Salamanca Quick Facts
Language of Instruction
Fields of Study
Spanish language and literature, art history, economics, history, journalism, political science, psychology, religion, sociology.
Universidad de Salamanca
Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
Homestays with another program participant, or residence hall with university students
Fall semester: early September to mid-December
Spring semester: mid-January to June
Salamanca, in the province of Castile, is a classic medieval city with narrow cobble-stoned streets and magnificent plazas. Founded in 1218, the University of Salamanca was one of the first great medieval universities in Europe, and today it continues to impart a lively social and intellectual quality to the city. The Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca is the fourth oldest university in Europe and offers relatively small class sizes.
The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) offices are located in the city center within a short walking distance of the university, and the institute’s classrooms are located at the university. Students typically take a mix of IES and University of Salamanca or Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca courses.
Students are required by Pomona to enroll in at least one university course and to take IES's intensive Spanish language preparation (non-credit course) and advanced language courses (1.0 Pomona course credit); highly advanced students may substitute a Spanish linguistics or literature course for the language course. For the remaining courses, students enroll in a combination of IES and university courses. Most students take an additional language course, Advanced Grammar and Usage, level I, II or III, (3-4 semester hours). Pomona grants 1.0 course credit for 4.0 semester credits, so students need to take enough courses to equal at least 16 semester credits for 4.0 Pomona course credits. Normally, Pomona students may not enroll in university courses taught in English. Spring participants may not do the Education internship for credit. Students may take only one course on a P/NC basis.
Students live and take their meals in homes or in the residence hall, Residencia Cuenca.
Number of Students
Approximately 5 Pomona students. Total group approximately 40.
Four semesters of college-level Spanish. A language course must have been completed within one year prior to the start of the program and priority is given to students who will have taken Spanish during the semester preceding their anticipated study in Spain. 9.0 GPA. Junior or first semester senior standing when program begins.