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Begin or enhance your Spanish language skills with an intensive two-week or month-long virtual session with the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. Earn academic credit by completing Spanish language and culture coursework taught in Spanish from international instructors.

What's Included?

  • Advising
  • Community-building activities and cultural resources in a digital learning workspace
  • Career readiness materials and support, including how to reflect this experience on a resume and at job interviews
  • Live events featuring native Spanish speakers, cultural activities from the diverse Spanish-speaking world, opportunities to network and improve your language skills, and more
  • API Digital Badge: Global Agility (Gold Badge available for Spanish language completion!)
  • Post-program evaluation
  • Access to API alumni network & API Ambassador Program
  • Optional international excursion (for participants 18 and older)

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to gap students, freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • University Approval Form (if applicable)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport (if participating in the international excursion)
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Short-Term Nov 4, 2020 - Dec 1, 2020 $1,820 Oct 21, 2020 - Oct 28, 2020
Short-Term Nov 4, 2020 - Nov 17, 2020 $1,320 Oct 21, 2020 - Oct 28, 2020
Short-Term Dec 2, 2020 - Dec 17, 2020 $1,320 Nov 18, 2020 Nov 25, 2020
Short-Term Jan 11, 2021 - Jan 22, 2021 $1,320 Dec 28, 2020 Jan 4, 2021
Short-Term Feb 1, 2021 - Feb 12, 2021 $1,320 Jan 18, 2021 Jan 25, 2021
Short-Term Feb 1, 2021 - Feb 26, 2021 $1,820 Jan 18, 2021 Jan 25, 2021
Short-Term Mar 1, 2021 - Mar 12, 2021 $1,320 Feb 15, 2021 Feb 22, 2021
Short-Term Mar 1, 2021 - Mar 26, 2021 $1,820 Feb 15, 2021 Jan 22, 2021
Short-Term Apr 5, 2021 - Apr 16, 2021 $1,320 Mar 22, 2021 Mar 29, 2021
Short-Term Apr 5, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021 $1,820 Mar 22, 2021 Mar 29, 2021
Short-Term May 3, 2021 - May 14, 2021 $1,320 Apr 19, 2021 Apr 26, 2021
Short-Term May 3, 2021 - May 28, 2021 $1,820 Apr 19, 2021 Apr 16, 2021

Students pay a $150 application deposit with the initial application and a $400 confirmation payment upon acceptance. Students who apply on the application deadline are responsible for submitting 50% of the program fee with the application.

Program participants will have the opportunity to culminate their virtual learning experience with an optional 7-16 day excursion in March 2021! Participants will experience the rich cultural heritage of the country of their choice through various tours, visits to historic sites, and opportunities to experience the local culture firsthand. Participants interested in this option may select one excursion and will be charged an additional fee. Please note that participants must be 18 or older by the program start date. The international excursions require minimum enrollment per location and itineraries are subject to change.


- Airport reception
- API safety orientation
- Housing
- API welcome dinner and several group meals (some meals on own)
- Medical and life insurance
- In-country transportation
- Entrance fees
- Social and cultural activities


What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3-6 semester credits per session (depending on session length)

Intensive two-week and month-long online courses in Spanish language and culture are available throughout the year with Universidad de Salamanca.


30-50 contact hours / 2-3 U.S. semester credits

60-100 contact hours / 4-6 U.S. semester credits

API students will receive a transcript from the Universidad de Salamanca upon completion of their program.

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All students are required to take a Spanish Grammar course at their respective level, which comprises two class hours per day. Depending on their level and the length of the term, students may then choose 1-3 elective courses.

All courses listed below are offered at four levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and proficient unless otherwise noted.

In December, only 3 class hours are offered, including Lengua Española and Conversación y redacción. For beginners, only Lengua Española and Amplicación de léxico are offered.

In March, only 3 or 4 class hours are offered, including Lengua española, Conversación y redacción and/or Cultura española. For beginners, only Lengua Española and Amplicación de léxico, and/or Actividades para la comunicación are offered.


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.

Lengua Española (Spanish Language) - 2 and 4 weeks

This course aims to improve students’ fluency in Spanish, paying special attention to grammar and vocabulary. Following a communicative and functional approach, the course offers students a wide range of tasks and activities which make them get familiar with real communicative contexts.

Conversación y Redacción (Conversation and Composition) - 2 and 4 weeks

Along this course, students work on their writing and speaking skills through the analysis and production of different written and oral texts.

Cultura Española (Spanish Culture) - 2 and 4 weeks

The objective of this course is to help the student understand the different aspects of the Spanish culture. The program includes not only information about geographic, political, historic aspects, but also the customs, behavior, and values which form a part of the Spanish character.

Historia de la España Contemporánea (Contemporary Spanish History) - 2 and 4 weeks

In this course, students analyze the most relevant events and figures from the 20th century and understand their repercussions on modern Spain.

Traducción al Español del Inglés - 2 weeks

This course stimulates students to reflect on the main structures and mechanisms of their own language and on those of Spanish. They translate a varied range of real texts, including many different styles and registers.

Ampliación de Léxico (Build Your Vocabulary) - 2 and 4 weeks

This course is only offered at an elementary level. It provides students with basic vocabulary they may need in order to solve basic daily-life tasks and problems using the Spanish language.

Prácticas de Destrezas Orales (Oral Skills Practice) - 2 and 4 weeks

During this course, students will develop their listening and speaking skills through guided activities which reproduce a variety of real communicative contexts.

Español de los Negocios (Spanish for Business) - 2 and 4 weeks

This course is designed for students who need to go deep into Spanish more specifically, focusing on the variety of language used for business. Special emphasis on specific vocabulary regarding this area and on the main language skills within this domain.

Literatura Contemporánea en Español (Contemporary Spanish Literature) - 2 and 4 weeks

The course offers an outline of the Spanish and Latin American literature written along the 20th century. Following a chronological order, it focuses on the main literary trends and on the development of literary genres by the most important authors of this period.

Actividades para la Comunicación (Communicative Activities) - 2 and 4 weeks

This course is only offered at an elementary level (A1 and A2). Students are provided with practical activities as if they were in daily-life contexts. Thanks to these activities, they can actively develop the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Arte Español (Spanish Art) - 2 and 4 weeks

With this course, students learn the main periods and trends of the Spanish art through History. During the course, students analyze the most important art works (paintings, sculptures and architecture) of the Spanish Heritage.

Prácticas de Destrezas Escritas (Written Skills Practice) - 2 and 4 weeks

With this class, students will learn to use their writing skills as a communicative tool. They will improve their writing through the reading comprehension and the production of different texts.