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Architectural detail from Salamanca

Study Abroad in Spain

Experience Salamanca, Spain

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) offers summer study abroad experiences in Salamanca, Spain, a beautiful city that features narrow cobblestone streets, golden medieval buildings and soaring cathedrals.

Salamanca is often called “the golden city” (la ciudad dorada) because of the color of its buildings.  It has one of the oldest universities in Europe, the University of Salamanca, with the nickname “Oxford of Spain.”

The city has about 170,000 residents and is northwest of Madrid on the border of Portugal. It has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site because of its rich history, culture and architecture.

Find out more about visiting Salamanca through the Rick Steves and the Lonely Planet online travel guides.

Program Details

  • Two to three weeks in Salamanca with weekday classes in the morning and afternoons free to study or tour the city.
  • On Saturdays and Sundays, students can take optional tours and excursions.
  • No previous Spanish language experience required, but this is a great way to gain Spanish language knowledge and advance skills.
  • All students live with a Spanish host family with private rooms and meals provided.
  • Students can earn up to 7 credits in Spanish.
  • Spanish faculty from Spokane Community College (SCC) and Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) accompany students on this trip.


Participants will register for two to seven credits of the classes available:

  • Elementary Spanish 1, 2, 3 (121, 122, 123)
  • Intermediate Spanish 4, 5, 6 (221, 222, 223)
  • Spanish Conversation and Culture (241 or 242)


Participants are placed with carefully selected Spanish host families in a private room, with three meals per day and weekly laundry service provided. Living with a Spanish family gives participants the opportunity to cultivate friendships with native speakers of Spanish and practice Spanish in a very real way.

Program Costs

Each year the costs vary, so you will want to check with program faculty for the latest fees.

Dates, Credits and Program Fee for 2019

  • Three Week Program: July 28 – Aug 17 / Credits: 2 – 7 / Cost: $2,550
  • Two Week Program: July 28 – Aug 10 / Credits: 2 / Cost: $2,165
  • Two Week Program: Aug 4 – Aug 17 / Credits: 2 / Cost: $2,165

Program Costs Include

  • Classes and textbooks
  • Lodging with a Spanish host family in a private room
  • Three meals per day
  • Laundry service once per week
  • Medical insurance in Spain for the month of August
  • Weekly cultural activities
  • On-site advising services for the duration of the program by SCC/SFCC Spanish instructor
  • Bus ticket from Madrid Airport to Salamanca

Program Costs Do Not Include

  • SCC/SFCC tuition
  • Airfare and passport fees
  • Bus ticket from Salamanca to Madrid Airport
  • International Student ID Card
  • Any other expenses not listed under program fee

Financial aid is applicable toward tuition, program fee and expenses. Please set up an appointment to see financial aid advisor. SCC: Zoya Zhuk, 509-533-8189 or SFCC: Alexandra Bailey, 509-533-3402,

Travel Waivers

If you intend to arrive independently from the Community Colleges of Spokane, please fill out the Travel Waiver (Independent Arrival) form.

If you are attending a program abroad and intend to depart independently from Community Colleges of Spokane, please fill out the Travel Waiver (Independent Departure) form.

Please return the form(s) to: Samantha Cahill or Christiana Hennings.  


Fill out the application form and submit with essay, unofficial transcripts and two letters of recommendation by the second Friday in April at the latest. (After that date, participants are admitted on a space-available basis and are subject to a late fee of $100.).

Upon admission to the program, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 toward the program fee is required. The $500 counts toward the total cost of the program. The balance is due no later than the second Friday in June.(Students qualifying for financial aid need to make arrangements well in advance.) Cancellations after this date will be refunded only on the basis of documented medical or other similar circumstances.