2018 Program and Application Information
Students participating in this program may earn up to 9 UMass Amherst credits by attending the University of Salamanca, attending discussion sessions, and participating in online activities.
The Summer Program in Salamanca has been in existence for 30 years. Its success is attributed to the excellence of the students who have participated in the program as well as to the high caliber of the teaching staff. The Program has had participants from UCLA, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, Ohio University, Yale, Brown, Princeton, Penn, MIT, Boston University, Tufts, University of Texas at Austin, Harvard, Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Vanderbilt University, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Providence College, University of Oregon, and Queens College.
Salamanca, a city situated by the River Tormes about 100 miles northwest of Madrid and close to the border with Portugal, was founded around 400 BC by Celtic tribes, prior to the arrival of the Romans in the Iberian Peninsula. Pre-Roman remains can still be found in inscriptions and statues within Salamanca. Greek historians originally referred to the city as Helmántica and later Salamántica. It was not until the XIII Century that the city became known by its current name, Salamanca. Soon after the city was founded by the Celts, it was annexed by the Romans as part of the Lusitanian province. The Romanization of the city brought important developments: monuments, city walls and roads were built, and the city became a communication center between the north and the south of Spain by way of the so-called Ruta de la Plata, a route that passed through the Roman bridge still in use today. Salamanca was conquered by the Moors in 712 A.D. For a period of time, Salamanca, given its geographical location, became a space of conflict between the Christian kingdoms of Northern Spain and the Muslins to the South. In the 12th Century, Salamanca was restored to the Christian monarchs, and soon after it was rebuilt and began to flourish as the most important cultural and intellectual center of Spain. Its University founded by Alfonso IX in 1218 is the oldest in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. Salamanca has been a cultural magnet for writers, philosophers and historical figures, including Miguel de Cervantes, Fray Luis de León, Hernán Cortés, San Juan de la Cruz, Juan del Encina, Antonio de Nebrija, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, and musician Maestro Salinas. Carmen Martín Gaite, a contemporary woman novelist, was born in the city. Miguel de Unamuno, another very famous contemporary Spanish writer, lived for many years in the city where he was the Rector of the University of Salamanca. All of these artists have left the mark of their knowledge on, and have immortalized this beautiful city.
At the end of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st, Salamanca has been transformed into a modern city without losing the spirit of history and intellectual life for which it has been known. The city has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it was honored as European Capital of Culture for the year 2002. In a sense, it is still University life that colors the image that Salamanca projects and gives it its daily rhythm and atmosphere. Like Oxford and Cambridge in England, Salamanca is the University City of Spain.
Salamanca is a jewel of architecture: the baroque Plaza Mayor, the most beautiful plaza in all of Spain with its impressive arches as entrances, was built between 1729-1755, the Casa de las Conchas decorated on the outside with 350 scallop shells as symbols of the order of Saint James, the Patio de Escuelas, the Universidad de Salamanca whose richly adorned façade is a masterpiece of plateresque art, and the two Cathedrals, both included in the front page of this Program, are outstanding examples of Spanish architecture, art and sculpture. The new cathedral at the right side of the photo is a fine example of the combination of Gothic, plateresque and baroque styles. Salamanca is surrounded by other historical cities: Segovia, renowned for its Roman aqueduct, and La Alberca, a well-preserved medieval town.
Students will study at the University of Salamanca. The University and the city of Salamanca attract students from all over the world and therefore our students enjoy the opportunity to interact, both inside and outside the classroom, with people from many different countries.
The Summer Program in Salamanca offers the opportunity to take courses in Spanish language, literature, culture and linguistics at the intermediate and advanced levels. Your options are as follows:
TAKE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SALAMANCA:
I - One course on Spanish Language (mandatory)
- Spanish 240 (this course does not count towards the major)
- Spanish 301: Spanish Conversation
- Spanish 306: Spanish Pronunciation
- Spanish 310: Content Spanish
- Spanish 311: Advanced Grammar
II - Two Courses chosen among:
- Spanish 321: Spanish Literature
- Spanish 350: Translation Today Spanish-English
- Spanish 415: Culture and Civilization of Spain
- Spanish 460: Imagining the City
- Spanish 465: Business Spanish
- Spanish 473: Contrastive Analysis Spanish-English
Excursions are included in the program fee.
Students should inquire with the financial aid office at their home school about their eligibility for financial aid.
For further information please contact:
Patricia Gubitosi, PhD
Assistant Dean of Advising, College of Humanitites and Fine Arts
Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
Undergraduate Studies Director, Spanish and Portugese Studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst
422 Herter Hall
161 Presidents Dr.
Amherst, MA 01003