AIFS: Salamanca, Spain

Next Offered:  Spring 2019 (January 24–May 18, 2019)
Application Deadlines: Spring 2019: September 24, 2018

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Situated in the northwest corner of Castille, Salamanca is noted for its Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, as well as its lively student atmosphere. The University of Salamanca, oldest in Spain, was founded in 1218 and draws students and visitors from around the world. Dominican University has been welcomed into this area rich in traditions of the Dominican Order. Town and student life centers around the Plaza Mayor, justly called the most beautiful in Spain. Offered through the American Institute for Foreign Study Abroad.

Academic Program

Optional two-week intensive orientation course: language and civilization. Additional fee of $1245 and cost of housing and meals during this time is included in the advertised program fees. 

  • AIFS courses taught by professors from the University of Salamanca
  • University of Salamanca courses in all branches (for advanced students only)
    Students wishing to enroll in courses offered at the PEI (University of Salamanca) must have written permission from the Spanish department. Such approval does not guarantee successful completion of these courses; the approval merely attests that the student has the requisite language skills and academic background to pursue coursework at the University of Salamanca.
  • Courses available in international business and economics, education, art, history, Spanish language and literature, political science and geography
  • All courses are to be taken in Spanish. International Business (Spanish language track) and International Relations and Diplomacy (Spanish language) majors may take 2-3 courses in English. These courses must be pre-approved by the department. The remaining courses must be taken in Spanish and the language requirement (see below)  applies to these students.
  • Dominican University Area Requirements (pdf)

Currently enrolled students may not opt for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for any courses. Transcript issued by AIFS.


Completed online application deadline:

  • Spring semester: September 24, 2018

All applications are reviewed by Dominican University's International Studies Committee. 

Cost and Financial Aid
Estimated Costs
  • Spring Semester 2019 Program fees: $17,345
  • Fees include tuition, housing and all meals (home stay), excursions, Dominican University fees, and round-trip airfare (surcharges subject to change)
  • Non-refundable application fee $95 and a separate non-refundable deposit of $750 is paid directly to AIFS.
  • Optional fee for Early Start Program: $1,245 (included in the above program fees)
  • Optional fee for home stay for Preparation Program: $415 (included in the above program fees)
  • Damage deposit $250/semester (refundable)
  • Personal expenses $200 to $300/month (estimated)
  • Accommodations during spring break not included
  • Vacation travel outside group excursions additional
Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • State, federal and Dominican financial aid are applicable
  • Additional loans or the Parent Plus Loan are available to students through the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Pell Grant recipients should apply for the Gilman Scholarship 
  • AIFS scholarships for qualified students
    • Generation Study Abroad ($1,000)
    • Minority
Requirements and Eligibility
  • Open only to currently enrolled Dominican University students
  • 2.7 Dominican University GPA
  • Second-language learners must complete two semesters of Spanish at the intermediate level or above
  • Native and heritage speakers of Spanish who place into SP 231 or higher must complete only one semester of Spanish
  • Native and heritage speakers of Spanish who place below SP 231 must fulfill the same requirements as second-language learners (see above)
  • Junior/senior standing
  • Students must attend at least one information session and one orientation session.
Excursions, Housing and Transportation
Immersion and Excursions
  • Field trip to Segovia
  • Weekend trip to Madrid
  • Day trip to Toro and Zamora wine region
  • Opportunity to travel in a group to other sites in Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal, and to Marrakech, Morocco for additional fees
  • Conversation exchanges with Spanish students
  • Volunteer work in the community
  • Extra-curricular university activities, such as sports, chorus, theater, dance
  • Home stays with selected Spanish host families, single occupancy, meals included
  • Vacation periods not included
  • Round trip group flight included in program fees
  • Three-day London stopover before program begins
  • Group flight met by staff for bus transfer to Salamanca
For more information, please contact:

Alison Healy
Interim Director for Study Abroad

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