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  • Salamanca, Spain
Why Salamanca?

As you study the human mind and behavior, what better way to learn more about yourself and others than living and learning abroad in Salamanca?

Designed for Psychology majors or minors, our Psychology Program is a collaboration between IES Abroad and the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, a prestigious university well known for its Psychology Studies. Courses will be taken at the IES Abroad Salamanca Center and Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, and will be taught in English. You’ll be able to practice your Spanish skills with a mandatory language course while in Salamanca.

What You'll Study

Salamanca and beyond will be your classroom. The program also offers a variety of cultural activities and field trips to enhance the student experience. Get involved in activities like language exchange gatherings and “escape room” with local students, open mic, movie nights, pot luck with host families, yoga workshops, salsa and flamenco dance lessons, cooking classes, paella dinner, sport events, and local theater performances that will enrich your academic experience in Salamanca. 

While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an education internship during the spring semester is even more powerful, and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. Service learning placements, which vary depending on level of Spanish, are also available in the fall semester if you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Salamanca, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From internships to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

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Why Salamanca?

As you study the human mind and behavior, what better way to learn more about yourself and others than living and learning abroad in Salamanca?

Designed for Psychology majors or minors, our Psychology Program is a collaboration between IES Abroad and the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, a prestigious university well known for its Psychology Studies. Courses will be taken at the IES Abroad Salamanca Center and Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, and will be taught in English. You’ll be able to practice your Spanish skills with a mandatory language course while in Salamanca.

What You'll Study

Salamanca and beyond will be your classroom. The program also offers a variety of cultural activities and field trips to enhance the student experience. Get involved in activities like language exchange gatherings and “escape room” with local students, open mic, movie nights, pot luck with host families, yoga workshops, salsa and flamenco dance lessons, cooking classes, paella dinner, sport events, and local theater performances that will enrich your academic experience in Salamanca. 

While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an education internship during the spring semester is even more powerful, and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. Service learning placements, which vary depending on level of Spanish, are also available in the fall semester if you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Salamanca, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From internships to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

We offer unique courses that explore Psychology, Spanish language, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You enroll in 15–19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Credits awarded for supplementary university courses vary.

Craft your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • IES Abroad Spanish language orientation course (required, 1 credit)
  • IES Abroad Spanish language course (required, 4-6 credits)
  • IES Abroad Psychology courses in English (optional, 3 credits each)
  • IES Abroad area studies courses in English (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Psychology courses at a partner university
    -Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca courses in English (optional, 3 credits)
    -Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca courses in Spanish (optional, 1.5-4 credits)
  • Education Internship placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits, Spring)
  • Service learning placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits, Fall)

*Please note that service learning placement options vary depending on level of Spanish.

Courses

Partner Institution(s)

Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA)

www.upsa.es

UPSA was originally founded in the 13th century but closed in the mid-1800s. In 1940, the school was re-established and has continued to broaden its academic offerings with new opportunities for degrees and fields of study.

Courses

The following English-taught courses in psychology are confirmed for 2018-19:

Affective and Sexual Development (Fall)

Positive Psychology: Coping Skills, Positive Emotions and Strengths of Character (Spring)

Gender, Equality and Sexuality in Spain (Semester TBD)

*Syllabi for these courses will be posted here soon.

Location & Commute Time

UPSA is five minutes away from Salamanca's historic Plaza Mayor and has numerous departments and university schools spread out among the Salamanca campus. UPSA also has departments and schools in Madrid and throughout twelve Spanish provinces.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Salamanca, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of the Iberian Peninsula. Each trip is fully or partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

Camino de Santiago
5 Days | Fall
Experience one of the oldest and most unique pilgrimage routes in Europe that ends at the site of the remains of St. James, one of the 12 apostles.

Sevilla & Granada
3 Days | Fall
Explore the famous cathedral in Sevilla and the Alhambra in Granada—the greatest monument of Moorish architecture in Spain.

Segovia
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Segovia is known for its Romanesque and Gothic architecture and for having one of the longest and best preserved Roman aqueducts in all of Europe.

Zamora
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Tour a winery and see the largest collection of Romanesque churches in all of Europe.

Portugal
3 Days | Spring
Visit the oldest Portuguese University in Coimbra, the monastery of Jeronimos in Lisbon, and the Basilica of Fatima.

Sanabria Lake
3 Days | Spring
Hike through this natural park with local guides and explore the history and the legend of this lake on the Helios Cousteau, the first solar-wind powered boat.

Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Salamanca is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

The program begins with a mandatory orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Salamanca staff, your fellow students, and the city of Salamanca. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time.

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

You will participate in a one-credit Spanish language orientation course that includes intensive classes in Spanish conversation and colloquial usage.

Past orientation activities have included dance classes, a soccer tournament with Spanish students, and an excursion to Segovia, known for its Romanesque and Gothic architecture and for having one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in all of Europe. You also visit the charming Romanesque town of Zamora and the famous wine region of Toro. The program is designed to integrate you into every aspect of life in Salamanca.

Get to Know Your New City

Spot the Frog at the University of Salamanca

Legend says that students who find the small frog at the entrance of the University among the heroes, legends, and coats of arms will pass their exams and get good grades easily!

Visit Plaza Mayor

Grab a café con leche and people watch in this enchanting public square.

Tour the Cathedrals of Salamanca

Plan to spend some time exploring these massive, architecturally impressive cathedrals. Be sure to do the Ieronimus tower tour to see spectacular views of the city.

Unwind at Casa de las Conchas

This architectural gem is also a public library! Come for a unique place to study, or just relax in the courtyard.

Explore Casa Lis (Art Nouveau & Art Deco Museum)

The building is just as beautiful as the extraordinary works of art inside.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Salamanca, it will feel like home.

*Homestays – The homestay option for this program is only available for students who petition for this or need this option because it is mandatory for their home school. Otherwise, housing will be in the university residence hall.

Residence Halls – All rooms are singles with an en-suite bathroom and a shared kitchenette. The residence hall features a weight room, laundry facilities, computer lab, study area, and game room. IES Abroad provides you with 14 meals per week. You'll receive a meal card to use in various university dining halls. Placement in the residence hall is limited.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Salamanca through our cultural events, such as:

  • Local gastronomy outings
  • Spanish films, theater productions, concerts, and art exhibits
  • Spanish cooking classes
  • Guest lectures and cultural events sponsored by IES Abroad

Orientation Leaders and Mentors
Participate in activities organized by Spanish volunteer students from our partner universities. Whether it's an international potluck, a pickup game of soccer, or a tour of the city's best restaurants you will gain a unique perspective into student life in Salamanca and create lifelong friendships.

University Clubs & Events
Involvement in sporting clubs and student societies can be a great opportunity to meet local students. Club and event availability for IES Abroad students at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca varies each semester; during your orientation, you will learn about the different opportunities available during your semester in Salamanca.

Program Cost

Fees coming soon.

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.