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  • Locations: Salamanca, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Spanish Housing options: Homestay, Residence Hall
Areas of study: Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Education, 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
Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid Language level: Spanish 44 or the equivalent
GPA: 2.75
Program Description:
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Salamanca - Language & Area Studies

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.

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

We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website.

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Scholarships & aid

IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $6 million in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application. 

Aid Application Deadlines:
Summer – April 1
Fall/Academic Year – May 1
Spring/Calendar Year – November 1

The IES Abroad difference

We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true…. But what really sets us apart is our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.

  • 135+ Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
  • 33 Global Locations
  • Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
  • Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
  • $6+ Million in Aid and Scholarships
  • Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
  • 70 Years of Experience

About IES Abroad

Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception.

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Call us at 800.995.2300

Academic Program
Students enroll in an advanced Spanish language course. Highly advanced students may substitute a Spanish linguistics or literature course for the language course.

Students enroll in one elective course at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA) or the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL). Course credit varies at both institutions.

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

Students enroll in 15-19 IES credits for a total of 3.75-4.75 Pomona credits.

​Students are required to take at least one course with significant focus on Spain.

Students may not enroll courses taught in English.

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

Travel Advisories

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.