Centro Fray Luis de Leon at the University of Salamanca
The program is meant to provide students with an "immersion" of Spanish language and culture. An attempt will be made to strike a balance between academics and the sheer
Although I have been studying Spanish for...
Submitted by Amy Cannon - Spain | March 07, 2011
Although I have been studying Spanish for a number of years, my opportunities to learn the language through study abroad programs were limited by my course load during the academic year. Dr. Ferreiro's summer program provided a perfect way for me to fulfill the study abroad requirement for my major. I thoroughly enjoyed my classes at the University of Salamanca. The program is structured to give you a taste of everything. A grammar class at an appropriate level for you, a cooking class where you learn about some of the most popular Spanish dishes, an interesting history course taught in a cafe and also on-location as you tour major sights in nearby cities, a Spanish class of your choice (culture class, for example), a casual conversation class that also meets in a cafe and a fun Flamenco class which gives you an appreciation for this expressive beautiful dance.
This trip combines the academic study with touring important sights and enjoying the Spanish culture firsthand. Some of the more memorable experiences I had involved interactions with local Salamantinos. I feel as if my confidence with using Spanish improved thanks to my time in Salamanca. It was so much fun getting to know the other students from our trip and also the students from around the world that were also studying Spanish and the university. Playing soccer with students from over ten different countries is one of my fondest memories! I would highly encourage you to seriously consider traveling to Salamanca with Dr. Ferreiro and Centro Fray Luis de Leon. You can anticipate entertaining live music, enthusiastic professors, fun nightlife, and an experience you will never forget.
I loved this program so much. I would highly...
Submitted by Emily Hazelton - Spain | March 07, 2011
I loved this program so much. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to improve their level of Spanish or just wants an excuse to see more of the world. Salamanca is a small, charming, and beautiful city. The professors at the university are incredible - they're funny, kind, and teach you a lot of Spanish. Attending classes in the morning left tons of free time to wander the city and shop, go to movies, eat ice cream, sit at a cafe, or visit some of the churches or museums throughout Salamanca. The weather was phenomenal throughout the entire month. I had a wonderful experience and am very glad I went.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say...
Submitted by Katie Riley - Spain | March 07, 2011
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Dr. Alberto Ferreiro's program at the University of Salamanca. It was like a dream to study the Spanish culture and language, while living in Salamanca, Spain. Having the opportunity to study Spanish and to even become bilingual will be a great advantage in the medical field, especially nursing. Knowing Spanish will give you the upper hand on applications, interviews and special job opportunities in the nursing field. For less money and more credits that one quarter at any university, you could study abroad in Spain.
On arriving in Salamanca, I was immediately...
Submitted by Deborah Marx - Spain | March 07, 2011
On arriving in Salamanca, I was immediately embraced by Spain's warm and welcoming attitude. Being a small city, it was easy to settle in and everything lies within walking distance. It was great having the opportunity to attend classes with people from all over the world and I cannot speak highly enough of the teachers who were so keen to help their students get as much as possible out of their lessons. The lessons were challenging, but at the same time were conducted with a relaxed approach. Never before had I had attended a class which involved chatting in a cafe alongside a free drink! By the end of the trip my Spanish had greatly improved and I was so immersed in the language that on leaving Heathrow airport, I answered a man offering me a taxi, in Spanish, and it was a while before I realized why he had such a startled expression on his face.
The classes weren't all about language, however. From valuable literature classes to cooking lessons, I learnt a lot about Spanish culture. This cultural learning was also enhanced through wonderful city excursions or just by exploring Salamanca itself.
Being a small city by no means signifies that Salamanca lacks things to do. From seeing Harry Potter in Spanish to watching live Reggae in O'Haras, I can honestly say I was never bored. I have so many great memories from this trip and have made lasting friendships that will live with me forever.
Studying in Spain was a life changing experience;...
Submitted by Estie Sarvasy - Spain | March 07, 2011
Studying in Spain was a life changing experience; initially I was supposed to be there for four weeks, which just wasn't enough time. Six weeks was perfect, by the fifth week I was immersing myself with the locals, and speaking Spanish almost 24 hours of the day. Studying and walking around a city like Salamanca that has been around for centuries was amazing, looking outside your dorm window at the lit cathedral or going to La Plaza Mayor to watch the lights go on or listening to music in the square or just to hang out with some friends. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my summer and to continue my studies in Spanish from speaking to writing to learning about a different culture. I would definitely recommend this program especially if you cannot afford to study for a year, quarter or semester during the academic year.