Semester in Salamanca

Location

Salamanca, Spain

Program Description

Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer, JMU’s Semester In Salamanca (SIS) program provides a rich academic and cultural program, with well-qualified, dedicated faculty from the University of Salamanca (USAL). The SIS offers students a unique educational experience that effectively combines academic work with extensive exploration of the city and around Spain. In addition to academic expectations, students are constantly engaging with the community with their home stays, school internships, exchange with Spanish students and excursions.

Salamanca, located in northwestern Spain, about two hours from Madrid, retains its enchanting medieval character. The city has been occupied by the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Vandals, the Moors and the Castilians. Hannibal, Columbus, Fray Luis de Leon, Cervantes, and Unamuno are among the famous residents of the city.

As the oldest university in Spain and third in Europe, the University of Salamanca was founded in 1218 by King Alfonso IX. Through the partnership with the USAL, JMU students have access to all support and facilities at the host university. The USAL provides all instructional faculty, classroom spaces and academic support for the program. The SIS program is one of the oldest study abroad programs for the USAL. In spring 2013, we celebrated 25 years of partnerships and collaboration.

In the Salamanca program, you will have the opportunity to experience the cultural richness of Spain, as your exposure to theatres, concerts, cinemas and other performing arts groups will unveil a new aspect of cultural learning. 

College of Education Program Spring Semester Option:

In Spring 2019, JMU will offer a Semester in Salamanca for those students interested in the study of education. This program will run concurrently with the SIS program, integrating students in all cultural activities, but offer a separate curriculum tailored to education-focused students’ academic needs and interests.

Program Dates

Spring 2018: January 11 - April 29, 2018

Summer 2018: May 10 - June 24, 2018

Fall 2018: August 30 - December 7, 2018

Spring 2019: January 17 - May 5, 2019

Director

Felix Wang, wangch@jmu.edu, 540-568-6273

Living in Salamanca

The city of Salamanca is ideal for foreign students because of its beautiful setting and small size. It is a great location to explore and experience the Spanish culture and history. Salamanca is enriched with theatres, concerts and museums that represent the cultural dimension of Spanish history.

Students will stay in homes of Spanish families within walking distance of the school and the city center. Meals and laundry service will be provided by the host families. Students will be able to learn about the Spanish way of life in an environment outside the classroom. For former students, living with Spanish families has proven to be one of the most enriching experiences of the students' semester abroad.

Students in the Education Program will be housed in local residence halls and/or apartments close to the city center and university. Students will be responsibile for their own meals, laundry, and housekeeping.

Accommodations

Students will stay in homes of Spanish families within walking distance of the school and the city center. Meals and laundry service will be provided by the host families. Students will be able to learn about the Spanish way of life in an environment outside the classroom. For former students, living with Spanish families has proven to be one of the most enriching experiences of the students' semester abroad.

College of Education Program Accommodations

Students in the Education Program will be housed in local residence halls and/or apartments close to the city center and university. Students will be responsibile for their own meals, laundry, and housekeeping.

Academics

The SIS program is designed to be a language and culture program offering students the opportunity to study in Salamanca for the Fall, Spring or Summer semester.

All students who participate in the program must meet the intermediate Spanish level before they travel. The curriculum has been created to allow students to meet specific General Education credit and earn Spanish credits toward a minor or major in Spanish. The program also meets the international travel requirement for all International Business majors. In addition, students may also choose to complete a 3-credit internship course at a local school by assisting teachers in classrooms and providing English instructions to K-12 levels.

The University of Salamanca with which the JMU program is affiliated, was established in 1218 and, through its outstanding academic and cultural programs and its superior facilities, still maintains its reputation for being the best university in Spain, as well as one of the finest in Europe, ranking among the Sorbonne, Oxford and the University of Bologna.

All of JMU's courses meet in classrooms of the university. Classes are taught by faculty of the University of Salamanca and the JMU faculty member in residence. Students are enrolled in all aspects of the academic program in the University of Salamanca and have complete access to student facilities.

-Credit Requirements

Fall/Spring = 15 credits | Summer 9 credits

-Language Requirements

Applicants are required to have completed Span 232. During fall and spring semesters, all students will take a three-credit intensive language class at the level appropriate to their needs. This requirement permits students time to adapt to the Spanish language and culture before entering the regular semester courses. All courses in Salamanca are taught in Spanish.

-Facilities

The JMU office is located in the center of the city. The office is open during the afternoons and students can use the facility to study and prepare for homework. In addition, the office is equipped with a computer lab, internet connection and travel guides.  

Office of James Madison University in Salamanca.

College of Education Program (Spring 2019):

Students in the Education Program will take 15 credits, consisting of four courses and a practicum in the local schools, under the direction of Dr. Melanie Shoffner. The curriculum is designed to meet requirements in the elementary (ELED), middle (IDLS) and secondary (MSSE) education programs but all students are welcome to apply. There is no language requirement for the Education Program. 

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For SUMMER 2018-

The SIS Program will offer a 4-Week Internship in Valencia. Spain after the program in Salamanca.

Students will have the opportunity to intern in several industries such as Business, Education, Communication, Legal, Engineering and Non-Profit.

Students will be placed in an internship site in Valencia, 5 days a week for approximately 30-40 hours a week for a total of 4 weeks.  At the end of the program, students will earn 3 credits for SPAN 490: Internship and Field Experience.

Sample Internship Placements

INTERNSHIP in Valencia, Spain | 4 WEEKS

SPAN 490

3 credits

June 24 - July 22, 2018

 

Courses

ARTH 314/SPAN 490T: Spanish Art
A study of the art and architecture of Spain from medieval times through present. Concentration on specific artists, as well as general movements in the history of Spanish art. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300. Art History 314 fulfills the requirement for General Education Cluster Two, Group Two.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SPAN 300S: Spanish Grammar and Communication
Intensive training in grammatical structures and their application to oral and written communication. Instruction is in Spanish. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 232 or equivalent.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SPAN 307S: History of Spanish Civilization
Study of Spanish life and culture from ancient time to the present. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SPAN 308S: Latin American Civilization
Study of the geographical, historical and cultural development of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring

SPAN 320S: Spanish Oral and Written Communication
Intensive training in the use of modern, everyday Spanish with emphasis on conversation and composition. Readings in Spanish will provide a context for discussion and writing. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SPAN 330S: Business Spanish
Study of commercial and technical vocabulary and trade customs in conjunction with practice in the art of commercial communication including interviews, letter writing and simultaneous interpretation. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SPAN 335S: Introduction to Spanish Literature
This course is designed to prepare students in literary analysis of the novel as well as short stories, poetry and drama. All necessary terminology will be studied. Mandatory for all Spanish majors before taking any other literature class. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SPAN 365S: Medical Spanish
This course focuses on the concepts, vocabulary and linguistic use of Spanish in the applied field of medicine for future practical application in the professional and volunteered contexts. Students will learn the cultural differences between the medical environment in the U.S. and the Hispanic countries. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SPAN 385S: Latin American Drama and Short Stories
Readings and analysis of representative plays and short stories from Latin America. Student reports on selected authors. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 335. SPAN 385S fulfills the requirement for General Education Cluster Two, Group Three.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SPAN 400S: Advanced Conversation and Composition
Discussions deal with topics of current interest. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 320.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring

SPAN 446S: Special Topics in Spanish Literature: Trabajos dirigidos
Students work of any aspect of Spanish Literature under the supervision of USAL faculty. Topics and work vary, ranging from the case study of a work, the treatment of a given topic in Spanish literature, the analysis of a literary movement, the systematic study of the author's work, or a comparative analysis of several writers. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 335.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SPAN 465S: Spanish Cinema and Literature
Studies of the structure of the cinema and its relations to literature. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 335.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring

SPAN 477: Culture and Medicine in Spain
This course enables students to acquire greater linguistic proficiency and cultural competence in the medical context through classroom discussions and reading comprehensions. Students analyze historical and contemporary medical discoveries and examine popular and religious beliefs applied to medicine in Spanish cultures. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SPAN 486: Business and Society in Spain
This course investigates several sectors of the Spanish economy, including industry and business related to agriculture, food, wine, tourism, education, retail, and manufacturing in Spain. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

POSC 371S: Comparitve Politics: Spain/United States
A comparative study of political systems in Spain and the United States. Emphasis on historical and contemporary issues. Since it is taught in Spanish, Spanish credit may also be given. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring

IDLS 486S/SPAN 490S: Internship and Field Experience
This course gives student the opportunity to integrate in the Spanish society through a JMU sponsored internship/field experience. Students will have the chance to work in local schools and local travel agency. The experience will allow students to interact with the community through conversation and their assigned responsibilities. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring

EDUC 300: Foundations of American Education
A study of the practices and issues that affect American education. Consideration is given to such topics as philosophical approaches to education, history of American education, and the organizational and cultural aspects of schools which influence educational practices. *This course is part of the Spring 2019 Education program only.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring

EDUC 310: Teaching in a Diverse Society
This course will examine how personal and professional values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors affect teaching and learning. The pre-service teachers will develop an understanding of similar unique characteristics of Pre-K to 12 grade students and their families, including culture, race, ethnicity, heritage language and learning abilities, gender socialization and sexual orientation. Corequisites: For middle education: MIED 311 and READ 312 **Elementary education students should speak to the ELED Program Coordinator about permissible course substitution.** *This course is part of the Spring 2019 Education program only.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring

MSSE 370: General Instructional Methods for Grades 6-12
This general teaching methods course provides a solid foundation for planning curriculum and instruction for middle and high school students. Topics include engaging adolescent learners, lesson design, instructional strategies and assessment models. Corequisite: For secondary education: MSSE 371 & EDUC 310. For middle education: MSSE 371. Prerequisites: For secondary education: Admission to teacher education and PSYC 16. For middle education: Admission to teacher education, EDUC 310, MIED 311 and READ 312. **Elementary education students should speak to the ELED Program Coordinator about permissible course substitution.** *This course is part of the Spring 2019 Education program only.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring

MSSE 371: Clinical Experience in Adolescent Education
Students will devote 20 hours to instruction and clinical experiences. Instruction focuses upon diverse challenges faced by adolescent learners, as well as training in skills related to lesson delivery. Clinical experiences include observation in the field, reflection, and multiple opportunities in small groups to practice the art of teaching with peer and instructor feedback. Satisfactory performance in this course is required for retention in teacher education.  Corequisites: For secondary education: MSSE 370 & EDUC 310; for middle education, MSSE 370. Prerequisites: For secondary education: PSYC 160. For middle education: EDUC 310, MIED 311 and READ 312. **Elementary education students should speak to the ELED Program Coordinator about permissible course substitution.** *This course is part of the Spring 2019 Education program only.
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring

EDUC 490: Literacy and Culture
This course examines the intersections of literacy and culture in order to explore the historical, social, political, religious and educational components of cultural identity. Students will study a variety of texts (including literature, art, music, dance, drama, film, media, architecture, handicraft, clothing, food, tradition and environment) while in Salamanca to extend, interrogate and apply their understanding of literacy and culture. A field experience extends study of through first-hand experiences with specific cultural texts and reflection on those experiences/texts. *This course is part of the Spring 2019 Education program only.
Credits: 5
Offered: Spring

Culture

Another highlight for the SIS program is the opportunity to explore different parts of Spain and other cities in Europe. From Roman ruins, religious buildings, international masterpieces to the highest peak in Spain, students have the chance to visit several major cultural and important sites that define the overall Spanish and European culture. Some of the excursions include Castilla y León (Salamanca, Segovia, Toro), Andalucía (Sevilla, Granada, Córdaba), Cantabría (Santander, Cuevas de Altamira) and Madrid. The program also travels to Paris (Fall and Spring) so students have the opportunity to experience other European cities.

Attendance at concerts, theatre and dance productions, museums and cultural events are incorporated into the semester calendar to expose students to the variety of Spanish culture.

The activities organized throughout the semester complement the material being taught in the classroom. The lectures from the classroom extend into a hands-on learning atmosphere, enriching students' knowledge of Spanish culture. Art, history and literature come alive when you can study first-hand the works that once were only names in a textbook.

During the program, students will have vacations and free weekends for travel and personal exploration at their own expense. We do encourage family and friends to join the excursions by arranging the details with the onsite director with anticipation.

Cost

Semester in Salamanca (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)

Tuition and fees for the Semester in Salamanca include full-time university tuition based on residency, room, board, and a supplemental program fee.  This combination of fees will cover full-time enrollment in classes, housing, board (most meals), excursion lodging and transportation, admissions and entry fees, books, and other program activities while abroad. 

College of Education Program
Financial support is available for any student considering education as a career path.

Fees

Virginia Resident Fall

Virginia Resident Spring

Non-Virginia Resident Fall

Non-Virginia Resident Spring

Undergraduate Tuition

$5,439

$5,439

$13,639

$13,639

Room & Board

$4,853

$4,853

$4,853

$4,853

Study Abroad Program Fee:

$5,500

$5,500

$5,500

$5,500




Semester in Salamanca Cost:

$15,792

$15,792

$23,992

$23,992

Semester in Salamanca (Summer 2017)

Tuition and fees for the Summer Semester in Salamanca include University tuition for the required number of credit hours (9 credits) based on residency and a supplemental program fee. This combination of fees will cover enrollment in classes, housing, board (most meals), excursion lodging and transportation, admissions and entry fees, books, and other program activities. 

Fees

Virginia Resident

Non-Virginia Resident

Undergraduate Tuition  (9cr)

$3,366

$8,415

Study Abroad Program Fee:

$5,200

$5,200




Semester in Salamanca Cost:

$8,566

$13,615

Internship in Valencia

Fees

Virginia Resident

Non-Virginia Resident

Undergraduate Tuition  (3cr)

$1,122 (SPAN Credit)

$2,805 (SPAN Credit)

Study Abroad Program Fee:

$1,950

$1,950




Internship in Valencia Cost:

$3,072

$4,755

 

Important Notes:

  • *COB Tuition Differential
  • Study Abroad program fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation.
  • For additional explanation of fees, see our expanded tuition and fees page.
  • Before committing to the program, be sure to consult our deposit and cancellation policies related to fee structure. 

Application Deadline

Summer 2018: Program Closed.
Fall 2018: Apply now for priority!
Spring 2019: Apply now for priority!

Application Process

For priority, students must apply by the deadline. Applications received after November 1 will be accepted on a rolling, space-available basis until the program is full.

Semester in Salamanca - Application Materials

A completed Summer, Fall or Spring Semester Abroad Program application consists of the following components:

  • General Applicant Information

  • Essay indicating the reasons for choosing this program and how the choice of courses, program structure, city, or country, relates to your past, present and future academic, career and personal goals.

  • Letter of Recommendation from a current or former JMU instructor or from your academic advisor

  • Non-JMU students are required to submit an Official Transcript from their current unversity. 

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Semester in Salamanca: Education - Application Materials

A completed Spring Semester Abroad Program application consists of the following components:

  • General Applicant Information

  • Essay indicating the reasons for choosing this program and how the choice of courses, program structure, city, or country, relates to your past, present and future academic, career and personal goals.

  • Name and contact information for oneAcademic Reference.

  • Interview with Dr. Melanie Shoffner (COE).

Semester in Salamanca: Education (Spring 2019)

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For Summer SIS students who are ALSO considering adding the 4-Week Internship in Valencia can apply with the link below

Program Dates: June 24 - July 22, 2018

Submit the supplement application materials:

  • Cover Letter: This should explain the type of internship you would like, duties you would like to get experience in, and why you want to intern abroad. This can be uploaded into your online application.

  • Resume:  Be sure to list any relevant experience! This can be uploaded into your online application.

Valencia Internship Extension
(for Semester in Salamanca students)

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Director

Felix Wang, wangch@jmu.edu, 540-568-6273

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