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Spanish course in Salamanca
Known as ‘La Dorada’ - ‘the Golden City’ - for the glow of its sandstone buildings under the setting sun, Salamanca is a wonderful location in which to learn Spanish. It boasts the oldest university in the Hispanic world, which was widely considered to be the ‘temple of European knowledge’ during the Spanish Golden Age. The intellectuals in the city at this time devised the first Western concepts of morality and human rights, and some of the most eminent historical figures have studied here, including Miguel Cervantes, Miguel de Unamuno, and former Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez. Many of the university’s buildings are both beautiful and iconic, and many of them can be visited all year round, including the chapel, the famous courtyard, and the Old Library - which boasts over 900,000 volumes! Despite its reputation for educational excellence, Salamanca is also home to its own brand of mysticism. A popular legend surrounds the infamous Cave of Salamanca, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the University and where the Devil is said to have taught black magic to specially selected followers. This story is so enduring in Hispanic culture that, in South America, a dark cave or a mysterious place is called ‘una Salamanca’!
Many people visit Salamanca for its history; in fact, it has so much to offer in this regard that its Old Town is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps one of the most famous attractions is the cathedral complex, since Salamanca is one of a handful of cities worldwide to boast two cathedrals! The Old Cathedral dates back to the 12th century and, though arguably not as beautiful as its more modern counterpart, it has a lot of history. One such example is the Chapel of the Oil, with its painted murals that are thought to be the oldest of their kind in Europe. The altarpiece here is also a must-see: it has 50 intricately painted tableaux lined with finely carved golden arches below a breath-taking fresco. Even more impressive, it was made in 1430 and has been lovingly preserved for nearly 600 years by the clergy. Literally next door to the Old Cathedral - they actually share a wall - is the New Cathedral, a beautiful building in Classical Plateresque style boasting the tallest bell tower in Spain. Built during the Golden Age, the New Cathedral was intended to showcase Spain’s power, wealth, and status - and it certainly still impresses! When you visit, look out for the stone astronaut on the façade - subject of many conspiracy theories, the little space explorer was added during renovations in the 1990s.
Salamanca is not just a city for history buffs, however. Though you will find stores in the Old Town, shopaholics should head outside the main centre to find the best boutiques and retailers. Foodies will love the unique Salamantine cuisine, which is rich and delicious and combines elements from northern, southern, and western Iberia. The best tapas bars are outside the main tourist track, so you’ve got even more of an excuse to explore the city! Salamanca has a truly extraordinary atmosphere: though it has all the facilities of a large city, the character of its people and the narrow streets of its centre give it a distinctly small-town feel. With average year-round temperatures of 20° - 30° C and very little rain, it’s also a delightful location for a course abroad! What’s more, the locals mostly only speak Spanish, so it’s the ideal place for maximising your immersion in the language.
Our school in Salamanca
In the commercial outer ring of Salamanca’s beautiful Old Town lies our Spanish language school. Located in a safe and interesting pedestrian area, the facility is surrounded by shops and cafes offering insight into daily life in the city. It’s also within walking distance of some of the most popular attractions Salamanca has to offer, including the famous Plaza Mayor, the focal point of the city and one of the most beautiful public squares in all of Spain. Near here you’ll also find La Clerecía, the towering former Jesuit college, with its impressive Baroque façade and its vast golden altarpiece, which was made in the 17th century. It’s worth a look even if you’re not religious! You can also walk La Clerecía’s towers for an excellent bird’s-eye view of the city.
With 11 classrooms and a maximum of 14 people per group, our Spanish language school in this area offers its students bespoke attention and expert language instruction that is tailored to their individual requirements. Established in 1991, our school has taught Spanish to international visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds for nearly 30 years. It boasts a library, a language lab for extra-curricular study, and a conference room that’s used for supplementing your linguistic and cultural learning by watching popular Spanish films. There’s also a dance studio where students learn flamenco and other national dance styles, as well as a student common room and various study areas.
Accredited by the Cervantes Institute and the National Federation of Schools of Spanish for Foreigners (FEDELE), we can guarantee that the immersive tuition here is of the highest quality. The nearest café is just next door to the school, so you won’t need to travel far for refreshments, and there’s a bus stop less than 100 metres away, so you can also easily explore other areas of the city once your lessons have finished.
Courses in Salamanca
- Intensive (20)
- Intensive + Private Lessons (25)
- Private Lessons (20)
- A-Level Revision (25)
- Academic Year (20)
- Business Course (10)
- DELE Exam Prep (20)
- Mini-Group (20)
- Teachers Course (15)
The most popular course at this school is the standard Intensive programme, which consists of 20 group lessons per week. Classes normally take place in the morning from 09:00 to 13:00, though in high season classes may also run in the afternoon. Your placement will depend on your starting ability level and the number of other students at the school; your exact timetable can therefore only be confirmed by the school on your first day. The Intensive course can also be tailored to focus on Medical Spanish or DELE preparation; please contact us for more information about these options.
If you’re looking to achieve notable progress but still want the dynamic, social aspect of group classes, we recommend booking mini-group lessons. These classes work on the same basis as the standard Intensive sessions, but have a maximum of just 6 students. The small size of these mini-group classes means that you’ll get more personal attention from the teacher than you would do in a larger group, helping you to rapidly advance your language skills.
If you want to increase the educational benefits of your programme, you can add specialised cultural classes to your Intensive course and receive 5 extra lessons each week covering communication, Spanish literature, history of Spanish art, or modern Spanish History. You can swap your additional topics each week to get a well-rounded understanding of Spanish culture.
For students who want to study specific topics, or for those who feel they need extra assistance during their studies, we recommend private tuition. On this course, you’ll receive expert tuition that can be customised to your exact requirements. You’ll have 20 one-to-one lessons per week on the standard package, but can book more if you wish. If you think that private lessons would be beneficial for you but still want to experience the social aspect of group classes, you can combine your Intensive tuition with an additional 5 one-to-one classes each week. Kindly note that afternoon sessions may clash with the activity programme.
This school also offers several specialist programmes designed for students who are studying Spanish for a particular purpose. One such programme is the Business Spanish course, which is used to prepare students for the Diploma de Español de los Negocios, a qualification that helps you to demonstrate your Spanish proficiency as it relates to commercial enterprise. You’ll have 10 lessons per week focusing on business-related terminology and practicing for the examination. You can add this course to a standard Intensive or mini-group programme to maximise the benefits of your stay. Please note that you must have B2 or higher Spanish proficiency to be eligible for this course.
Students preparing for A Level examinations can attend the school’s A Level Revision course, which is available throughout the year and consists of 25 weekly group lessons. This programme focuses on developing grammar with relation to A Level topics, consolidating the four key language skills (with specific focus on reading and listening comprehension), and deepening students’ knowledge of Spanish society. This course is also available as AP Preparation for US students.
If you’re training to be a language teacher or are an established Spanish tutor who wants to develop their pedagogical practices, you should select our Teachers’ course! This programme consists of 15 lessons per week for up to 4 weeks and provides a general overview of grammar as well as sociocultural and political subjects that are relevant to the instruction of Spanish outside Spain. The course is available throughout the year and can be combined with the standard Intensive or mini-group programme; it will help you develop your communicative approach via practice tasks and work with various academic papers.
Whichever course you select, you’ll receive a free city tour on your first day and a daily lecture or film included in the course price. Lectures cover topics such as art, history, literature, and culture. Please note: if you have no prior experience with Spanish, you will need to start your group course on a specific beginners’ date - contact us to find out more about available dates for beginners.
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- Host Family
- Shared Apartment
- Student Residence
- Studio Apartment
If you want to get the maximum benefit from your time in Salamanca, you should select homestay lodging! This option is highly recommended as it enables you to practice your language skills with your host(s), meaning you can maintain your immersion in Spanish and therefore continue to learn outside the classroom. Carefully selected native hosts offer private single or twin rooms and provide 1, 2, or 3 meals per day as part of your accommodation package. You can select a twin room even if you’re travelling alone; if you book this option, you’ll share your room with another international student of the same gender and of a similar age. Hosts all offer a comfortable and safe environment in which to stay during your language course, and they provide bed linens, towels, and a weekly laundry service. Hosts can also accommodate special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, halal, kosher, etc. You will have your own keys to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules.
If you prefer to spend your time in Salamanca with other students, the school residence is a great option. There are single and twin* rooms available on the 3rd and 4th floors of the school building that each have a television, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning. Laundry is included for students staying for 2 or more weeks. The building has a 24-hour reception desk, so there will always be someone on hand to provide assistance if needed. If the rooms in the school building are fully booked, you’ll stay in one of the school’s other residences in the city - these all have private bedrooms, a shared living area with a television and DVD player, and Wi-Fi access. In these city residences laundry is not included, though you will have laundry facilities available (or be located close to a launderette). Regardless of which residence you stay in, rooms are offered on a half-board or full-board basis, meaning you’ll have 2 or 3 meals per day as part of your lodging package. When staying in the school’s residence, meals are served in the café next door; the city residences have on-site canteens where students eat their meals. Bed linens are provided in all residences, but towels are not so you should bring your own. Students are responsible for keeping their rooms and the common areas clean and tidy.
For more independence, stay in one of the school’s shared apartments with other international students of the school. You’ll have a single or twin* bedroom, a fully-equipped kitchen with a washing machine (or access to a nearby launderette), and a lounge with a television and comfortable seating. You’ll share bathroom facilities and the other communal areas with your fellow residents. The common areas are cleaned weekly, but you are responsible for keeping your own rooms clean and tidy. Bed linen is provided but towels are not, so you should bring your own. Wi-Fi access is available in most apartments. Please note: these apartments are only available for students over the age of 18, and are not recommended for students over the age of 25 - though they are clean and comfortable, they are an economic option so are most recommended for younger students looking for a social travel experience on a budget.
We may be able to arrange accommodation in a private apartment for you (depending on availability). This is provided on a by-request basis, and the apartments available vary significantly in size, location, and cost. The prices listed on our quotation tool are based on an average estimate - if you’re interested in this lodging option, please contact us with your specific requirements so we can provide you with the relevant details and an accurate price.
The school aims to provide accommodation within 20 minutes’ walk of the school, but please note that this may not always be possible. All accommodation is available after 14:00 on the Sunday before your course starts until 10:00 on the Saturday after your course ends. We may be able to arrange extra nights in your accommodation for you if needed - please contact us about this prior to making your booking.
*Please note that twin rooms in shared apartments and the residences are only available to students travelling together. If you book one of these options and select a twin room but are travelling alone, you will be swapped to a single room. The only exception to this is in the home of a local host; if you select this option, you can choose a twin room even if you are travelling alone.
As well as tuition, our school arranges a variety of social and cultural activities that are especially designed to be entertaining and educational and to help you get to know your fellow students. Each activity is conducted in Spanish and thus helps to complement your classroom learning with experience in real-life scenarios. The school always offers 4 lectures and 1 film screening each week. Other activities are also available for an additional fee, which covers entrance and/or transportation costs. The exact schedule changes throughout the year but may include:
- Guided tours of the city
- Visits to local museums, art exhibits, and attractions
- Spanish film screenings
- Tapas ‘caminas’
- Cookery classes
- Workshops with local artisans
- Lectures on topics such as Spanish literature, art, history, and contemporary culture
- Group games like bowling or football
- Language exchange evenings with local Spanish students
- Dance classes in the school’s on-site studio
- Half- and full-day excursions to Valladolid, Sierra de Francia, and Segovia
- Plus seasonal activities as per events happening in the city during the course period
How to get there
The nearest international airport to Salamanca is Madrid Barajas. It takes around 2.5 hours to drive from the capital to Salamanca, so you should plan the times of your flights accordingly.
From here, you can either take public transport to your accommodation or we can arrange an airport transfer service for you for an additional charge. If you book this service, a driver will be waiting for you when you land and will take you directly to your accommodation; if you select this service on departure as well, you will be collected from your lodging on your last day and taken back to your chosen airport in time for your departing flight.
If you’re arriving from another Spanish city, you may be able to fly to the closer Valladolid airport. The most common flights to this location are available from Barcelona and Seville.
Students should arrange to arrive on the Sunday before their course starts and depart on the Saturday after their course finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.
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Hidden Treasure in Salamanca!There is no better place on Earth to study Spanish than in Salamanca! The city’s majestic architecture, cultural history, and linguistic purity are unique characteristics that, for me, make Salamanca a city of hidden treasure. Due to its lavishly decorated sandstone cathedrals and university buildings, Salamanca is so distinctively called La Dorada (“The Golden City”). Not only does the sun bathe Salamanca’s landmarks in resplendence right before sunset, but the city is rich with local legends and stories. I tagged along a guided tour of the city and learned about the cleverly hidden “lucky frog” (“la rana de suerte”) on the main façade of the Universidad Civil building. According to legend, university students received good luck for a year with their studies if they found the frog without help. Nowadays, tourists will gaze upward for an hour in the hopes that they find the frog and are then blessed with one year of good luck. If you go to Salamanca, this is a must-do before you leave! Read more...
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