API (Academic Programs International): Salamanca - Universidad de Salamanca

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This program is ideal for students who would like to improve their communication and grammar skills, while also taking culture courses in addition to their language studies. Beginning level students focus on developing their oral and written profi... read more

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Umm everything imaginable. Completely worthwhile and I'm looking to go back next year - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
I made great friends from all over Europe and improved my Spanish significantly - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Salamanca - University of Salamanca
How to speak another language, make friends with others who I wouldn't have normally been friends with, be open to new experiences, take risks, you don't always need a game plan, how to budget, how to be independent in a different country that doesn't speak my native language, how to adapt in situations I am not prepared for or ... - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained experience stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting all kinds of new people, lots of knowledge about a new culture and opportunities to speak Spanish. Definitely worthwhile. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
the experience overall opened my eyes to the world, I am better for it. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
It was a life changing experience. I was able to learn more about the culture. - University of Texas - El Paso View Entire Review
YES. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
It was the best decision I have ever made to go and study in a foreign country. I have grown up immensely and have a greater understanding of cultures and other countries aside from my own. - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
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It was wonderful. I gained new friends, new travel experiences, and better language skills. - Rice University View Entire Review
June 06, 2016 Fun And Long
I gained a better understanding of true Spanish culture and a greater appreciation of the versatility of the Spanish language. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained so much from studying abroad. It changed my life. I became more independent, culturally aware, open-minded, responsible, and flexible because traveling and living in a new country for an extended period of time will bring new challenges and experiences. Before studying abroad, I was straight on the dream career path. No... - University of California - San Diego View Entire Review
Life changing. Learned so much about myself and the rest of the world. - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Salamanca - University of Salamanca
I've found myself in a number of ways. I've seen tons of new cities, countries, things. New experiences. I went from being an able reader, writer, and understander of Spanish to being a good SPEAKER and conversationalist. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I learned so much from my time abroad. I had the time of my life and enjoyed my whole time. I was able to explore Europe while making lasting friendships with people from all over America and the world. The people I spent my time abroad with have become my best friends. If you are majoring or minoring in Spanish I would highly r... - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Yes, yes, yes. I would recommend this program and specific city to anyone. I learned to be more open to different cultures. I understand the Spanish language so much better now. The API is well organized, the people are nice, and you just get so much out of the money you put into it Its definitely worth every penny. - Seton Hall University View Entire Review
Definitely. I learned so much about the world outside what I had known before, and now I can't wait to travel again. - Campbellsville University View Entire Review
It helped me so much in the rest of my Spanish classes in college and in my job as a teacher - Valparaiso University View Entire Review

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This program is ideal for students who would like to improve their communication and grammar skills, while also taking culture courses in addition to their language studies. Beginning level students focus on developing their oral and written proficiency and all courses relate to language study. Intermediate, advanced and superior level students complete 2-3 cultural electives in addition to their grammar course. A student’s language level is determined by a placement exam administered by the Universidad de Salamanca.

Universidad de Salamanca now includes a program that is a perfect fit for health science students. Students who are looking for an immersive Spanish experience while taking courses in their major are now offered a great opportunity to study health in Salamanca. 

Students who study abroad in Salamanca, Spain with API will take courses at the Universidad de Salamanca.  Founded in 1218, the Universidad de Salamanca is the oldest university in Spain. Acknowledged by Pope Alexander IV to be one of the four great universities in the world, it stands in the company of the universities of Bologna, Oxford, and Paris. In 1492, King Ferdinand sought advice from Universidad de Salamanca leaders regarding the exploration venture of Christopher Columbus.

One enters the University through the Patio de las Escuelas. It features the faces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel, and the walls are marked with the legacy of students, who, upon graduation, have written their initials in an ink of bull’s blood, olive oil, and herbs. Legend has it that there is a frog hidden in the sandstone carvings, and if one finds it, it brings good luck! Inside is the Escuelas Menores building, which houses the department for visiting students.

Salamanca is considered one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe. It is located in central Spain, amidst a landscape strewn with battlefields and castles, in an area where the kingdoms of Castilla and Aragón first unified Spain. From these roots, “Castellano,” or “Spanish,” became dominant throughout Spain. Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor is said to be the most beautiful plaza in Spain. Throughout the centuries, the sandstone buildings have gained an exquisite golden glow that has given Salamanca the nickname “la Ciudad Dorada” – the Golden City. The

Other Programs in Salamanca:


  • Universidad de Salamanca Hispanic Studies: This program is geared toward advanced level Spanish speakers who want to study abroad in Salamanca. It provides advanced grammar and language instruction, while allowing students to choose from several cultural electives. Students must have taken four to five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent for admission. Students take 4-5 courses per semester, and each course is equivalent to three semester credits. Students in this program are encouraged to study for the full academic year. Students who complete the Academic Year program receive the Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos.


  • Universidad de Salamanca International Studies & Business: This program offers language and culture electives in Spanish for students at the intermediate, advanced and superior levels of Spanish who want to study abroad in Salamanca. Students with no previous Spanish study are welcome to enroll in the different classes taught in English, which include courses in business. Classes conducted in Spanish are not available at beginning level. Spanish Language is the only class conducted in Spanish offered at a low Intermediate level. High Intermediate, Advanced and Superior students can choose among all the different elective classes conducted in Spanish.All classes are equivalent to three U.S. semester credits. Students choose 4-5 classes per semester.


  • Universidad de Salamanca Integrated Studies With Spaniards: The Integrated Studies with Spaniards Program (PEI) offers fluent (or near native) Spanish speakers who wish to study abroad in Salamanca the opportunity to enroll directly in classes with Spaniards. This program is a great opportunity for the motivated, superior level Spanish speaker who wants to study abroad with complete immersion. The University of Salamanca welcomes foreign students into this program who meet the following requirements: completion of a minimum of 5 semesters minimum of college level Spanish (or the equivalent proficiency) for admission; current enrollment in an American university; completion of a minimum of two and a maximum of six classes per semester.


  • Universidad de Salamanca Medical and Health Program: This program is aimed at students who wish to pursue the study of health sciences (medicine, nursing, health management, pharmacology, biology, etc) while studying abroad in Salamanca. Students will choose a minimum of two out of the five health-related subjects (conducted in English), and then may take up to two additional courses from the health-related subjects OR up to two additional courses from the International Studies or Integrated Studies with Spaniards programs.



  • Universidad De Salamanca Intensive Two Week, Three Week & Month: Intensive two-week, three-week and month-long courses in Spanish language and culture are available throughout the year for those who want to study abroad in Salamanca on a short term program. Most students choose to fly into Madrid Barajas International Airport and travel independently by bus to Salamanca. Ground transportation to/ from Madrid is not included in the program fee unless the student selects a program in September or January, but it can be arranged at an additional cost.   ONLY January and September programs include airport reception and an orientation program in Madrid in the program fee.


  • Universidad De Salamanca Spanish Language & Culture Summer: This is the perfect summer option for those who want to study abroad in Salamanca. Classes are taught at the beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior levels. Level of study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Salamanca. This is a concentrated language and culture program for students at all levels that focuses on grammar, conversation, and Spanish culture. Beginning level students focus on developing their oral and written proficiency, and intermediate, advanced and superior level students choose from a wide selection of Spanish culture course options. Language classes have a maximum of 15 students per class.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Health Sciences General
  • Health Professions
  • International Relations
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • History
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Year Founded:
1997
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API / Academic Programs International Scholarships

The API regional scholarships (Asia/Middle East, Europe, Latin America) provide awards that range from $250 to $800 per session. All API students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is both need and merit-based. We will review your academic record, essays and financial need as stated in your own words. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

$250-$800

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
3.0+ GPA, Letter of recommendation, two essays,

API is pleased to support students who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. The First Generation Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 per session and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher Be a first-generation college student (i.e., parents and grandparents did not attend a college or university). Show financial need. Letter of recommendation, two essays,

This scholarship is offered to API participants who attend a community college in the U.S., and awards range from $250 to $750 per session.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Letter of recommendation, two essays,

The API STEM scholarship is offered for API participants who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The API STEM Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Major in an area classified as a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). Special consideration will be given to students who are taking courses related to their major while abroad. Show financial need. Letter of recommendation Two essays

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API for a study abroad program, or up to $500 in matching contributions from API for an intern abroad program. To receive this award, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program.

Up to $1,000

Deadlines:
See Gilman deadlines in link below.

Guidelines/Requirements:
See Gilman requirements in link below.

API is proud to provide a diversity scholarship in order to support students from a variety of backgrounds. The API Diversity Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, or summer students. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student. Letter of recommendation Two essays

It is not an easy task to juggle the demands of college athletics with academic responsibilities while pursuing other interests on campus. API supports both current and college-bound student-athletes participating on our programs. We welcome student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA to apply.

$250- $750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Only for student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Students applying must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and submit a letter of recommendation and two essays.

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