Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a lengthy and detailed pre-departure online orientation which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Spain. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Spain, the online orientation allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Salamanca. The online orientation covers academics, culture, gender relations, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas, and numerous other details that students also learn about during their on-site orientation. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the Salamanca Site Specialist with any questions.
Students fly into Madrid where they will meet a member of the Salamanca on-site staff and the other ISA Salamanca participants. Students will participate in an orientation and several cultural activities during the two day/two night excursion in Madrid. The ISA Salamanca staff member will provide students with an introduction to Spain's history and culture while also letting students know what to expect regarding living with a homestay or in a Spanish residencia, taking classes at a Spanish university, and adjusting to life in Spain. After the initial excursions in Madrid, El Escorial, and Toledo, students depart for Salamanca where they will meet their homestay or be acquainted with their residencia. Students will then be given time to orient themselves with the city. They will also take a placement exam and register for courses at the Universidad de Salamanca during their first few days in Salamanca.
Note: not included in Intensive Month or J-Term programs.