Spain Salamanca University Statue 131185496

We invite you to study abroad with API in Spain at the prestigious Universidad de Salamanca. This program offers Spanish language and culture courses at all levels, so you can advance your language skills and cultural knowledge while studying at the oldest university in Spain, where Spanish grammar was first published!

Earn valuable academic credit, enhance your Spanish language skills, experience life in this charming "Golden City" known for its vibrant student social scene and stunning scenery, and explore all that Spain has to offer!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Excursions

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with host families and dorms)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

Reflection Sessions

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to high school graduates
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • Official transcript, most recent grade report, or high school diploma
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry Requirements: Valid passport with student visa (for programs over 90 days)
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Winter Jan 5, 2023 - Mar 18, 2023 $12,500 Nov 7, 2022 No Extension Dec 7, 2022
Winter Extended Jan 5, 2023 - Apr 27, 2023 $15,500 Nov 7, 2022 No Extension Dec 7, 2022
Winter and Spring Jan 5, 2023 - Jun 17, 2023 $22,900 Nov 7, 2022 No Extension Dec 7, 2022
Spring Apr 1, 2023 - Jun 17, 2023 $12,500 Mar 1, 2023 No Extension Mar 31, 2023
Fall Early Start Aug, 2023 - Dec, 2023 $14,900 May 15, 2023 No Extension Jun 15, 2023
Academic Year Early Start Aug, 2023 - May, 2024 $28,900 May 15, 2023 No Extension Jun 15, 2023
Academic Year Sep, 2023 - May, 2024 $26,500 May 15, 2023 No Extension Jun 15, 2023
Fall Quarter Sep, 2023 - Dec, 2023 $12,500 Jun 25, 2023 No Extension Jul 25, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Salamanca programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

  • Lisbon

    We will visit Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, and the best showcase of Portuguese culture. Together, the group will discover the city visiting the most iconic places and neighborhoods, enjoy breath-taking views from the beautiful viewpoints and visit the 15th-century monastery, standing witness of the glorious past of this country.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

  • Lisbon

    We will visit Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, and the best showcase of Portuguese culture. Together, the group will discover the city visiting the most iconic places and neighborhoods, enjoy breath-taking views from the beautiful viewpoints and visit the 15th-century monastery, standing witness of the glorious past of this country.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

  • Lisbon

    We will visit Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, and the best showcase of Portuguese culture. Together, the group will discover the city visiting the most iconic places and neighborhoods, enjoy breath-taking views from the beautiful viewpoints and visit the 15th-century monastery, standing witness of the glorious past of this country.

  • Guadalupe & Trujillo

    This excursion will begin with a beautiful hike called “ruta de Isabel la Católica”, following the steps of one of Spain’s most iconic monarchs. Upon arriving in the charming town of Guadalupe, the group will enjoy the town and, of course, the local cuisine! The second day of the trip will include a to visit Trujillo, cradle of many 16th century explorers.

  • La Alberca & Salamanca Mountains

    Students will discover the mountains around Salamanca. This trip starts with a beautiful hike near la Alberca, to connect with mother nature and connect with each other. The excursion will also include a guided tour around La Alberca, one of Spain's most beautiful villages, to learn about their cultural traditions.

  • Guadalupe & Trujillo

    This excursion will begin with a beautiful hike called “ruta de Isabel la Católica”, following the steps of one of Spain’s most iconic monarchs. Upon arriving in the charming town of Guadalupe, the group will enjoy the town and, of course, the local cuisine! The second day of the trip will include a to visit Trujillo, cradle of many 16th century explorers.

  • La Alberca & Salamanca Mountains

    Students will discover the mountains around Salamanca. This trip starts with a beautiful hike near la Alberca, to connect with mother nature and connect with each other. The excursion will also include a guided tour around La Alberca, one of Spain's most beautiful villages, to learn about their cultural traditions.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • The Way of St. James

    The way of St James (Camino de Santiago) has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages in history. The group will – metaphorically – write their names in the history of the Way, walking one of the stages while we learn about the Way, its history, and its legends!

    The group will also visit León, one of the biggest cities near Salamanca, and its amazing Gothic cathedral, Astorga, a beautiful town in the Way of Santiago, where the group will visit a palace built by Gaudi. The trip will conclude in Ponferrada, the last major town in the French route before arriving in Santiago.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

  • Segovia

    Can 2000 years of history be covered in just one day? The answer is yes - in the charming historic town of Segovia. The tour begins in a Roman monument, and students will walk through more than 2,000 years of history visiting the last gothic cathedral built in Spain (known as the Lady of Cathedrals) and a beautiful castle (that is said to have inspired the Disney Snow White Castle).

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • The Way of St. James

    The way of St James (Camino de Santiago) has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages in history. The group will – metaphorically – write their names in the history of the Way, walking one of the stages while we learn about the Way, its history, and its legends!

    The group will also visit León, one of the biggest cities near Salamanca, and its amazing Gothic cathedral, Astorga, a beautiful town in the Way of Santiago, where the group will visit a palace built by Gaudi. The trip will conclude in Ponferrada, the last major town in the French route before arriving in Santiago.

  • Lisbon

    We will visit Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, and the best showcase of Portuguese culture. Together, the group will discover the city visiting the most iconic places and neighborhoods, enjoy breath-taking views from the beautiful viewpoints and visit the 15th-century monastery, standing witness of the glorious past of this country.

  • Segovia

    Can 2000 years of history be covered in just one day? The answer is yes - in the charming historic town of Segovia. The tour begins in a Roman monument, and students will walk through more than 2,000 years of history visiting the last gothic cathedral built in Spain (known as the Lady of Cathedrals) and a beautiful castle (that is said to have inspired the Disney Snow White Castle).

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

  • Guadalupe & Trujillo

    This excursion will begin with a beautiful hike called “ruta de Isabel la Católica”, following the steps of one of Spain’s most iconic monarchs. Upon arriving in the charming town of Guadalupe, the group will enjoy the town and, of course, the local cuisine! The second day of the trip will include a to visit Trujillo, cradle of many 16th century explorers.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • The Way of St. James

    The way of St James (Camino de Santiago) has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages in history. The group will – metaphorically – write their names in the history of the Way, walking one of the stages while we learn about the Way, its history, and its legends!

    The group will also visit León, one of the biggest cities near Salamanca, and its amazing Gothic cathedral, Astorga, a beautiful town in the Way of Santiago, where the group will visit a palace built by Gaudi. The trip will conclude in Ponferrada, the last major town in the French route before arriving in Santiago.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

  • Segovia

    Can 2000 years of history be covered in just one day? The answer is yes - in the charming historic town of Segovia. The tour begins in a Roman monument, and students will walk through more than 2,000 years of history visiting the last gothic cathedral built in Spain (known as the Lady of Cathedrals) and a beautiful castle (that is said to have inspired the Disney Snow White Castle).

  • Guadalupe & Trujillo

    This excursion will begin with a beautiful hike called “ruta de Isabel la Católica”, following the steps of one of Spain’s most iconic monarchs. Upon arriving in the charming town of Guadalupe, the group will enjoy the town and, of course, the local cuisine! The second day of the trip will include a to visit Trujillo, cradle of many 16th century explorers.

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • The Way of St. James

    The way of St James (Camino de Santiago) has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages in history. The group will – metaphorically – write their names in the history of the Way, walking one of the stages while we learn about the Way, its history, and its legends!

    The group will also visit León, one of the biggest cities near Salamanca, and its amazing Gothic cathedral, Astorga, a beautiful town in the Way of Santiago, where the group will visit a palace built by Gaudi. The trip will conclude in Ponferrada, the last major town in the French route before arriving in Santiago.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

  • Segovia

    Can 2000 years of history be covered in just one day? The answer is yes - in the charming historic town of Segovia. The tour begins in a Roman monument, and students will walk through more than 2,000 years of history visiting the last gothic cathedral built in Spain (known as the Lady of Cathedrals) and a beautiful castle (that is said to have inspired the Disney Snow White Castle).

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-13 credits per semester (up to 20 credits per quarter)

This program is ideal for students who would like to improve their communication and grammar skills, while also taking culture courses in addition to their language studies. Beginning level students focus on developing their oral and written proficiency and all courses related to language study. Intermediate, advanced and superior level students complete 2-3 cultural electives in addition to their grammar course. A student’s language level is determined by a placement exam administered by the Universidad de Salamanca.

CREDIT BREAKDOWN

  • Quarter
    • 200 contact hours per quarter
    • 20 quarter credits • 12-13 semester credits
  • Academic Year
    • Students will complete the quarter Language and Culture program in the fall, followed by a semester in the International Studies and Business Program
    • 380 contact hours per quarter
    • 38 quarter credits • 25 semester credits

ADDITIONAL CREDIT OPTIONS

Students can earn additional credits if they choose to combine two or more terms, or if they add an intensive month of language, conversation and cultural studies (consisting of 80 contact hours) at the beginning or end of their program.

ACADEMIC YEAR OPTIONS

The Academic Year program includes the fall quarter of the Spanish Language and Culture Program and the spring semester of the International Studies and Business Program. Students who want to complete only Language and Culture courses should choose the Fall & Winter Combined program.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from the Universidad de Salamanca upon completion of their program.

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    Stephanni Greenan

    Stephanni Greenan will be your Program Coordinator and will help you prepare to go abroad!

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    Inma Borrego

    Inma will be one of your Resident Directors in Salamanca and will be a resource for you on-site.

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    Miguel Blanco

    Miguel will be one of your Resident Directors in Salamanca and a resource for you while you are in Spain.

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COURSE OFFERINGS

Beginning level students are required to take Spanish Grammar and Spanish Vocabulary, and may then choose to take one or two elective courses.

Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students are required to take Spanish Grammar, and may then choose to take 2-3 elective courses.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. semester credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Courses at Universidad de Salamanca (Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at Universidad de Salamanca (Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

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Courses at Universidad de Salamanca (Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

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Courses at Universidad de Salamanca (Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

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Courses at Universidad de Salamanca (Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

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Courses at Universidad de Salamanca (Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at Universidad de Salamanca (Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at Universidad de Salamanca (Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Highlights
  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Learn from highly experienced professors with tremendous experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language
  • Enroll with students from across the world!
  • Volunteer teaching opportunities available (no credit)

API students in Salamanca can choose from two different housing options – students may choose to live with a host family or a residencia. Internet access is included in both options. Participants who will be under age 18 for any portion of their session abroad are required to live in supervised housing with a host family and must adhere to a curfew set by API while still a minor.

Students who choose to live with families generally share a double room with a fellow API student and are provided with three meals per day and laundry service. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

Students in Salamanca may also choose to live in a residencia. Residencias are usually small, family-run student residences that house international students and occasionally Spanish students. Traditionally 1-2 students share a bedroom, and a bathroom is shared by multiple students. All students have access to living, TV, and common areas. Residencias are generally co-ed and accommodate 2-30 students. Students are provided with three meals per day. Meals are not provided during school breaks and holidays.

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