• Spain
    • Salamanca
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
Contact IES Abroad or see website for details.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Visa
Jul 07, 2022
Feb 24, 2021
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About Program

You'll get the best of both worlds in Salamanca: the atmosphere of a university town—think bustling cafés and restaurants filled with students—and the charming hospitality of a small Spanish city. Stroll through Salamanca's Old City (a UNESCO World Heritage Site!), and you'll get lost in the beauty of the architecture, like the Baroque styling of Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city.

Practice your Spanish while ordering a café and immerse yourself in the university student scene. Many people flock to this university town because Salamancans' Spanish is one of the easiest to understand, making it easy to communicate and experience a full immersion into Spanish culture.

We want you to feel at home in Salamanca, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From internships to cultural activities (like a Spanish cooking class, tapas night, and wine tasting workshops), we make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

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Program Highlights

  • You have an individual IES Abroad Program Advisor to guide you before your study abroad adventure. From visa requirements to travel details, they are your #1 resource for preparing to study abroad.
  • Enroll in courses taught in Spanish and take electives in topics ranging from Spanish art to the role of women in Spanish history, and more.
  • Access study spaces, a computer lab, a small library, and wireless internet at the IES Center, located near the university campuses.
  • Participate in field trips to Sevilla & Granada, Portugal, Zamora, and more.
  • Choose to live with a host family or in a residence hall and take advantage of the opportunity to practice conversational Spanish.

Popular Programs

student looking out of a window at the city of Salamanca

All students enrolled in this program take an IES Abroad-taught Spanish language course. Students who place into SP303 or higher will be able to take Spanish-taught area studies courses, as well. Regardless of prior semesters of Spanish, all students will have the option to take English-taught courses at our Center along with our local partner universities, the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) and Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA).

two students standing in front of a castle in Salamanca

Designed for Psychology majors or minors, our Psychology Program is a collaboration between IES Abroad and the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, a prestigious university well known for its Psychology Studies. Courses will be taken at the IES Abroad Salamanca Center and Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, and will be taught in English. You’ll be able to practice your Spanish skills with a mandatory language course while in Salamanca.

student resting on a rock with a bridge in the background in Salamanca

IES offers students the chance to learn Spanish alongside their academic majors this summer. You'll enroll in a 4-credit Spanish language course and a one-credit elective about a variety of topics in Spanish history and culture; beginning Spanish speakers will have a vocabulary course instead of the elective. This program will help students gain a meaningful cultural experience and a deeper knowledge of what it means to be a citizen of the world.


IES Abroad Scholarships

IES Abroad Scholarships and Financial Aid

Financial limitations shouldn't prevent you from studying abroad with us. That's why IES Abroad offers more than $6 million in scholarships and aid. IES Abroad offers a number of diversity scholarships and grants to provide opportunities for traditionally underrepresented communities in study abroad.

$500 - $5,000

Program Reviews

4.83 Rating
based on 42 reviews
  • 5 rating 83.33%
  • 4 rating 16.67%
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  • Academics 4.25
  • Support 4.55
  • Fun 4.75
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Study Abroad Experience in Salamanca, Spain

I have been speaking Spanish for a long time and really wanted to take my skills to the next level. Not only did this program help me improve my Spanish abilities by both classes and immersive experiences, but it also provided me and the other students with awesome opportunities every week through pre-planned activities and trips. The academic aspect was challenging, but not too challenging and I still had plenty of time to travel, try new things, and hang out with the several new friends I made. The staff were also super helpful answering any questions any of us had. I loved this program!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My connecting flight to Portugal was late and I missed my final flight to Madrid, and therefore the IES Abroad bus to Salamanca. Another student and I were running on less than 2 hours of sleep with no cell service when we had to navigate the Madrid airport in order to find where to purchase bus tickets to Salamanca--and then we had to find where the busses would pick us up. When we finally arrived in Salamanca, we had to catch a taxi to finally make it to our homestays. I never imagined I'd be navigating my own way from Madrid to Salamanca, but the fact that I did it (and almost alone) gave me so much confidence in myself and my ability to hold my own in a foreign country. It's not the start to my study abroad experience that I would've wanted, but it made me more confident and ready for whatever lie ahead.
55 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The City of Gold

Salamanca, Spain is a town like no other. Known as the City of Gold, it is truly a treasure. The academic opportunities, rich culture, and history are unparalleled. It is the perfect place for anyone hoping to further their Spanish skills, with its endless opportunities for total immersion. The classes are challenging in just the right way, with professors that are there to help you achieve your goals. The town has so much beauty and history to offer, making it a well-rounded educational experience, as well as the perfect place for personal growth.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Despite being sent home early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I would not change a single thing. I think this is an important question that really speaks to the quality of this program-- no matter how things turned out, I would not trade a single day. Salamanca will forever hold a special place in my heart.
55 people found this review helpful.
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Salamanca, a Home in Spain

I can't imagine a better place to learn and grow than the beautiful city of Salamanca, Spain. It's the perfect size for a community feel with the autonomy to go on many an adventure in the city. My host family was incredible and very sweet - I felt right at home in their house and enjoyed the opportunity to practice Spanish in and out of the classroom. The courses at IES were rigorous and I feel thankful for a tiered-level program that allowed me to work with students of similar ability. I also enjoyed the variety of classes offered. Attending courses at the partner institution, USAL, was incredibly helpful in gaining credit for my home university and advancing my spoken and written Spanish communication. I loved my time in Spain and I can't imagine a better place to have been!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get out and see the world as much as possible when you are there! There are so many incredible day/weekend trips that you can take throughout Spain and Europe. Pack lighter than you need to - there's great shopping in Salamanca!
44 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Can I do it again?

My experience of studying abroad was amazing! My most memorable experiences were the following; the relationship I built with several professors, traveling and the experience. I was born in Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of 7. I remember going through massive cultural shock when I first came to the U.S. Not only was I in a new country where I did not speak the same language as the rest but I also missed my friends and teachers. Studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country really hit home. Having the opportunity to attend classes in Spanish and growing a relationship with the professors was such an amazing experience. It felt like I was back in Mexico learning and speaking in Spanish. Traveling around Europe has always been one of my dreams and IES Abroad Salamanca made that possible by providing us with the right information about where to travel and the time. Overall the experience was amazing if I was able to do it again I would.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You're always having so much fun that time flies by, so live every day like it's your last day there!
46 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Experience

I had a great experience studying abroad with IES. It was amazing to experience a new culture, and I had a great support system while doing it. The IES Salamanca staff is helpful and well-organized, and gave us the chance to go on some cool field trips within Spain, included in the cost of the program. I stayed in the residence hall, where I enjoyed living in a single in close proximity to other students, but I know that those who stayed with host families also had great experiences. Salamanca is walkable, beautiful, and rich with history without being very Americanized like some other cities. For me, it was the perfect city to study abroad in.

What would you improve about this program?
The classes in the Psychology in Salamanca program are new, and definitely have room for growth.
54 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An Exhilarating Semester in Salamanca

I know that I definitely made the right choice by choosing Salamanca. This was the perfect city to learn Spanish in. Even though there were only four of us in the program, as this was the first time the program was being held, I feel like I still gained a lot from the experience. The small class sizes provided me with the opportunity to truly learn Spanish and to actively participate in class. I was also given the chance to learn about psychology and sociology from a different perspective. I had three classes with IES and two classes at the university (Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca-UPSA). However, I only had one class in Spanish and I lived in the residence halls. As a result, I did my best to participate in activities that would help me speak Spanish more often. I went to some Intercambio nights and I also had multiple intercambios. I also tried my best to meet up with the orientation leaders, volunteers and grad assistant whenever I had the chance. By doing all this, I got to know the language and culture better.

Being able to walk around everywhere in the city was also a highlight for me as my college is in LA. The staff at the center were also very helpful and the activities that they provided were very fun. This university city was truly the best place to meet students from different cities and the best place to really learn Spanish and more about the culture. I made so many amazing memories and I hope to return to Salamanca one day.

What would you improve about this program?
It would have been nice to have a program calendar sooner to plan in advance for traveling. It also would have been nice to have some sort of a longer break for the fall semester. Some aspects about the UPSA courses could have also changed.
50 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience in Salamanca

As a first-generation latina student abroad, it was definitely a new experience in general. Although the ability to interact with people from all over the world and, therefore, learn about not only Spanish culture, but other cultures as well as I went to school and practiced a Spanish that was different to mine was such an awesome experience.

Salamanca is such a relatively small but beautiful town with a lot to offer for abroad students and IES did a pretty good job in terms of support and guidance for my time in Salamanca. More likely, because I was coming from such a big city like Chicago, it definitely felt very different and kind of odd, but now that I'm back I can't stop thinking about how great my experience was. I do not regret choosing such an amazing location to study abroad and I hope to visit Salamanca sometime soon and see my local friends and the beautiful and historical University of Salamanca all over again.

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

Abroad in Salamanca!

I've always been a science person because the way I'm introduced to languages at school was not appealing. When I went abroad, rather than language being part of a textbook, I got to experience language as the lifeline of a culture and community. I am very grateful for this opportunity to learn Spanish. I have had some experience with French in high school but had no experience with Spanish whatsoever. Nevertheless, I was able to learn a lot through fantastic teachers. I absolutely adored my teacher. She had an OK background with English, but I was able to learn through miming and actions. I looked forward to going to class everyday because Spanish felt more like a hobby rather than simply a subject in school. I heard the same satisfactory feedback about my peers’ teachers, who were in more advanced levels.

With regards to outside the classroom, homestay was the way to go. I was able to practice my Spanish with my homestay family, who were accustomed to hosting students. On the weekends, we were free to travel. On one weekend, we had a trip to Portugal. Throughout the month, the program planned various cultural activities such as salsa lessons and cooking sessions. I highly recommend this program to students who want a sense of independence to explore the Spanish culture and lifestyle while also under the security and support of an established program.

What would you improve about this program?
More ways to interact with the community
45 people found this review helpful.

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