University of Salamanca - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at University of Salamanca through our partner International Studies Abroad.

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The University of Salamanca, founded by Alfonso IX of Leon in 1218, is the oldest in Spain and one of the oldest in the world.

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It was at the forefront of the Spanish Renaissance, served as a bridge to Latin America, and later became a model for many universities in the New World. In 1492 Antonio de Nebrija published in Salamanca the first Grammar of the Castilian Language, which included an appendix to teach Spanish to inhabitants of new lands. Since then, the University has worked to extend Spanish all over the world. 


Some of the most renowned Spanish writers and intellectuals were educated in its halls. The University of Salamanca continues this tradition of excellence to this day with a highly distinguished faculty doing research in 53 departments.


The university's 30,000 Spanish students have the opportunity to receive degrees in 58 different areas of specialty. In addition, 7,000 foreign students from all over the world take language and culture classes through Cursos Internacionales, the University Department that organizes these long tradition programs for international students.


The University of Salamanca is recognized and accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning. 


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Salamanca, a small city of 165,000 inhabitants, is home of some of the most impressive architecture in Spain, and yet it remains a lively and dynamic community. The city is characterized by its unique yellow stone facades which fill the streets with color and light. The diverse architectural styles of its cloisters, churches, and Renaissance palaces blend together in the streets and plazas of the old town. The striking engravings which characterize the Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, the House of Shells, and the facade of the university, all reflect Salamanca’s historical importance, proving it worthy of its prestigious title given by UNESCO as a “Mankind Heritage Monument”.


Salamanca is the most important University City in Spain as well as an important city for the teaching of the Spanish language, that’s why Salamanca attracts thousands of international students.

Salamanca's economy is dominated by the university and tourism, but there are also other important sectors including agriculture and livestock, construction and manufacturing.

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Academic Highlights

University of Salamanca offers a semester/year abroad program and a trimester abroad program. 


Semester/Year Abroad

Program Overview

  • Minimum GPA: 2.50
  • Language of instruction: Spanish and English
  • Language requirements: High Intermediate and above
  • Place of instruction: University of Salamanca
  • Participants: International students
  • Upon arrival students take a placement exam to determine language proficiency


Subject Areas:

  • Hispanic Studies & Spanish for Careers
  • Language & Culture


Students choose 4 or 5 courses. Each course consists of 45 hours of lectures. Students with beginning level of Spanish only take language related courses. Students from intermediate and above levels may also take other courses on culture. Please view the course catalog to see a complete list of courses available.  

Trimester Abroad

Program Overview

  • Minimum GPA: 2.50
  • Language of instruction: Spanish
  • Language requirements: None. Open to all levels
  • Place of instruction: University of Salamanca
  • Participants: International students
  • Upon arrival students take a placement exam to determine language proficiency


Subject Areas:

  • Hispanic Studies & Spanish for Careers
  • Language & Culture


Students choose 4 or 5 courses. Each course consists of 45 hours of lectures. Students with beginning level of Spanish only take language related courses. Students from intermediate and above levels may also take other courses on culture. Please view the course catalog to see a complete list of courses available.  


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Students may choose from the following housing options: homestay, residence halls, or shared apartments. We always try to provide students with their first housing choice, but we cannot guarantee it. It is why we recommend students apply in advance so they have a better chance to obtain their preferred option.



Staying with a host family is a way to enrich student’s experience and to reinforce the knowledge gained during the program. We select our families carefully and have known them for years. All of them have extensive experience accommodating foreign students. Upon arrival students receive a key of the house so they may come and go as they please. Students will be able to receive telephone calls, but most likely will not be able to have guests over. Full board (three daily meals) and one laundry load per week is included.



This is an off-campus student’s residence. Spaniards and international students are residents of this option mostly in double rooms, depending on availability some singles may be offered as well. Kitchen and bathroom may be private or shared. There are also common areas. Usually, the residence offers laundry facilities and meals may or may not be included. 


Shared Apartment

These apartments are shared by international students. They have single and double bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils, washing machine, refrigerator, and shared bathrooms. Students must respect building community rules and maintain the apartment in decent conditions. The price of accommodation includes the cost of utilities (electricity, gas, water) within reasonable expending and, in most cases, a weekly cleaning of the communal areas. Meals are not included.



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University Services

University of Salamanca provides a range of services to study abroad students, including a university ID card, libraries, computer labs, sports facilities, cultural visits to different relevant sites in Salamanca and, at an extra fee, excursions to other cities in Spain.


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In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation. University of Salamanca gives an orientation to students after they take their placement test. It provides information about academics, regulations, cultural activities, the city, and other relevant aspects.


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Overseas Staff and Support

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Active Learning Abroad have forged a unique partnership to provide high quality study abroad opportunities in Spain. Active Learning Abroad (ALA) is GlobaLinks’ partner and overseas office for all students studying for a summer or semester at a university in Spain. The ALA offices and staff in Barcelona, Sevilla, Salamanca, and Madrid work closely with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad staff in the U.S. to provide all students with services and support throughout the experience. This ensures that each student is ensured an individualized experience both during the pre-departure stage and while in country. The ALA team in Spain delivers the Bridging Cultures Program onsite and Discovery Activities throughout the semester or summer and are also available 24/7 for emergency support.


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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe. To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad program, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources. Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.


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Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

There are a variety of ways to get involved while you're abroad. Our in-country staff can connect you with resources and opportunities at the Universidad de Salamanca and in the city. Language exchange opportunities are available and are highly recommended in order to practice the language with native speakers while you are abroad.


Community Involvement

We encourage our students to experience the local customs and immerse in the local culture by participating in our organized cultural and social activities. We will have a guided tour of the city visiting the most important monuments and sites of Salamanca, such us La Plaza Mayor, La Catedral Vieja y La Nueva, La Universidad de Salamanca; participate in a tapas tour tasting the most famous tapas of the city; have dance classes; take a cooking class, and many other activities to allow our students to discover the city.


All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.



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Special Programs and Excursions

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Active Learning Abroad will provide excursions to all students participating in a semester/academic year program. This will allow students to get familiar with some of the most interesting cities and areas in Spain from cultural, artistic, and historic perspectives. Semester abroad students usually have two overnight trips and two day excursions. Below are some examples of previous excursions. Please note not all excursions will be offered each term and locations are subject to change.



Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561, is a cosmopolitan city of 3.2 million people, and covers a metropolitan area of 5 million. Madrid is the seat of the government of Spain, and one of the liveliest cities in Europe, combining cultural and leisure activities for all tastes. Its impressive cultural heritage combines the historic with the modern, and is evident in its museums (Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza) and monuments (Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Cibeles Fountain, Puerta de Alcalá, Neptuno Plaza).



Toledo was the capital of Visigoth Spain during the Middle Ages, which explains its impressive medieval architecture. The city is famous for its rich history and for the coexistence of the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish cultures. In the Middle Ages, Toledo was the European capital for the study of languages and natural sciences. Its privileged location, and the natural turn of the of the Tagus River, together with its continuous population from ages ago, create a unique city in which beautiful and harmonious buildings of an array of architectural styles. 


The old city of Segovia is located at the top of a promontory, originally for defensive purposes, and offers a series of magnificent monuments to its visitors. The most impressive one is the Roman aqueduct. It is one of the most prefect examples of Roman civil architecture, and it was built around 1sr century BC. The city is full of medieval and renaissance examples of civil, military and religious architecture among which the Alcázar (fortress) and Cathedral stand out. Famous for being one of the best conserved walled cities in Europe, Ávila also offers visitants its singular cathedral and the mystic works of Santa Teresa de Jesús.


Located in the region of Andalucia, or "Al-Andalus" as it was known during the Moorish rule, this vibrant and traditional city is home to many examples of Arab influence, including the Giralda tower (bell tower) next to the cathedral. Other popular sites include the Alcazar (Arab fortress and royal gardens), the old Jewish quarter (Barrio Santa Cruz), Plaza de España & Maria Luisa park. You will discover the traditional culture of Spain in this beautiful southern city. 



Lisbon is the capital city and the largest city of Portugal. It is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon is recognized as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, education and tourism. The city is the seventh-most-visited city in Southern Europe, after Istanbul, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Athens and Milan.  


El Escorial

Built in 1557 during the kingdom of Philip II, El Escorial is a temple in honor of San Lorenzo. It is a magnificent mausoleum and a combination of temple, pantheon, and study center and meditation refuge. The great expounders of the Humanism of the Renaissance helped the King accomplish his project which was defined by reason, symmetry and balance, without forgetting even for a moment the all important austerity he desired. The Monastery can be considered a symbol of the power of the Spanish empire in the 16th Century. The Mausoleum of the Kings holds the remains of all the Spanish monarchs from Charles I to Alfonso XIII.


Ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours are included in program fees for all excursions. Hotel accommodation and breakfast are also included in all overnight excursions.

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Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact


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University of Salamanca
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees$10,300 Winter Trimester or $11,445 Spring Term (*Includes the affiliate university discount)
Housing with MealsApproximately $2,600 - $4,000
Housing without MealsApproximately $2,200 - $3,200
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single or shared room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. If the housing is self-catered (no meals), you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. If you would prefer housing with meals, it is available for an extra fee either as a homestay or in a residental hall. Contact us for more information.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level prior to the time of participation. Applicants for the Language & Social Sciences Semester/Year program must have a High Intermediate level of Spanish (4 semesters of college level Spanish or equivalent). Applicants for the Language & Culture Trimester program do not have to have prior language study. A Spanish placement test will be administered upon arrival for all.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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