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Founded in 1218 by King Alfonso IX of León, the University of Salamanca quickly became a leading center of Spanish intellectual life and shared with the universities of Bologna, Paris, and Oxford the highest academic distinction during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Today, with its large international student body, its distinguished faculty, and its broad curricula, the University of Salamanca - the oldest in Spain - continues its longstanding tradition of academic excellence. Capital of its province, the city of Salamanca is located approximately two hours west of Madrid. Home to many museums, historic buildings, cafés, restaurants, and clubs, Salamanca has something for everyone.
This program offers courses in Spanish language (advanced), art history, and Spanish culture. In addition to IES Study Center courses, students may enroll in classes at the University of Salamanca and at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca. The fourth oldest university in Europe, UPS is a private institution and offers relatively small class sizes. Salamanca students will have access to courses in Psychology, Journalism, Religion, and Communications, and may have the option to enroll in additional disciplines. For more information about the range of courses offered on this program, visit the IES website.
You must take at least 15 credits on this program (per IES requirements). Students planning to fulfill any requirements for the Spanish Minor are advised to obtain course approval from the adviser for Spanish Minors. This program includes a mid-semester break, Semana Santa, a time where participants can observe the celebrations that encompass the whole of the country.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. Students will take 16 credits per semester.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Salamanca Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live either in a homestay where all meals will be provided, or in a residence hall where you will recevie 7 meals per week and will be responsible for providing the remainder of your meals. NOTE: Additional costs will be incurred for students staying in residence halls.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid, scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
IES Public School Grant
As a Penn State student, you will automatically be awarded a $1500 Public School Grant for this program. IES has created this award to make their programs more affordable to you. This award has ALREADY been calculated into the above Budget Sheet.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program. For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
1 academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.
Dates / Deadlines:
NOTE: Students enrolled in Partner University courses (University of Salamanca or Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca) are required to take early university exams from December 13-December 20 and depart IES Abroad housing the day after their last final exam. It is recommended that students purchase airline tickets with open-ended or flexible return date policies.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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