Study Abroad – Spain — Salamanca

The University of Salamanca 

Founded around 1218, the University of Salamanca is the oldest and most distinguished university in Spain, acting as the center of Spanish culture for more than seven centuries. Some of Spain’s most illustrious citizens have passed through its hallways, including Christopher Columbus, Miguel de Cervantes, Hernan Cortes, Fray Luis de Leon, and Miguel de Unamuno.  

The city and the University of Salamanca make up a very rich and unique cultural mecca not found anywhere else in Spain. Almost daily, visitors can enjoy concerts, recitals, art exhibits, lectures, folk dancing and seminars featuring distinguished Spanish writers and members of the Spanish Royal Academy.

Columbia College offers semester and summer programs at the University of Salamanca. Students have the opportunity to develop and improve their Spanish skills, as well as study Spanish history, literature and business. Also available are classes in Spanish guitar, song and film.

Brittany Volpe traveled there during the Fall 2012 semester.  You can read about her experiences here: Brittany Volpe’s Exploring Salamanca Blog


 To read about the Summer 2017 Study abroad program in Alcalá de Henares click here.

For information about studying abroad during the summer, contact Dr. Paloma Fernández Sánchez  at or by 803-786-3681.  For the semester study abroad experience, contact Dr. Rocío Zalba at or by phone at 803-786-3849.