AIFS: Salamanca, Spain

Next Offered:  Every Fall and Spring Semester
Application Deadlines: Fall: March 14; Spring : September 10

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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 $1680 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.
  • DU students can also earn Literature, History, and Fine Arts Area Requirements (pdf) in Salamanca. Students should talk to their advisor about their plans to study abroad, and consider reserving area studies courses for their semester abroad.

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


Students must first complete the online application above. All applications are reviewed by Spanish faculty and Study Abroad. Once approved to apply, students then complete another application with AIFS. We recommend that all applicants complete their applications early. This is especially important for those who'd like assistance obtaining their visas or need special accommodations.

Cost and Financial Aid
Estimated Costs
  • Spring Semester 2020 Program fees: $15,385
  • Fees include tuition, housing and all meals (home stay), excursions, insurance, Dominican University fees, and round-trip airfare (surcharges subject to change)
  • Non-refundable application fee $95 and a non-refundable deposit of $750 is paid directly to AIFS.
  • Optional fee for Early Start Program: $1,680 (included in the above program fees)
  • Optional fees for single room ($800 for semester, $180 for Early Start)
  • Personal expenses $200 to $300/month (estimated)
  • Accommodations during spring break not included
  • Vacation travel outside group excursions additional
Scholarships and Financial Aid
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; exceptions for second semester sophomores but be approved by advisors and the Spanish faculty chair
  • Students must attend at least one information session and one orientation session.
Excursions, Housing and Transportation
Immersion and Excursions
  • Three days in London (included in flight package)
  • Three days in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Field trip to Segovia
  • Day trip to Toro and Zamora wine region
  • Opportunity to travel in a group on 4 day trips to Andalucía-Seville, Granada and Córdoba, and to Marrakech, Morocco for additional fees
  • Conversation exchanges with Spanish students
  • Volunteer work in the community
  • Extracurricular university activities, such as sports, chorus, theater, dance
  • Home stays with selected Spanish host families, double 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

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