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. The city of Salamanca is ideal for foreign students because of its beautiful setting and small size (population of approximately 170,000). 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.
The University of Salamanca 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. The student population is approximately 28,000.
Please click here for the Universidad de Salamanca's International Student Handbook (for accepted students).
Courses are taught in Spanish. Students must be proficient in the Spanish language to be eligible for this program.
Areas of study available:
Please click here for complete listing of courses and course descriptions.
Fall Semester: September 23 - February 9* (dates will be similar each year)
Application deadline: February 1
Spring Semester: February 10- June 29 (dates will be similar each year)
Application deadline: February 1 of previous year
*Please note that dates do not coincide with JMU semesters.
Exchange programs charge only regular JMU tuition, based on residency, while room and board are paid to the host institution. Students are responsible for airfare and personal expenses.
Universidad de Salamanca estimates that students would need a minimum of 700 Euros per month to cover rent, transport, board and personal expenses. All students will need to apply for a student visa before departure, and must have a medical insurance plan valid in Spain.
Students will arrange their own housing, with the help of the Student Guidance Office. Options available are on- and off-campus apartments, dormitories or homestays.
All students who participate in a JMU exchange program will be required to write a reflection paper upon completion of the program which will be available for future participants to read. Please click here to read past reflection papers from JMU students at Universidad de Salamanca.
Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and be in good standing with the university. Students must have the equivalent of 300-level of Spanish or above.
Please meet with a study abroad advisor before applying. For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Exchange Programs.
Scholarships specifically for exchange programs are sometimes available. Check our website for current offerings. Most forms of financial aid apply to the cost of study abroad programs. Students should consult with a financial aid counselor for specific information about awards and eligibility. For more information, please click on the following link to the Financial Aid & Scholarships page.