• Spain
    • Salamanca
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Art History Arts Biology Business Cultural Studies Economics European Studies Film Finance Health Sciences Hispanic Studies History International Business Linguistics Literature Marketing Medicine Political Science Sociology +9

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma Bachelors
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
AIFS is a premier provider of study abroad programs. Program fees cover tuition and housing, and over 50% of our study abroad participants receive financial support from AIFS in the form of scholarships or grants. A meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance, and 24-hour emergency service are also included. Coordinated AIFS Flight Packages with major airlines are also available.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
What's Included (Extra)

Round trip flights, airport transfers and 2-night London stopover included for students on the optional AIFS Flight Package.

Sep 05, 2019
Apr 14, 2019
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About Program

Spend a semester or academic year in Salamanca with AIFS. Earn up to 15 credits studying at the University of Salamanca. Courses are taught in English or Spanish, with no previous Spanish language study required for most programs. Live in a homestay with three meals per day or, for an additional fee, select a student apartment with a meal allowance.

Choose from the following academic programs:
• Spanish and International Studies
• International Business Studies
• Medical and Health Program (fall only)
• Integrated Studies with Spaniards
• Spanish Language and Culture Program (fall only)
• Optional Early Start Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation Program (3 credits)

You’ll enjoy cultural and social activities such as:
• Guided city walks
• Museum visits
• 3-day trip to Lisbon, Portugal
• Day trips to Segovia and the Toro and Zamora Wine Region of Spain.
Optional excursions include a 4-day trip to Morocco and a 4-day trip to Barcelona.

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Program Highlights

  • 3-day trip to Lisbon, Portugal
  • Day trips to Segovia and to the Toro and Zamora wine region
  • Earn up to 15 credits and transcript issued by the University of Salamanca
  • Internship and volunteer opportunities available
  • No previous Spanish language study required for most programs

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Program Reviews

9.58 Rating
based on 24 reviews
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  • Academics 8.6
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.3
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience of my Life!

My semester in Salamanca, Spain was one that I will never forget. I learned so much about myself while getting to see so much of the world. AIFS was amazing and so helpful with helping me prepare to go abroad, getting abroad, while I was abroad, and even after my return home. I never felt like I was alone, even though I took on this journey completely by myself. The program was set up to where there were many activities that allowed everyone to meet and get to know each other, activities that showed us around our new home, and even excursions that allowed us to travel in a safe and informative way. This program gave me some of my best friends that i am so thankful for finding and I owe all of that to AIFS for allowing this to happen.
My homestay experience was second to none and was the best decision I made for myself. I was placed in a home of a single woman who quickly became a true second mom to me. She was very outgoing, warm, kind, and extremely helpful. My house abroad felt like my home in the U.S. and I always felt comfortable and calm. This was especially important during the beginning weeks when everything was so new and foreign to me. Our house was centrally located and in a very safe area. I was able to walk to the city center in less than five minutes and the location was incredible. I still keep in contact with my host mom and look forward to getting to see her again.
The classes provided were great and set up in a way that allowed us to still have free time on weekends as long as you stayed busy and focused in class. The professors were very educated and challenged us everyday to speak as much Spanish as possible to help us learn. They saw so much potential in all their students and encouraged us to see that same potential in ourselves.
Overall, this program was all around such a great experience and made going abroad such an easy process. I recommend this program and location to all students. It changed my life and I will always have a home in Salamanca and with the AIFS staff.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My biggest advice I can give to anyone going on this program is to say yes to every adventure and to keep a journal! Salamanca has so much to offer for all people and it is a place where you can never run out of things to do or places to see. Salamanca has an amazing atmosphere and the locals are very welcoming, so there is no reason to not try new things! Also I recommend keeping a journal and writing about every single day that you have there because one day you will want to look back on your experience and remember every single thing you did, where you ate, what you saw, etc.
25 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Salamanca Study Abroad

I knew that studying abroad was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I wanted to make sure that my trip to Spain was a smooth transition there and that when I returned back to my campus in the spring I was still on track to graduate. AIFS did that and so much. I loved that I could play an active role in choosing courses that I was interested in. I was also thrilled that AIFS prepared me mentally with resources that made me feel at ease (packing list, SIM card options, etc.) While I was abroad, I had an experience like none other. Gaye and Julia treated me like family and when I needed them they were always there to make sure I had what I needed even on days when I was super super homesick. They let us have our freedom and experience around us but were still there to provide support. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my time in Spain and how much this trip changed and impacted me. It is definitely the highlight of not just my college matriculation but my life. The professors were outstanding, the city was beautiful and rich with culture and history. On days that I was homesick one of my greatest memories was going to get frozen yogurt and just sitting outside in the plaza or roam around the city to explore an area I hadn't been. The apartment I stayed in was literally steps away from the plaza and I enjoyed having the option to cook for myself because I am very finicky about food. Of course nothing was perfect, but even on bad days, I wouldn't have traded this opportunity for anything. As an African-American studying abroad was a priority for me. I wanted to travel and engage with a different culture and see what the world was like for myself. I wrote several blogs about my time in Salamanca (head over to AIFS

27 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

AIFs Changed My Life.

My experience abroad completely changed my life. Many, if not all, students who have had the chance of studying away from the United States will say the same thing, but I truly feel like my experience was unique. From the moment I arrived in Salamanca, the AIFs staff made it their personal mission to make me the happiest gal in the world. Not only was I provided with a trip to London to kick off my semester abroad, but I was placed in a loving home stay with a host Mom who truly became my mom. AIFs choice of host families went above and beyond what I expected as my host mom made it her mission to include me and my roommate within Spanish culture as best as possible. In addition, AIFs made sure I recieved the best of Spanish experiences by organizing excursions throughout Spain and giving me the opportunity to take classes in an actual Spanish classroom. When my professors heard I was an aspiring journalist, they went out of their way to get me in contact with local journalists. I tagged along to protests and was able to live a very unique and important moment in Spain’s history, the Catalonia cry for independence. AIFs provided me with trips, memories, and the opportunity to really understand and decide whether this field was what I wanted and I could not recommend this program enough. It changed my life, it could potentially change yours.

22 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I wouldn't trade my experiences in Salamanca for anything

My experiences with AIFS in Salamanca were amazing and unforgettable. Before I left, I received advising every step of the way from the adviser for Spain. When I got to Spain the on site AIFS staff showed everyone in our program around Salamanca, took us to dinner, engaged us in cultural activities, and introduced us to our host families. After the first two weeks I knew that I would miss Spain more than anything because of the incredible experiences that AIFS provided to me. I was practiced Spanish all the time, I took cooking classes, I went on excursions throughout Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, and I engaged in all of my classes. I wish that I would have stayed for a full year rather than only a semester.

What would you improve about this program?
The only think I would say could be improved would be the communication provided to students about the program before leaving. I thought I would be thrown to the wolves and asked to fend for myself, but there was somebody helping me every step of the way.
31 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An Incredible Experience!

My semester in Salamanca was hands down the best semester I've had in college! AIFS was very supportive throughout the entire application process. They answered all my questions via email right away and with very detailed answers to my questions. Also, the AIFS staff in Salamanca always welcomed us into their office. I would go after my classes to ask questions or just to chat. AIFS also provided great host families. My experience was phenomenal and I truly believe I gained a second family in Spain. We still keep in touch and I look forward to visiting them next time I'm in Spain. Salamanca is known as a university city and therefore, I was able to meet a lot of both Spanish and international students around my age. I always felt safe in the city, even at night.

29 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Salamanca Became my Home

Studying abroad in Salamanca through AIFS provided me with a spectacular experience. Not only did the staff do a great job of providing you with a wonderful home stay, but they were always there to help. If you were sick, had a general question, or just even wanted to chat you could always feel comfortable asking the staff. The program allowed for an easy transition from living in the US to the life in Spain by constantly having events and involving you in the culture. If I could go back, I would have no doubt in my mind that this program would be my selection. By the end of the semester, I am sure that you too will feel Salamanca is your home.

What would you improve about this program?
The only fault I could find in the program is that sometimes for certain events the notification would be last minute. This only happened a few times, but it would have been nice to know about these outings sooner.
19 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Living in Salamanca

Salamanca was the best city in Spain to live and study. It was small enough that you didn't have to take a taxi between destinations. This opportunity to walk everywhere helped me to truly get to know the city better. At the same time, I never felt confined or bored. There was always an opportunity to find something new. The AIFS program also provided fun, interactive activities that familiarized you with Salamanca. Whenever questions or concerns arouse I always felt welcome to go to the AIFS staff who were consistently open and helpful.

22 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing AIFS Salamanca

Salamanca is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. I loved walking around the city to explore. My favorite place was Plaza Mayor. My friends and I would go hang out there and people watch. I could not have asked for a better place to spend 4 and a half months.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish that the academics could have been a bit more challenging.
23 people found this review helpful.
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Questions & Answers

Hi Michelle, I was in the program 8 years ago so please check with the AIFS staff in Salamanca. At that time, spring break was not covered so we all planned ahead. Some opted out for staying with their host families, all you had to do is check with them and pay an additional fee directly to them. Others went home for the 2 weeks, but as for me, I did some backpacking with friends thru Europe, it...