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This program is geared toward advanced level Spanish speakers who want to study abroad in Salamanca. It provides advanced grammar and language instruction, while allowing students to choose from several cultural electives. Students must have taken four to five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent for admission.
*Please note the application deadline has been extended for the Spring session. Additional fees may apply.
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Salamanca programs. All excursions are subject to change.
Several towns are “musts” in this region. First is Mérida, home of the largest number of Roman ruins outside of Italy, as well as a Museum of Roman Art, an amphitheater and aqueducts. Second is Cáceres, a Medieval and Renaissance city with walls that were built by the Romans and Almohads. The third is Trujillo, the cradle of more than 500 conquerors. Walking through this city will offer the opportunity to see many historical monuments and the Moorish castle. The mountain-town within the region of Las Villuercas leads to the historic village of Guadalupe, home of the Sanctuary-Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.
Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.
Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.
Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-18 credits per semester
This program is geared toward advanced level Spanish speakers who want to study abroad in Salamanca. It provides advanced grammar and language instruction while allowing students to choose from several cultural electives. Students must have taken four to five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent for admission.
Students take 4-5 courses per semester, and each course is equivalent to three semester credits. Students in this program are encouraged to study for the full academic year. Students who complete the Academic Year program receive the Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos.
ADDITIONAL CREDIT OPTIONS
Students who want to refresh their Spanish skills before starting their classes can participate in the Fall and Academic Year Early Start programs, which include an intensive 3 weeks of study in September for an additional 60 contact hours of Spanish language instruction and elective coursework.
API students will receive a transcript from the Universidad de Salamanca upon completion of their program.
Inma will be one of your Resident Directors in Salamanca and will be a resource for you on-site.
Miguel will be one of your Resident Directors in Salamanca and a resource for you while you are in Spain.
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
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Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.
This course is designed to increase and improve students’ linguistic skills in the Spanish language. In order to do so, the grammatical and lexical aspects are studied from a communicative and functional approach. Many different tasks are used in order to put the students in real communicative situations so that they are able to understand and assimilate how to use the concepts already learned in the new language.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Language Level Required: Advanced
Recommended US semester credits: 3
The period of the history of Spain studied in the spring starts at the beginning of the 17th century, when Felipe III was king, followed by Felipe IV and Carlos II (they are known as Austrias Menores). The key reasons for the decline of the Empire are analyzed. The course reviews the Bourbon dynasty, after the War of the Spanish Succession up until the end of the 19th century, and the important year of 1898, when Spain lost its last colonies. The last period studied in this subject covers the analysis of the most important events of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century (crisis in the monarchy, II Republic, Civil War, Franco’s regime, Transition and democratic normalization) and the settlement of the socioeconomic and cultural context of current day Spain.
Spanish Renaissance art is the departure point for this semester. The main examples of this artistic period and others (Baroque, Neoclassicism) are analyzed. The most important figures of Spanish contemporary art, and especially of the development of the artistic Avant-Garde, are Picasso, Dalí, and Miró. Students analyze the time in which they lived as well as their most important works and how that reflects the Spanish Art of the 20th century. Students also study the works of other important figures of contemporary art in all mediums: painting, sculpture, architecture.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Language Level Required: Advanced
This course is designed for the student to acquire the basic tools needed to understand, interpret and discuss economic issues in Spain. Each of the topics studied in this course (e.g., the general situation of Spanish citizens according to the different groups of population, Spanish public, and private institutions’ management) explains the meaning of the most important economic concepts, as well as the basic relations existing behind the analyzed concepts. Students should understand the existing relations between the economic elements and the main economic magnitudes. A particular emphasis is placed on the close link of the country’s economy with the social and political context.
Students study how the population is distributed today and how was it distributed in the past, according to the existing population and to the specific forms it adopts. Changes in the demographic behavior of the Spanish population and their definition in variants such as birthrate, mortality rate, and natural growth are analyzed. The evolution of the domestic population movements (migration from the rural areas to the city, from the less developed regions and provinces to the most developed ones, etc) and international population movements (migration in the past, migration in the last years, etc.) can be monitored by analyzing the higher or lower level of growth and economic development. The recent strong urbanization of the country is also studied in contrast with the deeply rooted rural habitat of the country that lasted until the mid-20th century.
API students in Salamanca can choose from two different housing options – students may choose to live with a host family or a residencia. Internet access is included in both options.
Students who choose to live with families generally share a double room with a fellow API student and are provided with three meals per day and laundry service. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.
Students in Salamanca may also choose to live in a residencia. Residencias are usually small, family-run student residences that house international students and occasionally Spanish students. Traditionally 1-2 students share a bedroom, and a bathroom is shared by multiple students. All students have access to living, TV, and common areas. Residencias are generally co-ed and accommodate 2-30 students. Students are provided with three meals per day. Meals are not provided during school breaks and holidays.
Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included.