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  • Locations: Salamanca, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Year
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  • Program Sponsor: IES 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 01-APR-2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 3000 level, 4000 level, native Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Homestay, University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enrollment at foreign institution, Internship, Island Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: Program Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Liz Wellbeloved Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Anthropology, Art, Art - Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, Education, Foreign Affairs, Geography, History, Internship, Law, Linguistics, Other Languages & Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish
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Salamanca - Language & Area Studies

Program Overview

Add the atmosphere of a university town and the hospitality and charm of a small city and you have Salamanca. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, Salamanca is the most important university city in Spain and is known for its contributions to Spanish language education.

The program is closely linked to the academic and social life of the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), the oldest university in Spain and one of the most prestigious in Europe. Learn alongside your Spanish peers by enrolling in at least one class at USAL or the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA). Regardless of your major, you may combine your interests in linguistic and cultural proficiency with your academic pursuits.

Why Salamanca?

Stroll through Salamanca's Old City (a UNESCO World Heritage Site!), and you'll get lost in the beauty of the aged architecture, like the Baroque styling of the Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city. Many people flock to this university town because Salamancans' Spanish is one of the easiest to understand, making it easy for you to communicate and experience a full immersion into the Spanish culture.

Student Life

We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website.

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Scholarships & aid

IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $6 million in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application. 

Aid Application Deadlines:
Summer – April 1
Fall/Academic Year – May 1
Spring/Calendar Year – November 1

The IES Abroad difference

We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true…. But what really sets us apart is our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.

  • 135+ Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
  • 33 Global Locations
  • Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
  • Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
  • $6+ Million in Aid and Scholarships
  • Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
  • 70 Years of Experience

About IES Abroad

Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception.

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IES Salamanca Program

Founded in 1991, the IES Salamanca program quickly developed a strong academic reputation based on its challenging curriculum and solid ties to the Universidad de Salamanca.

IES courses in Art History, Economics, History, Spanish Language and Literature, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology focus on Spanish language and Iberian culture, comparative studies of the Mediterranean basin, and comparative studies of Spain and Latin America. In addition, IES Salamanca arranges extracurricular opportunities to help you learn more about the Spanish people and culture.

Improving students' written and oral proficiency in Castilian Spanish is a major focus of the program; both the language and area studies courses are designed to build on the language skills that students already possess. Language courses are required and are offered at intermediate and advanced levels. All courses are taught in Spanish by faculty at the Universidad de Salamanca.

The IES Salamanca program is very closely linked to the life of the university. IES classes are held on campus, and the faculty who teach for IES hold regular university appointments, as does one of the IES Co-Directors. The University's Cursos Internacionales, or International Student Office, provides special services for IES students.

Students must enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester and may enroll in a maximum of 19 credit hours, including IES and university courses.

City of Salamanca

Situated on the northwestern corner of the beautiful Castilian plain not far from the border of Portugal, Salamanca proudly identifies itself as the home of one of Europe's premiere universities. The Universidad de Salamanca, nicknamed the "Oxford of the Spanish World," opened in 1218. Since then Salamanca has welcomed students from Spain and all parts of the world; it enrolls a resident student population of 32,000 and an additional 6,000 international students.

The combination of a large, famous university in a small, hospitable city makes Salamanca the ideal place to live and study Spanish language and culture. The IES Center is located in the center of the city, just steps from the Plaza Mayor and a five-minute walk from the "historic" campus of the Universidad de Salamanca. IES arranges tours of historical sites, attendance at theater, opera, and cinema, and informal dinner parties to enrich your academic experience of this charming city.