Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain: Semester or Academic Year

Video and Photos

An areal view of Salamanca
An areal view of Salamanca
A local 'back road' in Salamanca
A local 'back road' in Salamanca
Climbed stairs to the tower of the old cathedral.
Climbed stairs to the tower of the old cathedral.
AIFS Salamanca, Spain
AIFS Salamanca, Spain
AIFS Salamanca, Spain
AIFS Salamanca, Spain

About

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.

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

Scholarships

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships
AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants & Financial Support

We believe a study abroad experience is an essential component of well-rounded university education and we are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad.

Value
$500 - $5,000

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...

Reviews

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based on 24 reviews
  • Academics 8.6
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.3
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BB'08
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Salamanca: Studying in the Golden CIty Of Spain

My time in Salamanca was life-changing. I lived with a host family that I keep in touch with today (4 years later) and have gone back to visit. It was such a privilege to be able to study at one of the oldest universities in Europe.

Through making friends in Salamanca, my classes at the university, and my time spent with the host family, my Spanish skills greatly improved.

I made lasting friendships and lifelong memories. I would encourage everyone to go!

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Salamanca
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Do I have to leave?

I think that to be completely honest I think anyone going to Salamanca is going to have an amazing time no matter what program the go with. But I have had such an amazing time with AIFS. The staff is always helpful and take us on trips or give little perks like taking us out to tapas or chocolate con churros. But apart from the program Salamanca is still one of the best places I have ever been. Walking around the city I feel surrounded by culture and history. I walk through the plaza (which is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world...no joke) and I have to make myself stop and realize that although I walk though every day it is still amazing and beautiful and I need to take it all in. I only have about a month and a half left and I hate to think that on May 18 I will be leaving and I don't know when I'll be back. I want time to stop in this moment because at this moment I can't think of a better place to be.

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amturner10
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Decision You'll Ever Make

I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived in Salamanca... But what I got couldn't have been better. With classes in the mornings (with coffee breaks, of course) we had the afternoons free everyday. Meeting up with friends for leisurely walks, grabbing ice cream in the plaza, and endless conversations never got old. On days we felt more tourist-y we would visit the convent, cathedral, or university library. A never ending supply of places to go and things to see. I wouldn't change a thing about Salamanca. Sure, their accent may take a while, but every single person I spoke Spanish to was just so happy I was speaking, that they helped me with any words I struggled on, and even would teach me the "Spanish" way of saying it. Nicest people in the world. Going to Salamanca was by far the best choice I could have made for my Sophomore year in college.

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Vazqsama
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The people make it the best.

It was always a dream of mine to visit Spain and after spending a year in Salamamca with AIFS I couldn't think of a better way to have fulfilled that dream. The program and the staff are incredible, they go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your time abroad. The academic advisor is one of the best advisors I have ever had, he makes sure that you are enrolled in classes that are not only appropriate for your language level but also interesting to you. Meeting and getting to know the locals was the best thing I could have done. The Salmantinos are extremely sweet, funny, and always willing to help you with what ever you need.

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MeganRejohnna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with AIFS in Salamanca

Studying abroad in Salamanca was the best decision I've made during my academic career. It was not only enriching on an academic level, but on a personal and cultural level, as well. I very much grew as an individual and made friends from literally all over the world. The University is fantastic, and the classes offered are definitely some of the best that I've ever taken. The AIFS staff there are also incredibly helpful; they mix fun and support in great way and arrange all of the necessities for you, like living, group travel, and extracurricular activities like cooking and dance lessons. We also did several dinners and tapas outings together. I wouldn't be able to write a review for Salamanca without mentioning the nightlife. I've never had so much fun in my life! It was such a fun-loving global community with so many opportunities for socialization. And as a city, Salamanca is just beautiful. The architecture is breathtaking and it's very conveniently located for travel and visiting purposes.

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student
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Flawless Semester

I had the most amazing semester. Salamanca, is the best city to study abroad and AIFS is a very reliable program. From the beginning to the end, our directors educated us and kept in constant communication to ensure our excellent safety and organization. They choose very secure, fun and immersing homestays. I absolutely loved my host family, they were so welcoming and always made the most delicious food! Having wireless internet was also an added bonus! I loved this program because they made it hassle-free. They handled our airport transfers and always let us know of cultural events on campus. I miss it like crazy, choose AIFS-Salamanca!

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slshober6
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Salamanca Spring 2009

I loved studying abroad, especially in a place that my school didn't offer because I was forced to make new friends and get out of my comfort box, which is what studying abroad should be all about. I loved being in Europe as well because there are a million places you can get to so quickly.

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lainey2013
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Que Guay

Salamanca is a beautiful city that looks like it came straight out of a storybook. My university has a study abroad program in Salamanca, but I realized it was more affordable (and four weeks longer) to study through an external program. Before the semester started we had a two week orientation course which helped me to get acclimated to Salamanca, my study abroad group and Spanish culture. The AIFS staff is fantastic. The homestay was nice, I learned a ton about Spanish culture and we had several groups of European high school students live with us too. The classes were easy, but they are all in Spanish.

And AIFS has an optional excursion to Morocco which was amazing!
Overall, I would recommend study abroad, and if you're looking at Spain. Go to Salamanca with AIFS

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BBHSTeacher
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome Experience

I had the most wonderful experience in Salamanca, and would encourage anyone interested in the abroad experience to study here as well. My host family was incredible, giving me a taste of homemade paella, soups, dinners, meals--everything a girl could ask for! The two of Salamanca felt super safe, and even with us out walking at night, I never had any issue or felt unsafe. Also, its location to Madrid and thus out of country travel was extremely easy and accessible.

I couldn't recommend this abroad experience more!!!