Learn what a typical day looks like studying abroad at the Spanish Academy in Salamanca
The program focuses on providing a well-rounded cultural immersion for its students. In Salamanca, students have ample opportunity through living, eating, and traveling with a host family, as well as participation in language classes, culture classes, afternoon activities, student interest clubs, field trips, and general campus life.
After students have eaten breakfast with their hosts, RAs will walk with them to campus for a casual assembly. For 20 minutes each morning, teachers and residential staff perform skits, show music videos and share creative presentations. It’s fun, unpredictable and all “in language” as you get warmed up for the day of academic, cultural, and recreational activities ahead.
During the week you will spend approximately three hours a day in language classes. You will stay with your language level group and follow a course of study specially designed so that you can survive and thrive in a full-immersion environment. Learn more here: Curriculum & Classes in Salamanca
The Academy’s hands-on “Cultural Exploration” classes are 2 hours long on weekdays. These classes change every week and allow students the opportunity to actively explore authentic aspects of Spanish culture. In Salamanca the classes will focus on topics such as:
- Spanish Cooking
- Traditional Spanish Dancing
- The Music of Spain
- Arts and Crafts in Spain
Eat three meals a day with your hosts and experience authentic Spanish cuisine. Breakfast is typically light in Spain, but students will have snacks available on campus before and after classes. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day in Spain and is typically eaten later in the day. Per custom, students will have extra time to take a much needed siesta afterwards. Dinner takes place after Afternoon Activities and is smaller, often consisting of soup and sandwiches. Please make sure to contact us if you have any dietary restrictions.
Afternoon activities offer an organized way to have fun in language. They change every day and may include activities such as music practice, painting, watching Spanish TV, or going out with friends for chocolate and churros. You can also choose sports like soccer, basketball, yoga, or Frisbee. RAs lead all afternoon activities and supply students with the vocabulary they need to have fun and stay in language. Every week students will also have days planned to spend with their host family or travel on excursions with their teachers and RAs.
After dinner with your host family, you’ll have some down time to write in your journal, do some laundry, listen to some music, take a walk with your hosts, or all of the above. Before too long, you’ll be ready to crash, so you can get started again the next day.
The weekends offer extended free time to relax or review, but also explore the city and greater Spain. Read about the places you’ll go with us here: Field Trips & Excursions in Salamanca