Linguistics, Literature, Translation & Other Courses with Locals

Universidad de Salamanca
Salamanca, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    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 3SL 2023

  • Program Dates

    Aug 31, 2023 - Dec 16, 2023

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Jun 10, 2023

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Jun 15, 2023

  • Credit

    180 - 300 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad 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.


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 2.75.

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 Orientation

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
20 - 25 ECTS Credits
Primarily Local Students
Additional Courses in Spanish With Locals
Business [Courses with Locals]
6 ECTS Credits
60 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
70 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
60 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
Cultural Studies [Courses with Locals]
6 ECTS Credits
52 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
52 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
60 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
52 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
24 Contact Hours
Languages [Courses with Locals]
6 ECTS Credits
58 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
42 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
60 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
60 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
70 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
Translation & Interpretation [Courses with Locals]
6 ECTS Credits
60 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
39 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
60 Contact Hours
Course Disclaimer
  • 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.

U.S. Team

Marlee Nangle

Program Manager, Spain


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

Identity Resources

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 ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

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.

Identity Blog

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 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


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 as well as an extra surcharge. 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 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.

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.


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