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  • Locations: Salamanca, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Spanish Housing options: Homestay, Residence Hall
Areas of study: Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Humanities, International Relations, Internships, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Pre-Law, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sciences, Sociology, Spanish Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Language level: Spanish 44 or the equivalent GPA: 8.25
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Salamanca - Study in Salamanca

Program Overview


Add the atmosphere of a university town and the hospitality and charm of a small city and you have Salamanca. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, Salamanca is the most important university city in Spain and is known for its contributions to Spanish language education.

The program is closely linked to the academic and social life of the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), the oldest university in Spain and one of the most prestigious in Europe. Learn alongside your Spanish peers by enrolling in at least one class at USAL or the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA). Regardless of your major, you may combine your interests in linguistic and cultural proficiency with your academic pursuits.

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NOTE: Program dates listed in Studio Abroad are approximate. Please refer to IES Abroad predeparture materials for planning travel.

Why Salamanca?

Stroll through Salamanca's Old City (a UNESCO World Heritage Site!), and you'll get lost in the beauty of the aged architecture, like the Baroque styling of the Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city. Many people flock to this university town because Salamancans' Spanish is one of the easiest to understand, making it easy for you to communicate and experience a full immersion into the Spanish culture.

Student Life

Whether it's an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we're all about our student services. To find out more specific details, click here and select the Student Life tab.

About IES Abroad

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 6,500 study abroad students every year. From our headquarters in Chicago to our 140 study abroad programs in more than 34 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences.

Discover more about what we offer with all of our programs.

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Academic Program
The program begins with an orientation and a required Intensive Spanish language preparation course (non-credit). When 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 must enroll in 16 IES credits to equal 4 Pomona credits.

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

Students may take only one IES course on a P/NC basis. Students may not take the required Spanish language 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.

Host Institutions
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
Universidad de Salamanca
Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca

Faculty Liaison
Ken Wolf

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

Student Experiences

Read about Maabena Debrah's (PO'18) reflections on meeting locals in Salamanca.

Read about Katrina Matthews-Mcgann's (PO'18) experience on the IES Salamanca program in Fall 2016.

Read Ashley Land's (PO'16) reflection on her semester in Salamanca and see a link to her blog posts.

Read about more student experiences on the IES Salamanca program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/15/2019 03/08/2019 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 02/22/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA