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  • Locations: Salamanca, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: Spanish
Fields of Study: Culture, Spanish Housing Options: Student Residence/ On Campus
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Centro Fray Luis de Leon University of Salamanca

Brief Program Description


The academic course work at the University of Salamanca for 2014 are four, six or eight week modules in July and August. Trimester and full academic year is also available.


The program is meant to provide students with an "immersion" of Spanish language and culture. An attempt will be made to strike a balance between academics and the sheer experience of absorbing a culture through being there. Every aspect of the program will expose students to different `faces' of Spanish culture, especially on the excursions to neighboring cities. Students are expected to speak Spanish at all times and to venture out and practice it in everyday situations. Generally speaking, the Spanish people are very friendly and are deeply flattered when international students make a real effort to learn their language and culture. You will get out of the program only as much as YOU put into it. Students are expected to maintain a serious attitude towards the academics of this program, even in the lighter aspects of the program, and to behave in way as befits an international student in a host country.


An official Transcript with certificates of achievement will be issued by the University of Salamanca upon successful completion of the language component. Students will enroll in the course Cursos de Lengua y Cultura Españolas (Spanish Language and Culture Course) which offers Spanish at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, and intensive levels. (Consult the course description section in this packet).


Students will receive their language instruction from language professors at the University of Salamanca. All of the instructors hold either Master's degrees or Ph.D's in language, coupled with ample experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. The summer school program was founded in 1929, and since then has established a distinguished reputation. All students without exception will be tested upon arrival for language competency to ensure proper placement with students at their own level.


Dr. Alberto Ferreiro, Full Professor of European History, will teach Iberian Cultures and Societies. Professor Ferreiro was born in Mexico, is a native speaker of Spanish, and was a Fulbright scholar in Spain in 1983-84 and took his Ph.D in Medieval History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research specialty, in which he has published widely, is Medieval Iberian History. He is also a Visiting Professor/ Lecturer at the University of Salamanca and Founder-Director of the Centro Fray Luis de León.


This year of 2014 we are very pleased to announce that Professor Joan Hoffman of the Western Washington University Spanish Language Department once again will be offering a literature class as an option to the History course. Syllabus will be passed out at the first class meeting. See the 'Course Description' section for more details.


This course is equivalent to a university upper division course. Applicants will receive a detailed syllabus of the course once a formal application is filled out and received.


You are required to go on the excursions to Toledo, Segovia, and Avila/Alba de Tormes, and Aveiro, Portugal are included in the program fee. The specific details for all of them will be made available upon arrival to Salamanca.


Within Salamanca, numerous cultural events are organized throughout the months of July and August. The International Courses--in cooperation with other civic institutions--organize an extensive program that includes theater, music, film series, flamenco, ballet, open air jazz concerts, and other performances that take place in the most beautiful areas of the city. University students can acquire passes at a special price for these activities, as well as for access to swimming pools. Do bring a bathing suit. You are required to attend two distinctly Spanish cultural events of your choice.


All students are required to participate in the Spanish Cooking Class that is included in the fee. There are other optional classes-not included in the fee- available such as guitar, Spanish dance, movies, and Spanish Traditional Songs. The cost of these will be available later.


You are required to attend all scheduled meetings before we leave for Spain and any that I convene in Salamanca. Those not from Seattle we will communicate by e-mail and phone.


We will be staying in a University Residency (dorm). The dorm is equipped with all modern amenities. Rooms have private bath, study desks and a cleaning crew thay will daily make your bed, mop, and dust. There are meeting rooms, study rooms, TV rooms, and wireless web connection. At extra cost there are also available single rooms. Students do not have to bring pillows, towels or any bedding.


The deadline for application in any given year is MARCH 1, with a $300.00 deposit made out to Centro Fray Luis de León. Also, be sure to observe the payment schedule as responsibly as possible. Delinquency in the payments creates for us enormous obstacles.

Application to the program does not mean automatic acceptance. You will be notified within a few days of receipt of the full application whether you are accepted into the program. The director reserves the right at anytime to withdraw a student from the program.

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Program Administration:
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I never got sick or needed medical care, but I always felt very safe and knew that if I did get ill, I would be well taken care of and would have access to actual doctors and medicine at the local hospital.
     — Melissa Luper, Summer 2015
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