Spanish Language and Culture in Salamanca - UB/Buffalo State
The program begins in Madrid where, upon arrival at the airport, students will board a bus to Salamanca, arriving there in the middle of the day. At that time, they will be introduced to their “caseros” or local hosts and go home with them for lunch. Salamanca is located 125 miles northwest of Madrid and only 60 miles from Portugal. Its truly exceptional artistic and historical treasures, its fine summer climate, and the international renown of its university attract students from all over the world.
In addition to the academic components described below, the the program includes a special three-day weekend study tour to Andalucía, the largest of Spain's autonomous communities; two separate one-day trips to sites of historic and cultural importance; and one last night in the bustling city of Madrid.
The University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College are proud to jointly sponsor the Programa de Estudios Hispánicos, established in 1969, in cooperation with the University of Salamanca, Spain’s oldest and most celebrated university. UB and Buffalo State take turns hosting the program with Buffalo State administering the program in even years (e.g. 2016) and UB administering the program in odd years (e.g. 2017).
Designed for beginner through advanced level undergraduate students, the program endeavors to both strengthen the language abilities of the participants and enrich their humanistic education through the study of Spanish literature, art, and culture.
The University of Salamanca offers an excellent series of extracurricular activities including plays, concerts, modern films, recitals, folklore, music, dances and lectures on literature, art, history, and economics, often given by world renowned figures.
All students enroll in Intensive Communicative Spanish and a Spanish Culture Module taught by University of Salamanca faculty.
Intensive Communicative Spanish (3 credits)
This 3-credit course focuses on an oral and written review of the language at four levels (Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced and Superior) and an introduction to Spanish culture at two levels. Students are placed into the appropriate level on the basis of a proficiency exam taken upon arrival.
Spanish Culture Module
Participants will take a one hour per day Spanish Culture Module, selecting one of the following options: Spanish Culture, Contemporary Spanish History, Spanish for Business, Analysis of Literary Texts, Conversation & Composition, or Translation into Spanish from English. Grades for the module will be combined with grades for the Intensive Communicative Spanish course.
In addition, participants will be placed according to their Spanish proficiency in either Spanish Language Through Theatre, taught by Salamanca native, Ms. Eva Patricia Santos García, a University at Buffalo PhD student and Teaching Assistant, or Spanish Culture and Civilization, taught by University at Buffalo PhD student and Teaching Assistant, Mr. Fernando Simón Abad, also native to Salamanca.
Spanish Language Through Theatre (3 credits)
This course challenges students to further develop their oral and writte3 credits)
This course presents students with the opportunity to engage first-hand the place of the arts in Spanish Culture and Civilization. Students will engage relevant literature, visit museums, and explore sites of historical and cultural importance.
Students are encouraged to determine in advance how their home campuses will treat the credits earned in Salamanca, as these credits could be used to satisfy major/minor academic program requirements as well as UB Curriculum or General Education requirements.
All participants will experience a homestay with a Spanish “casero” in single occupancy rooms. This gives students the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of such things as family relations, cuisine, politics and religious practices. A homestay also provides numerous chances to utilize language skills learned in the classroom. However, students should not think of their homestay as a surrogate family. Participants will be expected to show emotional maturity and to be self-reliant at all times.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.
UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact Program Advisors:
Eva Patricia Santos García firstname.lastname@example.org
Fernando Simón Abad email@example.com