ISA Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

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ISA established its first study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain, in 1987. Salamanca, Spain (pop. 156,000) is described by many as the ideal study abroad location because of the outstanding academic possibilities at the Universidad de Salamanca... read more

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I learned a lot more Spanish grammar. I feel it was taught in a way that I have never learned before and it was refreshing to see it from a new perspective. I learned about it Spain and Europe in general. I learned how to be independent more and meeting new people outside of the U.S was really cool. Yes, it was worthwhile. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain
I gained cultural awareness and learned different from a different perspective, culture, and tradition. Yes it was very worthwhile - Xavier University of Louisiana View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain
It was absolutely worthwhile. There is a lot you learn about yourself during an experience like this, which for a lot of young adults helps shape who they want to be. - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
Other countries work far differently than the US. It was worthwhile. - Frostburg State University View Entire Review
Past Review A Dream!
- best experience of my life -perspective on life changed -have the ability to live simplier (or out of a backpack for weekend trips) -importance of studying languages -appreciation for everything at home the list can go on and on - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
I learned so much Spanish and I learned to really love the culture. I loved my time abroad and I miss it everyday. I want to go back to visit soon. - Bethel University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Salamanca - Business, Hispanic Studies & Spanish Language
Language proficiency/experience. An appreciation of different cultures and the similarities we all share. A sense of being "out of pocket" which everyone should experience. Definitely worthwhile! - University of Texas - Arlington View Entire Review
Past Review Viva España!
A sense of independence, knowledge of my place in the world, perspective on politics, culture, and society. - Austin College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Salamanca - Business & Liberal Arts
I definitely improved my Spanish, which is a big plus. I am no where near fluent, but Im still working on it. I do believe the trip was worth while! It actually made me grow as a person. - University of Florida View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was awesome! In the future though, I would pick a location that has more nature, as Salamanca was a very city-oriented place. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I needed it for a graduation requirement, so yes, in that sense it did everything I needed. I wouldn't go back with ISA, or go anywhere else with ISA. The only travel-abroad program I have ever attended and liked, consistently, was EF tours. Spain is still reeling from their Franco-era baggage, which makes traveling there outs... - University of Maryland - Baltimore County View Entire Review
Yes, but I would have chosen a more private and smaller program with less students all from the same school, and more opportunities for immersion in the language. - Ohio State University - Columbus View Entire Review
Yes, my experience was worthwhile. I feel more worldly after my time abroad. Experiences abroad have encouraged my future plans to travel the world. - Luther College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain
Many of the things I gained are intangible. More confidence, more self-assurance, more respect for myself and my capabilities, the list goes on. Not only did it change my view of myself and made me better, it was a blessing toward my language skills! Am I fluent? Of course not, but now I know that if I keep working my goal of be... - University of Southern Indiana View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain
I gained valuable experience of a new cultural perspective. The life of a Salamanca student. The way they approach religion. - Xavier University of Louisiana View Entire Review
Cultural awareness, strong and lasting friendships, language fluency - Washington State University - Pullman campus View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the culture and history of Spain, which I knew very little about prior to the program. I also was able to greatly improve my Spanish grammar and vocal skills. I was able to become comfortable getting around Salamanca with ease to the point that it became my home rather than just a place I was staying and st... - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Past Review Looking Back
I learned a ton of things and it was very worthwhile. I wouldn't trade it for the world, but I would def go to a different place next time. - University of Texas - Arlington View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Salamanca - Business, Hispanic Studies & Spanish Language
I learned how to live independently and communicate more effectively. I feel living abroad was extremely beneficial and has shaped who I am today. - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Salamanca - Business, Hispanic Studies & Spanish Language
I improved my Spanish to a great extent. It was definitely worthwhile, and I'm SO glad I had this experience! - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I met lifelong friends and became fluent in Spanish. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile. I learned first hand about a culture and a country. I met new friends who are amazing. I saw things that previously I have only read about or seen in pictures. I was 6,000 miles from home and I was able to live without influences from family and old friends. I discovered who I am. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Salamanca - Business & Liberal Arts
Study abroad made me more determined than ever to travel once I graduate. I loved Salamanca and want to go back, possibly to stay there for a few years. I loved learning about a new culture that had so many similarities (like school, work) and differences (like no sweet potato! and a lot more walking) - Castleton State University View Entire Review
I am now a missionary in Honduras. My time in Spain helped me realize all of the challenges I would face in adapting to a new culture. The language side of my study greatly aided my transition as I am able to communicate fairly well. I am so glad that I chose to study abroad and would recommend it to anyone. I'm still great fr... - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Salamanca - Business, Hispanic Studies & Spanish Language
My experience in Spain was awesome, my roommate and I went to the same high school and due to this trip have planned a trip across much of Europe next summer. This trip really opens up the possibilities the world has to offer. To anyone considering traveling abroad, DO IT! It is an experience that is definitely worthwhile. - Northern Arizona University View Entire Review

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established its first study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain, in 1987. Salamanca, Spain (pop. 156,000) is described by many as the ideal study abroad location because of the outstanding academic possibilities at the Universidad de Salamanca, assorted cultural opportunities, and proximity to the capital city of Madrid. It is one of the most magnificent renaissance cities in all of Europe. Salamanca was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and a European City of Culture in 2002. The city is small enough to navigate by foot, allowing you to gain an intimate understanding of the local landscape and culture. Sandstone colored buildings fill the city, earning Salamanca the nickname of La Ciudad Dorada (The Golden City).

TOP 10 REASONS TO STUDY ABROAD IN SALAMANCA

1. Enjoy a City of Festivals- Salamanca hosts many festivals throughout the year including Día de los Reyes Magos, Semana Santa, Corpus Christi, Feria de Salamanca and many more!

2. Buff Up On Your History - From Christopher Columbus to Lorca, the Universidad de Salamanca has housed so much history throughout its 800-year existence! As an ISA student, you will be studying within the walls of this great institution, the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest in Western Europe.

3. Get Your Green On - Join the Green Office at the Universidad de Salamanca to work on environmental and sustainable projects around Salamanca to keep your community abroad clean and green!

4. Stay Active - Take advantage of the comprehensive sports complex at the Universidad de Salamanca by using the soccer/rugby fields, tennis courts, beach volleyball, a track and the weight room.

5. Volunteer at a Local School - Integrate yourself in the Salamantino community by participating in the Salamanca Volunteer Teaching Certificate Program. Volunteer at a local public bilingual school each week and feel the reward of bettering your community abroad!

6. Walkability - Bring your walking shoes and explore the entirety of beautiful Salamanca completely by foot.

7. City of Gold - Enjoy the beauty of Salamanca's city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which shimmers in the sunlight due to being made of sandstone.

8. Tapas - Get your fill of delicious, traditional Spanish tapas at one of the many tapas restaurants throughout the city.

9. Vibrant Student Life - Enjoy all of the perks of a small city with some of the most vibrant student life in Spain.

10. The Lucky Frog - Rise up to the challenge and locate the lucky hidden frog carved into the facade of the Universidad de Salamanca. The legend says that if you find the frog, you will have good luck throughout your studies. Good luck!

ISA Salamanca offers a variety of programs that cater to students at the
beginning, intermediate, advanced, and superior Spanish language levels.



Academic Year/Semester/Trimester programs include:
 
• Business & Spanish Language


• Liberal Arts & Spanish Language


• Spanish Language & Courses with Locals


• Spanish Language & Culture

Summer program:


• Spanish Language & Culture



Summer:
• Spanish Language & Culture

J-Term:
• Spanish Language & Culture          

Intensive Month:
• Spanish Language & Culture

Gap Year:              
•  Liberal Arts & Spanish Language
•  Spanish Language & Culture

High School:
• Study Abroad in Salamanca For College Credit
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Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • January Term
  • Short Term
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1987
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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