The University of Salamanca (USAL) draws in undergraduate and graduate students not only from across Spain, but also throughout the rest of the world. It is considered to be one of the top-ranked universities in Spain based upon the number of incoming students from regionally and internationally diverse locations and is well-known for its Spanish language courses geared towards non-native speakers; these courses attract more than two thousand foreign students to Salamanca each year. Today the University of Salamanca is an important center for the study of humanities and is particularly noted for its language studies, as well as its studies in law and economics.
Salamanca is an ancient Celtic city in northwestern Spain and serves as the capital of the Province of Salamanca in the community of Castile and León. Its Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. With a metropolitan population of 228,881 in 2012 according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), Salamanca is the second most populated urban area in Castile and León. Salamanca is also considered to be one of the most important university cities in Spain as it supplies 16% of Spain's market for the teaching of the Spanish language.
Academic Year: Mid September to Mid June
Spring Semester: Early February to Mid June
For more information about the academic calendar please visit Salamanca’s website (the calendars are located under the Additional Information section).
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
$1200 - $1800
$1200 - $1800
$2500 - $3700
$5000 - $7400
Housing Deposit (Refundable)
$500 - $1200
$500 - $1200
$1200 - $2000
$2700 - $4400
$500 - $2000
$1000 - $4000
Books and Materials
$100 - $200
$200 - $400
$150 - $300
$300 - $600
4Visa (for US Citizens)
Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt
$100 - $300
$100 - $300
Spanish Health Insurance
US Based Health Insurance
6Personal Travel and Spending
$1000 - $2000
$2000 - $4000
1Housing costs will vary by housing type. Student residences provide the option of meal plans. 2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 3Students living in homestays or full board residence halls can budget less for meals. 4Visa cost estimate does not include potential travel to the Consulate. 5Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester. 6Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Spring, Academic Year.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
The Universidad de Salamanca teaches in Spanish so students should have the requisite Spanish level to take classes at USAL. To find courses offered at the University of Salamanca, students should visit the International Relations web page and then click on the Academic Guides under the Additional Information section.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Salamanca program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
Dates / Deadlines:
OIED Approval Date
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.