
4.5 ECTS Credits
40 Contact Hours
4.5 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
Literature [Courses with Locals]
6 ECTS Credits
60 Contact Hours
4.5 ECTS Credits
40 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
60 Contact Hours
4.5 ECTS Credits
35 Contact Hours
4.5 ECTS Credits
42 Contact Hours
Translation & Interpretation [Courses with Locals]
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Jenna Tantillo

Program Manager, Spain


Carmen Abanades Cruz

Resident Director, Spain

Juan Eguiluz Pacheco

ISA Academic Director, Spain

Funding Your ISA 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. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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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.

Student Residence

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.

Independent Housing

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.




Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture during the Bridging Cultures Program on-site 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

Lisbon, Portugal

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.


Seville is a lively yet laid-back city known for its sunny skies, bullfighting, and as at the birthplace of flamenco. You will visit the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Bell Tower, and the magnificent Royal Alcázar, whose halls and gardens you might recognize from various Game of Thrones episodes. You will visit some of Andalusia’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods where you will see a blend of architectural styles reflective of Seville’s multicultural past and the world’s largest gothic church.