Business, Cultural Studies & Spanish

Universidad de Salamanca
Salamanca, Spain
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Business, Cultural Studies & Spanish

  • Location

    Salamanca

  • Host University

    Universidad de Salamanca

    The Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), founded in 1218, is the oldest university in Spain. It is world-renowned for its specialization in the teaching of the Spanish language, making it ideal for study abroad students. The university buildings are spread amidst the golden sandstone cathedrals and cobblestone streets of Salamanca--a quaint, walkable, college town. Some of the greatest names in Spanish literature and humanism appear on USAL's list of past students and professors, including Miguel de Cervantes, Antonio de Nebrija, and Miguel de Unamuno.

    USAL’s Cursos Internacionales department, established in 1929, has a large offering of Spanish language and culture courses for foreign students. ISA students in Salamanca can take courses in English and Spanish with other international students through Cursos Internacionales or with local students in regular degree programs at the university. USAL is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).

  • Term

    Fall 2SL 2019

  • Program Dates

    Sep 25, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Jun 10, 2019

  • Credit

    180 - 225 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $12,850

  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

This program is open to students at all language levels and offers courses instructed in Spanish and English by faculty from the Universidad de Salamanca. There are two "tracks" for this program:

Track A: Business & Spanish Language
Track A offers a range of business courses instructed in English as well as Spanish language courses. You are required to take two courses from the Business & Spanish Language Core Business Curriculum (meaning you must enroll in at least one course in English). The other two or three courses you select may also come from the Core Business Curriculum and/or the Cultural Studies course selections (Track B).

Track B: Cultural Studies & Spanish Language

Track B offers courses in Spanish and English in a variety of cultural topics as well as Spanish language courses. All Spanish courses, aside from Spanish language, are taught at the advanced level but are open to students at the intermediate level and above. Students who plan to take courses in Spanish only should select this track, as there are no required courses taught in English.


A Spanish student visa is required for programs over 90 days and obtaining one may require out of state travel. Please contact your Site Specialist for more information pertaining to the process of acquiring a Spanish student visa.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

 

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Spanish Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

180 - 225

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 22

Academic Information

Course Selection - Track A (Business & Spanish Language)

  • You will enroll in four or five courses. In Track A you are required to take two courses from the Core Business Curriculum (meaning, you must enroll in at least one course in English).
  • You then have the option of taking your remaining two or three courses from Spanish Language, Conversation & Composition, the Core Business Curriculum, and/or from the Cultural Studies course selections (Track B).

Course Selection - Track B (Cultural Studies & Spanish)

  • You will enroll in four or five courses. You can select from the Cultural Studies course offerings, which include courses in Spanish in the areas of language, culture, literature and history.
  • All courses in Spanish are taught at the advanced language level, but are open to students at the intermediate level and above.

Please note that Track B students may select the following three courses from Track A's Core Business Curriculum:

1. Economics/Political Science: Current Spain
2. Economics/Political Science: European Union
3. International Marketing

Language Requirement Policy

  • If you have not completed one semester/quarter of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, you MUST choose Spanish Language as one of your courses.

Language Placement Exam

  • Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidad de Salamanca. Your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university.
  • If you are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning, we strongly suggest that you prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

Course Credit & Transcript Information

  • Transfer credit is ultimately determined by the student's home university.
  • The transcript from the Universidad de Salamanca will reflect Contact Hours. Please be in touch with your home university to request approval of transfer credit for this program.

Courses

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Universidad de Salamanca
Spanish Language, Conversation & Composition (Tracks A and B)
TRACK A: Business & Spanish Language
Students who select "Track A" are required to take at least two (2) courses from the Business & Spanish Language Core Business Curriculum. Students then have the option of taking their remaining two or three courses from Spanish Language, Conversation & Composition, the Core Business Curriculum, and/or from the Cultural Studies course selections (Track B).
CORE BUSINESS CURRICULUM - TAUGHT IN ENGLISH
CORE BUSINESS CURRICULUM - TAUGHT IN SPANISH (Intermediate/Advanced/Superior)
TRACK B: Cultural Studies & Spanish
TAUGHT IN ENGLISH
45 Contact Hours
TAUGHT IN SPANISH
All Track B courses taught in Spanish are instructed at the Advanced level, but they are open to students at the Intermediate level and above.
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Jenna Tantillo

Program Manager, Spain

SALAMANCA TEAM

Carmen Abanades Cruz

Resident Director, Spain

Beatriz de Miguel Martín

Student Services, Spain

Cristina Zhang

Student Services, Spain

Juan Eguiluz Pacheco

ISA Academic Director, Spain

Natalia Serradilla Lopez

Student Services, Spain

Roberto de la Calzada Cuesta

Student Services, Spain

Rodrigo de Francisco Benito

Housing Coordinator, Spain

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will have a short commute to class. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations. However, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Homestay

Homestays are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays provide three meals a day (except on ISA excursion days) and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.

Student Residence

The student residence (residencia in Spanish) is similar to a small dorm and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The residencia houses Spanish and international students, giving you the opportunity to meet Spaniards and practice your language skills. Three meals per day are included, as well as laundry service once per week. Students will share a room with another ISA student but have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room. A $500 housing deposit is required from students choosing this option. ISA may retain some, or all, of the housing deposit in the case of damage to property.

Independent Housing

You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Lisbon, Portugal

During this weekend excursion exploring Portugal's capital, you will climb to the top of the medieval Castelo de São Jorge where you will find splendid views of this coastal city. You will also visit the 16th-century Tower of Belém that protects the ornate Jerónimos Monastery and overlooks the harbor from which the great Portuguese explorers set sail.

Madrid

Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture while also being introduced to key information about health and safety through the Bridging Cultures Program. With visits to the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and more, you will be able to expand your knowledge about Spanish history, culture and politics.

Segovia

Segovia is best known for its well-preserved 2nd century Roman aqueduct and the emblematic Moorish-style fortress (Alcázar) where the coronation of Queen Isabella I was held. You will visit these monuments and others on a guided walking tour. On the tour, you will also have the chance to take in breathtaking views of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range

Seville

Seville is a lively yet laid-back city known for its sunny skies, bullfighting, and as at the birthplace of flamenco. You will visit the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Bell Tower, and the magnificent Royal Alcázar, whose halls and gardens you might recognize from various Game of Thrones episodes. You will visit some of Andalusia’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods where you will see a blend of architectural styles reflective of Seville’s multicultural past and the world’s largest gothic church.

Morocco * Optional

This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.