Study in Spain!
Since 1987, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has provided college students in the United States and Canada the opportunity to explore the world. A primary objective of all ISA programs is to facilitate the learning and development of students. We rely on host universities to provide quality instruction in the classroom, but ISA is the main facilitator of learning outside of the classroom.
LocationsSalamanca, Spain (pop. 156,000) is described by many as the ideal study abroad location because of the outstanding academic possibilities at the Universidad de Salamanca, assorted cultural opportunities, and proximity to the capital city of Madrid. It is one of the most magnificent renaissance cities in all of Europe. Salamanca was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and a European City of Culture in 2002. The city is small enough to navigate by foot, allowing you to gain an intimate understanding of the local landscape and culture. Sandstone colored buildings fill the city, earning Salamanca the nickname of La Ciudad Dorada (The Golden City). This program accommodates students at all levels of Spanish proficiency. Beginning level courses focus solely on language acquisition while intermediate, advanced, and superior level courses expand on Spanish culture, in addition to grammar. Classes are taught in Spanish by host university faculty and students are in class with international students.
Academic CalendarLanguage and Culture
- Fall Semester: Late September to Mid December (students can add an intensive month program from Early September to Late September)
- Spring Semester: Early January to Late March or Late March to Mid June (students can add an intensive month program: Early February to Late February or Late March to Early May)
- Fall Semester: Mid September to Mid December
- Spring Semester: Late January to Mid May
- Fall Semester: Mid September to Mid December
ISA students stay in homestays or student residences with international and Spanish students. All ISA housing options are either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transportation. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. For more information please visit the ISA Salamanca webpage.
The cost of housing will be included in the invoice that ISA sends to Appalachian and students will be billed through their Appalachian term bill.
Program CostsStudents participating on ISA programs will be billed through Appalachian the ISA program cost. This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad. In addition to the ISA costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Paid to Appalachian State
|1ISA Program Fee||See ISA Page|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
|Intl Health Development Fee||$60|
2The 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
|ISA Application Fee||$95|
|Airfare||$1200 - $1800|
|Meals||$200 - $1500|
|1Personal Expenses||$1200 - $2000|
|Books and Materials||$200 - $400|
|Local Transportation||$150 - $300|
|2Visa (for US Citizens)||$160|
|Travel to Consulate for Visa||$100 - $300|
|3US Based Health Insurance||Varies|
|4Personal Travel and Spending||$1200 - $2000|
2US citizens participating on the Language & Culture program for 3 months or less will not need a visa.
3Students 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.
4Personal 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.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
ISA offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.
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.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Students who would like to study abroad for a semester or trimester in Salamanca have several options. Semester program options in Salamanca are: Linguistics, Literature, Translation & Other Courses with Locals; Business & Spanish Language; and Liberal Arts & Spanish Language. Students with a superior Spanish language level may enroll in the Linguistics, Literature, Translation & Other Courses with Locals program. The Business & Spanish Language and Liberal Arts & Spanish Language programs are open to students at the beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior Spanish language levels. There is one trimester program in Salamanca: Spanish Language & Culture. This program is open to students at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, and superior Spanish language levels.
For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the ISA Salamanca website.
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 ISA Salamanca program will normally take a total of 12-15 credits. 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 ApplyApplications 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.
Students applying to an ISA program should complete the ISA application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Fall Semester||2020||02/17/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring Semester||2021||09/15/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** 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.