The University of Salamanca, founded in 1218 by King Alphonsus IX of Leon, is one of the oldest universities in Europe and has been an academic point of reference throughout its almost 800 years of existence, taking in uncountable generations of students from all parts of the globe.
The University reached its maximum splendor in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when it became the center of a worldwide debate on human rights. Its Senate argued about Columbus’s project, and once American had been discovered, it argued about the right of indigenous peoples to have their rights fully recognized. It also had among its students what were probably the first women university students in the world, one of whom was the first to teach in a university
Today the University of Salamanca upholds its academic and research excellence, and together with other European universities is in a process of adapting its teachings to the new “European Higher Education Area”, which seeks to place the student at the center of learning.
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Population: Approx. 160,000
Autonomous Community: Castile-Leon/ Castilla y León
Geography: Midwest Spain - just a few hours east of Portugal. Salamanca lies on a plateau by the Tormes River.
Climate: Cold, windy and wet winters with gorgeous, warm and sunny summers.
Average Yearly Temperature 11.6ºC (53ºF)
Local fare Cochinillo (suckling pig), chanfaina salmantina (rice, giblet, sweetbreads and chorizo), farinatos (fried sausage with egg), meat stews, almond cookies, marzipan, pinchos (bread with any variety of toppings), torrijas (sweet french toast)
•Students may choose from subjects included in the study plans of official degree programs offered at any Center of the University of Salamanca, within the established limits.
•Students should make sure the subjects they choose are taught during their period of stay in Salamanca: first semester, second semester or full academic year.
•Students may also consult the Academic Handbook of the Center in which they wish to study. This handbook provides information on subjects, time-tables, exam dates, professors’ names, etc.The Handbooks for all the Centres are updated every year and can be found on the University of Salamanca web site: http://usal.es/grados
You may reserve lodging before arrival or after having reached the city. Accommodation options include shared flats, home-stay, or private residence halls. USAL recommends that students stay in a youth hostel or hotel before for the first few days upon arrival so that students may visit the lodging sites before deciding upon one.
You can find information about the housing options available at USAL here
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply their award package to all semester or year-long exchange programs. Students are also eligible for either need-based subsidized or unsubsidized non-need-based federal direct loans. A list of alternative student loans is available in the CSULB Office of Financial Aid (BH-123).
Additional financing information can be found at this webpage