Salamanca, Spain with AIFS

University of Salamanca

Program Type

Travel with students from the U.S.; study with U.S. and local students. Third-party provider agreement with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), facilitated by Duquesne University’s OIP.


Three levels of instruction taught in Spanish by University professors:

  • Elementary (little or no previous Spanish knowledge, Fall only)
  • Intermediate and Advanced (two years high school or one year college Spanish)
  • Superior (excellent command needed to integrate into classes with Spanish students).

Placement in orientation levels will be determined by a language test.

Courses offered in Spanish: Art History, History, Literature, Music, Sociology; Spanish language, Methodology, Linguistics.

Courses offered in English: Economics/Political Science, Sociology, Business/E-Commerece, Spanish Language

Unless students opt to take higher level courses, they are not in class with other Spanish students. AIFS courses are specially designed for this program and are taught by Spanish professors.

Language of Instruction

Spanish (some English)

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: early September to mid-December

Spring Semester: early January to mid-May

Housing and Meals


  • Students live with local families in Salamanca arranged by AIFS.
  • Rooms are typically double occupancy. Single rooms are also available for an additional fee.
  • Three meals per day are included in the homestay costs.

Student Residence:

  • University co-ed residence.
  • Five minutes from the University.
  • All rooms are singles with private baths and telephones.
  • Students take three meals a day, seven days a week, at the residence cafeteria.

Private Apartments

Students are also able to find their own apartments in Salamanca, but this is done entirely on their own. Students will receive a housing rebate from AIFS if they choose to find their own housing.

Services Provided

  • Two week orientation includes intensive language and cultural studies.
  • Five days of travel in Andalucìá in southern Spain.
  • Centrally located AIFS office and full-time staff to assist students with problems, doubts, questions, cultural adjustments, medical visits, emergencies and general well-being.
  • Resident Director serves as a liaison among students, hosts and the University of Salamanca.
  • AIFS coordinators supervise placement of students with hosts as well as organize group excursions and activities

Estimated Costs (Category I Program)

Tuition Program Tuition + Fees, billing through Duquesne
Study Abroad Fee $250
Airfare Current costs as per your arrangement
Housing $2,000
Personal Expenses $3,500

Scholarships available through AIFS.

For a more info check the AIFS Salamanca program