The University of Salamanca is a state institution that operates under the jurisdiction of Spain's Ministry of Education and Science. Founded in 1218 by Alfonso IX of León, it is the oldest university in Spain. Some of the greatest names in Spanish literature and humanism appear on the university's list of past students and professors. Fray Luis de León, Antonio de Nebrija and Miguel de Unamuno are among the great figures who taught at the university. The Universidad de Salamanca continues this tradition of excellence to this day with a highly distinguished faculty doing research in 53 departments. The university is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).
The university's 30,500 students have the opportunity to receive degrees in 53 different areas of specialty. In addition, 6,500 foreign students from all over the world take language and culture classes or classes with Spaniards. To further their studies, all students have access to the library within their department as well as to the Santa María de los Angeles Library and the General Library. These extraordinary libraries beckon scholars from around the world. For extracurricular activities the Universidad de Salamanca offers the Juan del Enzina Theater, an art gallery, a choir, and an orchestra. On the weekends, many students take advantage of these opportunities in Salamanca. ISA students are able to take Universidad de Salamanca summer courses as well as semester, trimester, academic year, J-term or intensive month courses.
The University of Salamanca's Cursos Internacionales department (est. 1929) has for decades, set the standard for the offering of Spanish language and culture courses for foreign students. No U.S. organization enrolls more U.S. students in Cursos Internacionales than does ISA. The relationship between ISA and the Cursos Internacionales department is one of ISA's most valued institutional relationships. Approximately 40% of the students enrolled in the Cursos Internacionales department throughout the year are from North America. The University of Salamanca is ranked in the top 500 universities in the world overall and in the top 175 departments of Arts and Humanities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.
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