The golden-hued city of Salamanca sits in Spain’s north-western corner, in the autonomous community of Castile y León. Beautiful architecture, including two striking cathedrals and the famous Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells), line the narrow, winding streets of the old town, which in 1988 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the most important seats of Spanish learning, Salamanca is the perfect choice of location for your Spanish course. Home to the oldest university in Spain (and one of the oldest in Europe), Salamanca, although a relatively small city, has a large student population. This means that, as well as being a historic city, Salamanca also has a very youthful atmosphere. It also means that Salamanca has been home to many of Spain’s most prolific poets, authors and philosophers.
Salamanca is always a very popular choice amongst students learning Spanish, as it is reputed that Salamantinos speak Spanish with the ‘purest’ accent. Of course, it is from this region that ‘Castilian’ originates and most foreigners do tend to find the accent here very easy to understand.
Due to the popularity of this location amongst our students, we actually have two schools here. There is nothing to separate them in terms of professionalism or quality of teaching, although they do offer slightly different course and accommodation options. Please read on for further information about our Salamanca school, or view our page on our Salamanca (Premium) school.
Our school in Salamanca
Our school in Salamanca is ideally located in the city centre, less than 5 minutes’ walk from both the old town and Plaza Mayor, the city’s focal point. In a pedestrianised zone, the school is housed in a four-storey building which offers excellent facilties for students, including 32 classrooms (20 of which have interactive whiteboards), language laboratories, computer rooms (and WiFi throughout), meeting rooms, assembly hall, student common rooms, a library and even a gym! The school building has both central heating and air-conditioning, ensuring that you will be comfortable whatever the season.
Courses in Salamanca
There is an exceptional range of Spanish course options available at our school in Salamanca. The most popular option is the ‘Intensive’ course of 20 group lessons per week. This course is a fantastic option if you are looking to improve your overall level of Spanish whilst also having plenty of time to explore the city and testing out your Spanish skills on the locals! This course option will mean that you have 4 lessons per day from Monday to Friday. Alternatively, if you want to progress just that little bit quicker, you may like to consider the ‘Super-Intensive’ course of 25 lessons per week, or the ‘Mini-Group’ course of 20 lessons per week in groups of no more than 6 students (the maximum class size for all other courses is 12 students).
We also offer ‘Exam Preparation’ courses for the DELE exams and an ‘A-level Revision’ course which is suitable for students preparing for the A-level, International Baccalaureate or Irish Leaving Certificate exams. You can even choose to add the ‘Business’ course to some group lessons to prepare yourself for the Chamber of Commerce exams (CAMA).
We even offer courses for non-native teachers of Spanish! Our ‘Spanish for Teachers’ course will not only improve fluency but also covers the methodology and practicalities of teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
Finally, we also offer an ‘Academic Year’ course, which is a 40 week course designed for students who wish to reach a very high level of Spanish and be able to communicate easily in all aspects of daily life. Most students start this course on the first Monday in September and finish in mid-June, after taking a 2 week break over the Christmas period. For the first 23 weeks students will have 25 lessons per week. The following 12 weeks will consist of 20 lessons per week focusing on preparation for the DELE exam (the exam itself is optional and the fee is not included in the course price). For the final two weeks students will have 10 lessons per week, when they will focus on preparing for the Chamber of Commerce exam (again, the exam itself is optional and, therefore, the exam fee is not included in the course price).
All accommodation is centrally located and should be no more than 15 minutes’ walk from the school. Generally, the accommodation will be available to you from 14.00 on the Sunday before the course starts until 22.00 on the Saturday after the course finishes (extra nights may be available upon request).
To achieve full immersion in the Spanish language, as well as the culture, we would recommend host family accommodation. This will allow you to speak in Spanish with native speakers on an everyday basis and you will be surprised at the amount of vocabulary that you pick up, as well as the confidence that regular speaking practice should give you! This accommodation option is offered on a half or full board basis.
We do realise that staying with a host family is not everyone’s preference and, therefore, we do also have other accommodation options available.
If you do wish to stay on a half or full board basis with other students rather than with a host family, you may like to consider staying in student residence accommodation. In Salamanca, this is university halls of residence and so, whilst it is comfortable, it is also fairly basic and is generally recommended for students in their twenties. During the academic year, most of the residents will be Spanish, whereas in the summer months it is likely to be almost exclusively international students staying here. You will have your own room and will share the other facilities (i.e. bathrooms and communal areas) with the other residents.
If you would prefer to self-cater and stay with other international students, you may like to consider shared apartment accommodation. Again, this accommodation type is generally comfortable but basic and, therefore, is most popular amongst students in their twenties. You will have your own room (unless you choose to share with another student) and will share the other facilities (i.e. kitchen, bathroom and general living area) with your flatmates.
Finally, if you would like to stay more independently, we can also arrange studio apartment accommodation.
Our school in Salamanca offers regular activities, to help you to make the most of your time in the city! From guided tours of the city to dance, cookery or even Spanish guitar lessons, the range of activities offered means that there is sure to be something to interest you. All activities are completely optional and may incur a small additional charge payable directly to the school (to cover costs such as transport and entrance fees). Please note that, as is the case at any of our schools, there is usually a minimum number of participants required to run the activities.
How to get there
Most students fly into Madrid Airport, although it is also possible to fly into Valladolid. From either of these airports you can take a train or bus to Salamanca.
Location of our school in Salamanca
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