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This program offers fluent (or near-native) Spanish speakers who wish to study abroad in Salamanca the opportunity to enroll directly in classes with Spaniards. This program is a great opportunity for the motivated, superior level Spanish speaker who wants to study abroad with complete immersion.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Salamanca programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
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.
The way of St James (Camino de Santiago) has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages in history. The group will – metaphorically – write their names in the history of the Way, walking one of the stages while we learn about the Way, its history, and its legends!
The group will also visit León, one of the biggest cities near Salamanca, and its amazing Gothic cathedral, Astorga, a beautiful town in the Way of Santiago, where the group will visit a palace built by Gaudi. The trip will conclude in Ponferrada, the last major town in the French route before arriving in Santiago.
In this trip we will visit the region of Extremadura, south of Salamanca. We will visit the beautiful town of Cáceres, and Trujillo, a medieval town from where many conquerors were from.
Toro is one of those underrated villages that, once you visit it, you regret not having done so before. It is also one of the most important wine producers (Toro wine was the first one to travel from Europe to America!).
We will visit the town and, of course, one of the most important wineries.
To complete the trip, we will stop by Zamora. A beautiful city near Salamanca, to see some great examples of Spain Romanesque style.
Can we cover 2000 years of history in just one day? We love challenges. We will start our tour in Segovia in a Roman monument, and walk through more than 2000 years of history visiting the last gothic Cathedral built in Spain (known as the Lady of Cathedrals) and a beautiful castle (that is said to have inspired Disney for Snow White Castle).
Let's discover the mountains around Salamanca. This trip starts with a beautiful hike near la Alberca, to connect with mother nature and connect with each other. We will also have a guided tour around La Alberca, one of Spain's most beautiful villages, and learn about their traditions
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-24 credits per semester
The University of Salamanca welcomes foreign students into this program who meet the following requirements: completion of a minimum of 5 semesters minimum of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent proficiency) for admission; current enrollment in an American university; completion of a minimum of two and a maximum of five classes per semester.
ADDITIONAL CREDIT OPTIONS
The spring early start program includes a mandatory intensive two-three weeks of Spanish language instruction and elective options for an additional 40-60 contact hours (2-4 U.S. credits) to help students refresh their Spanish skills and boost their confidence in the language before starting regular semester classes. Students who elect to take courses other than first-year courses with Spaniards may not be eligible to complete the intensive Spanish course due to scheduling conflicts.
API students will receive a transcript from the Universidad de Salamanca upon completion of their program.
Hometown: Dripping Springs, Texas
Study Abroad (or International) Experience: I had the opportunity to study abroad in summer 2008 in Europe. I was part of a faculty-led program that studied the European Union in France, Germany and Belgium; then I studied French language in Grenoble, France, and finally backpacked around western Europe doing thesis research. I also went abroad there times as a high school student as part of an educational tour program touring France, Spain and Italy.
Education: BA in International Studies from Texas A&M University & M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin
Where is your most favorite travel destination that you’ve been to, and what about that spot impacted your life and your direction?
I have had the opportunity to travel to many exciting countries, such as China, Mexico, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, and several others. In all of my travels, my favorite destinations tend to stand out, not because of the location, but the feeling that I get from being there. Whether traveling alone, with friends or family, each destination lives forever with me, impacting my life and decisions in ways that it could take years to figure out. For example, one favorite destination is Paris, which I have have the opportunity to visit many times for work and pleasure. Now, when I travel there, it is not to see every tourist attraction, but to just be and exist in that time and place. Paris is where I realized that I loved travel, and getting lost to explore new places. It has led me to a life in international education, where I hope to help others have that same experience; to be able to live in the moment, but also help shape their future in ways that they cannot yet imagine.
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.
Click on the course listings description to see the full course offerings.
Once you have clicked on that link, then click on the link that says 'Grados'.
Here you will find the guías académicas for each grado (degree). While students can mix classes from any department, course schedules are set to only be compatible within each individual grado, so you may encounter schedule clashes if you attempt to take courses in multiple varied subjects. It is also important to pay attention to exam schedules, as courses which are offered at different times may have conflicting exam periods.
After clicking on a grado, you will need to download the planificación docente PDF. This PDF contains syllabi for all of the courses within that department. Fall semester students will need to look at courses offered during the 1º/primer semestre/cuatrimestre whereas spring students will look for classes taught during the 2º/segundo semestre/cuatrimestre. The course credits will appear as ECTS, which should be divided by 2 to determine the US semester credits. The curso signifies the year of study e.g. curso: primero would be a freshman class.
Once students are accepted, they will receive an email from the Resident Director, with further information for their classes' registrations. Even if registration can be done once they get to Salamanca, they are strongly encouraged to decide the classes as soon as possible, and always have at least 2-3 back-up options confirmed by their advisors.
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. semester credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.
Students will register for classes after arrival in Spain. At the start of the session, students will have a 2-week period for registration and your API Resident Director will assist you in understanding class schedules and determining what classes will work for you.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Salamanca Grados Link
Language of Instruction: Spanish
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.