Castilian At Its Source

    Castilla y León

    Spain’s largest region is home to many of its most ancient cities and landmarks, including Salamanca with its historic university, Segovia’s 2,000 year old Roman aqueducts, and Valladolid’s array of castles. With around 180,000 inhabitants, Salamanca is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with an impressive old city and numerous Renaissance buildings. Brimming with history, the city’s many university students add an extra spark of life, while many UNESCO world heritage sites can be found in the area, including Ávila’s old city and surrounding wall, and the Catedral de Burgos, a 13th century Gothic cathedral. The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is a medieval Christian pilgrimage route that passes through the region and remains popular with modern travelers. With breathtaking mountain landscapes and abundant wildlife, the Gredos National Reserve attracts outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world with its hiking routes winding through charming villages on old roman roads and local shepherd’s trails.

    don Quijote Salamanca

    Salamanca is well-known for its educational institutions: The University of Salamanca was founded more than 700 years ago, making it one of Europe´s oldest. Its streets burst with life, its monuments are plentiful (Salamanca is a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site), and it is recognized for the pure Castilian Spanish its inhabitants speak in what is considered the birthplace of the Spanish language. The don Quijote School in Salamanca is located in the heart of the city center and occupies a recently and beautifully restored 16th-century monastery. The school offers general intensive and super intensive Spanish courses from beginner to complete proficiency levels, as well as more specialized courses such as Business Spanish, Spanish and History/Art/Literature, D.E.L.E. preparation, and premium courses. Students can start any Monday; the schools are open year-round and class size is limited to a maximum of only eight students per group, guaranteeing a high level of personalized attention to each student.

    For further info, visit www.donquijote.org

    Ábaco

    Ábaco is located in Salamanca in the city center, close to the Plaza Mayor, a popular meeting point for students and travelers. A team of enthusiastic professionals aims to teach students in an effective, enjoyable, and professional manner. Teachers are selected based on their enthusiasm, patience, and ability to listen, but most of all for their love of teaching. Courses combine education, culture, exciting trips and mind-expanding experiences — the perfect combination for language travelers. Variety and challenge are key elements in their courses. Accommodation is offered either with Spanish host families or in student apartments to facilitate real contact with Spanish culture.

    Colegio Delibes

    Situated in a historic building five minutes walk from the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Colegio Delibes has been recently restored and equipped with the latest technology. The school features twenty air-conditioned classrooms, a video and conference room, an audio lab, library, and an IT room with free internet and wireless access. There is also an enclosed patio with a Castilian well where students can relax with a coffee and socialize during breaks. The college is best characterized by its authentic international ambience with a complete program of extra-curricular activities, most of which are free of charge for students of the school. Accomodations vary between host famlies, student residences, and shared apartments. Colegio Delibes is known for its intensive, wide-ranging courses, small class size, and personalized attention: the staff strives to help students feel at home while living abroad.

    AmeriSpan Study Abroad

    With programs in Salamanca, Madrid and elsewhere in Spain, AmeriSpan Study Abroad offers Spanish language programs by the week, month or longer. Lodging at homestays, dorms and shared apartments can be included in all locations. Why not try a Spanish and Flamenco, Scuba Diving or Cooking? A Running of the Bulls special program is offered in Pamplona every July. In addition, professional programs are available including Spanish for Business, Law, Healthcare, Engineering and Tourism. We even offer internships. Of course, we are happy to create group programs for any of these programs including special prices and inclusive tours and activities. More than 30,000 people of all ages have chosen to study abroad with AmeriSpan around the world for the last 15 years. AmeriSpan’s experience, client support and triple guarantee (price, money-back and satisfaction) allows students of all ages a worry-free language program.

    Kate Sommers-Dawes is assistant editor for Language Magazine, and instituted a French and Art program for students in Los Angeles.

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