Health & Medical Sciences
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).
Fall 5 2019
Sep 25, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019
Jun 10, 2019
180 - 225 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
- This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.
Pursue coursework in health communication, bioethics, and human biology while advancing your studies of the Spanish language in this fall semester program. All courses are instructed by Universidad de Salamanca faculty and are held with international students, the majority of whom are North American. Health and science courses are instructed primarily in English with some options in Spanish.
You may opt to take a combination of courses from the Health & Medical Sciences program and courses from the ISA Salamanca Business, Cultural Studies & Spanish program. Students who select this option must take at least two courses from the Health & Medical Sciences program.
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.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
Spanish Visa Support
180 - 225
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 15
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 22
- You may select 4 or 5 courses from the lists below in the areas of Health & Medical Sciences and Spanish Language and Culture. You may also opt to take courses from the "Business, Cultural Studies & Spanish" program. If you choose this option, you must take at least 2 courses from the Health & Medical Sciences curriculum.
Health Communication Course Note
- Please note that the Health Communication course is offered in both English and Spanish (advanced level). You may select either course option, but not both.
Language Placement Exam
- Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidad de Salamanca. Please note that 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 Spanish 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 your 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.
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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Support & Funding
Carmen Abanades Cruz
Resident Director, Spain
Beatriz de Miguel Martín
Student Services, Spain
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.View all Funding Options
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.
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.
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.
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.
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