Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca
The Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca is a private, Catholic university located in Salamanca, Spain. It is relatively small, with a student population of about 6,500. SCSU has been partnered with UPSA for over 25 years to send students on short-term, summer programs in Salamanca. Now, however, students have the opportunity to live and study at the university for a semester or longer.
UPSA offers exchange students the opportunity to enroll in intensive Spanish Language and Culture courses. This directed academic program aims to immerse incoming students in the culture of Salamanca through excursions, festivals and in-country travel, all in conjunction with daily classroom instruction. UPSA hopes that these experiences help international students feel welcome and comfortable in their new surroundings, and that they will more easily adjust to life at a Spanish institution.
Housing at the Universidad Pontificia can be arranged at a university residence, with a Spanish family or in a hotel or shared flat. Homestays, in which students live and board with a Spanish family in Salamanca, cost approximately 22 euro per day for a double-occupancy room and 24 per day for a single. Residence hall prices can be found in the Secretaria for general courses, once applicants have been nominated by the OIE.
Salamanca is the capital city of its identically-named province: Salamanca. Many of Spain's universities are located in the city, and it hosts thousands of international students each year. It is also an historic city, originally founded prior to the rise of the Roman Empire. A portion of Salamanca, called the Old City, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its long and storied history, Salamanca is home to dozens of palaces, museums and monuments. Gothic cathedrals stand side-by-side with baroque chapels and palatial, neoclassical homes. Students roaming the sprawling city-scape can see the scars of the Spanish Civil War or the majesty of the Catholic Church's legacy on the architecture of Salamanca. The ethereal Plaza Mayor, however, is likely the city's most notable landmark. Plaza Mayor is the glowing heart of Salamanca's sandstone buildings, which have given it the nickname La Dorado, "The Golden City."
Transportation in Salamanca is provided by 13 public bus lines, a regional airport and a number of highways. The city rests on the banks of the Rio Tormes, which is spanned in part by a bridge built upon arches left by the Roman Empire's Via de la Plata. Students looking to travel from Salamanca can take connecting flights from the local airport to Paris or Barcelona, while the Barajas Airport in Madrid offers more international options. A train line runs from Salamanca's city center, bringing passengers to Madrid, Ávila, San Sebastián, Bilbao and Barcelona, andothers. A direct service to Portugal is also available,