Emory Spain Programs

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The Emory Salamanca Program is recommended for students from all majors who are interested in improving or acquiring Spanish language skills while learning about Spanish Culture. This program is open to students of all levels of Spanish proficiency.  
Beginning and intermediate level courses will focus on language acquisition and culture courses. Classes are with Emory students and international students. Advanced courses are taught by faculty of the University of Salamanca and classes are with native Spanish-speaking students. Students can study for a full semester (Fall or Spring) or a full academic year (Fall + Spring).

The Emory Salamanca Program enables students to:

  • Experience Spanish language and culture through immersion in everyday Spanish life
  • Study Spanish language, society and culture in a wide range of academic courses (including many which satisfy GERs)
  • Fulfill the language requirement in one semester
  • Complete survey courses for the Spanish major/minor (SPAN 302)
  • Enroll in 400-level seminar courses to fulfill major/minor requirements in both Spanish and other departments
  • Participate in Health Sciences Track in the fall semester (including SPAN 217 Medical Spanish and/or BIO 485/SOC 389 Comparative Healthcare Seminar )
  • Enroll in select social sciences courses taught in English (ANT, PSYC, POLS, ECON, PHIL) which are preapproved by the relevant Emory departments

Application Deadlines:
Fall/Year: March 1
Spring: October 1

¡Bienvenidos a España! Emory College Study Abroad’s Spain study abroad programs offer a unique blend of academics, excursions and cultural experiences whether studying abroad for a semester, year, or summer. Our programs are administered by Emory's Department of Spanish and Portuguese in partnership with the University of Salamanca, the oldest university of Spain. With an onsite director and a dedicated classroom and study space to support Emory students, our programs can accommodate the needs of beginning, intermediate, and advanced Spanish language students.

Salamanca, Spain (pop. 150,000) 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. The city is small enough to navigate by foot, allowing you to gain an intimate understanding of the local landscape and culture. Throughout the centuries, the sandstone buildings have gained an exquisite golden glow that has given Salamanca the nickname “la Ciudad Dorada” – the Golden City. Salamanca a very young city with a wide offering of cultural activities (theater, concerts, art exhibitions, local festivals) and an active social life for students and non-students alike.

spainWhy Salamanca

  • Oldest university in Spain
  • First Spanish grammar published here
  • University town
  • One hour to Portugal
  • History lives in the city
  • International Excursions
  • Walking distance to everything in the city
  • Less than three hours from Madrid
  • Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor: One of Spain’s most beautiful!

Program Director and Program Staff

On-site program director, Carmen “Maica” Torres organizes program activities and helps all students adjust to life and study in Salamanca. Maica meets students during the program orientation session held in Madrid at the beginning of each semester, and is present all semester to organize activities and provide guidance and advice.

Orientation in Madrid and Salamanca

The program begins in Madrid, where program staff orient students to fundamentals of Spanish culture, cross-cultural communication, and academic organization. Orientation continues as the program moves to Salamanca. 

Centro de Emory

Emory maintains a permanent center in Salamanca which located in the central historic district of Salamanca, just a few steps from the entrance to the Universidad de Salamanca The Centro serves as a classroom, program meeting room, office for the Program Director, and an academic work space in which students can work on assignments, meet with tutors, and consult with the program director and staff. The center gives students a space for tutorials and consultations with the on-site director and program staff.

Weekly Activities

Regular weekly activities serve as opportunities to speak Spanish and learn about Spanish culture outside the classroom. These activities include movies, plays, concerts, museum visits and social activities (such as "tapas afternoon" or flamenco dance lessons). Activities vary with the interests of students and events scheduled in Salamanca.

Program Excursions

The Salamanca program includes extensive travel. In the past students have visited most major cities in Spain: Madrid, Valencia, Granada, Sevilla, Córdoba, Toledo, Segovia or Avila. During these excursions, which range from single-day to full-week trips, you will explore Spain's major cultural sites; the program director asks you to explore and reflect on the cultural significance of these sites and relate them to material you are studying in regular classes. You will also have time for independent travel on weekends.
During Spring semester, traditional festivals take place throughout Spain. The program usually includes visits to one or more of these and explores the roles such festivals play in modern Spanish life. Such festivals include the Festival del Toro of Ciudad Rodrigo); Las Fallas of Valencia (famous for its fireworks and the burning of giant papier maché images); Semana Santa or Holy Week, celebrated in all parts of Spain but especially Seville; and Carnavales in Sitges and Cádiz.

Intercambios (“language exchanges”)

A great way to get to know Spanish students and improve your language and cultural skills is to set up an intercambio. During an intercambio, you normally meet once or twice a week and talk in English for a half-hour and in Spanish for the second half-hour. The on-site director can orient you to ways and places to find Spaniards who might wish to participate in an intercambio with you.

Tutorial Program

If you choose to take an advanced PCI course at the Universidad de Salamanca, the program director will arrange for you to work with a tutor. The tutor will meet with you an extra hour each week to ensure your success in the course.


Students choose to contribute time to volunteer activities throughout the city. These activities often include helping teach English in primary schools.

Our faculty-led Emory Iberian Studies Program is recommended for students from all majors who are interested in improving or acquiring Spanish language skills while learning about Spanish Culture. This program is open to students of all levels of Spanish proficiency.
Beginning level courses will focus on language acquisition while intermediate and advanced level courses expand on Spanish culture, in addition to grammar. Classes are with Emory students.

The Emory Iberian Studies Program enables students to:

  • Experience Spanish language and culture through immersion in everyday Spanish life both in Seville (2 weeks) and Salamanca (4 weeks)
  • Fulfill the language requirement in just six weeks
  • Have guided visits to museums, monuments and other cultural sites in Seville and Salamanca.
  • Participate in a "tertulia". In Spanish tradition, tertulias are small conversation groups that discuss culture, art, film, television, music, business, politics, sports... or whatever your tertulia group wishes to talk about! Each tertulia will be hosted by a native speaker from Spain.
  • Have several special excursions outside of Seville and Salamanca. Past excursions have included famed Mezquita (mosque) of Cordoba, the Roman theater of Mérida, the Alcázar (castle) and old synagogue of Segovia.

Application Deadline:
Summer: March 1

Among the most valuable linguistic and cultural experiences that you will have is the opportunity to live in a Spanish home. Homestays are the norm for Spain provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture, and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students will stay in homes of Spanish families within walking distance of the school and the city center. Students will have a single room and three meals per day will be provided by the host families.
These programs are open to Emory and non-Emory students alike.

Semester Eligibility Requirements:
  • Good academic standing
  • REQUIRED minimum cumulative GPA 3.0
  • REQUIRED minimum language requirement of one year of high school Spanish or one semester of college Spanish

Summer Eligibility Requirements:

  • Good academic standing
  • REQUIRED minimum cumulative GPA 2.8
  • At least 18 years of age, currently enrolled at a college/university and must have completed a full year of college.

Program Costs:
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets for each internship site.