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Universidad de Salamanca


Salamanca, Spain

Location Description

Salamanca plaza

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, theMoors 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.

University Profile

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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:

  • Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
  • Fine Arts
  • Biology
  • Sciences
  • Economics & Business Administration
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Geography & History
  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Philology
  • Translation & Documentation
  • Philosophy
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Nursing & Physiotherapy

Please click here for complete listing of courses and course descriptions.


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.

Reflection Paper

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.

How to Apply

Spaces are limited. 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.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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.


Spring 2014: Feb 10 - Jun 29
Fall 2014: Sep 23 - Feb 9

(all dates are tentative and subject to change)


Tuition 4,588 11,827
Housing 3,500 3,500
Visa 160 160
Books 150 150
Personal Expenses 2,980 2,980
Airfare 1,500 1,500
Total Estimated Costs 12,878 20,117

(all fees are tentative and subject to change)