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Spain: Salamanca

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Salamanca Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Spanish language and literature, anthropology, art, art history, biology, chemistry, economics, film studies, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology.

Host Institutions
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

Program Dates
Fall semester: early September to mid-December
Spring semester: mid-January to June

Faculty Liaison
Ken Wolf

IES: Study in Salamanca

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. 

Academic Program

The program begins with an orientation and a required Intensive Spanish language preparation course (non-credit). Wehn the semester begins, students enroll in an advanced Spanish language course (1.0 Pomona credit). Highly advanced students may substitute a Spanish linguistics or literature course for the language course.

Students are required to enroll in one elective course at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA) or two elective courses at the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL). Course credit varies at both institutions, and 3.0 U.S. semester credits is equivalent to 0.75 Pomona credits.

For the remaining courses, students enroll in a combination of IES and university courses.

Students may not enroll in a university course taught in English.

Students may take only one course on a P/NC basis. 

Living Arrangements

 Students live and take their meals in homes or in the residence hall, Residencia Cuenca. 

Number of Students

IES enrolls approximately 40 students, selected from a national pool.


  • Completion of advanced Spanish (Spanish 44), or the equivalent.
  • A language course must have been completed within one year prior to the start of the program.

Priority is given to students who will have taken Spanish during the semester preceding their anticipated study in Spain. 

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