Universidad de Salamanca

City: Salamanca
Language of instruction: Spanish
  • In 1218, King Alfonso IX of Leon founded the University of Salamanca
  • Considered the oldest of the existing Spanish universities
  • An important centre for the study of humanities and particularly noted for its language studies
  • Approximately 36 000 students
  • Students represent a significant percentage of the city's population
  • USAL has created a video to help prospective exchange students learn about the university's exchange program
  • Located in the city of Salamanca, west of Madrid
  • The city lies on a mountain by the Tormes River, which is crossed by a bridge 150 m long built on 26 arches, fifteen of which are of Roman origin, while the remainder date from the 16th century
  • Salamanca is considered one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe
  • Nicknamed La Ciudad Dorada, the golden city, because of the sandstone buildings giving it an exquisite golden glow
  • Offers the amenities of a larger city while retaining an intimate small town atmosphere

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsLand and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Students must have at least a B2 level to study in Spanish (To determine your level, please self-assess with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)
  • The student selected must have a high proficiency in Spanish and be very independent and flexible
  • For information on Spanish language courses at US, click here


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Early September to Late January
  • Semester 2: Early February to Late June
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: ANTH 100
Title: Introduction to Anthropology
Partner course code: 108009
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
UBC course: GEOG 319
Title: Environmental Impact assessment
Partner course code: 107639
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2019-11-15
UBC course: GEOG 395
Title: Geography of Latin America
Partner course code: 107638
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2019-11-15
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Geographic thinking
Partner course code: 107629
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2019-11-15
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Current Spanish History
Partner course code: HIST 101932
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2018-09-25
UBC course: SPAN 357
Title: Spanish literature
Partner course code: 108001
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2018-05-22

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: GEOG 1st
Title: Regional Geography of Spain
Partner course code: 107623
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2020-06-01
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: French language translation and interpretation 2
Partner course code: 104610
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2020-06-01
UBC course: SPAN 4th
Title: studies and tendencies in interpretation
Partner course code: 101495
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2020-06-01
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • The University of Salamanca has 6 "Colegios Mayores" and University Residences, with a total of 1,137 places, and has 6 University Refectories, with a capacity for 1360 persons
  • You may reserve lodgings before your arrival or after you have reached the city
  • Cursos Internacionales can help students with their housing arrangements
  • Students can choose to live in a homestay with a Spanish family or in a dorm at the University of Salamanca

Information on Accommodation

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