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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Minimum GPA: 2.50
Class: 1-freshman, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, transient student Residency: in-state Alabama student, out-of-state student
Housing: apartment, homestay, residence hall/dormitory Citizenship: non-U.S. citizen, U.S. citizen
Program Description:
Mester Salamanca
Salamanca, a lively and dynamic community of 165,000 inhabitants, is home to some of the most impressive architecture in Spain. The city is characterized by its unique yellow stone façades which fill the streets with color and light. The diverse architectural styles of its cloisters, churches and Renaissance palaces blend together in the streets and plazas of the old town. The striking engravings which characterize the Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, the House of Shells, and the façade of the university all reflect Salamanca’s historical importance, proving it worthy of its prestigious title given by UNESCO as a “Mankind Heritage Monument”.

Program Overview

The following services are included in the student fees:
  • Spanish immersion classes (80 hours): four classroom hours per day, Monday through Friday, and five weekly lectures on Spanish Culture and Civilization (20 hours). Students will be placed in the appropriate course according to the level achieved on their placement exam. All classrooms at Mester are Smart Rooms.
  • Housing in Salamanca:  Two students per host family or residence halls in a double room.  Three meals per day provided 7 days per week, plus room cleaning and one weekly laundry service while in Salamanca. Additional washes may be arranged with the host-family/residence for an extra charge. Supplement in single room: €2 per day.
  • Mester staff members will assist students with any problem or question they might have.
  • Groups will be assigned a Mester Coordinator who will assist them 24hrs. a day.
  • Group transfers by private bus from Madrid airport to Salamanca and back to Madrid airport on corresponding days.
  • A welcome orientation upon arrival in Salamanca consisting of a meeting with a Mester staff member who will provide the group with local area information and guided tours of the town.
  • A welcome reception and a farewell dinner.
  • Two full-day excursions by charter bus to:
    • Avila / Segovia, including admission to the Alcazar. 
    • Madrid, including admission to the Reina Sofia Museum.
  • A cultural program that includes a variety of weekly activities and visits to local attractions (e.g., cathedrals, the university, etc.), as well as cooking and dance classes and/or sports for the duration of the program.
  • A course in Spanish life and culture consisting of weekly lectures on Art, History, Literature, cinema and / or meetings with local experts.
  • Access to the student computer lab located at the Mester Center with free Internet access and printing facilities.
To get started, click the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of this page.

For more information, contact
Dr. John Maddox
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Humanities Building 403
(205) 975-5329

The UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is offering scholarships valued at approximately $500.00.  To apply for those scholarships, visit BSMART, UAB’s Blazer Scholarship Management and Resource Tool at  You are also encouraged to check out funding opportunities at the Office of Education Abroad scholarships webpage.  

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2017 Participant
I had an amazing experience! I loved it so much and wish I would've done a study abroad sooner and for a longer amount of time. The teachers at Mester were so amazing and willing to go out of their way to help me understand everything. I met tons of new people from different countries. The city is perfect for a student that has never traveled to another country for an extended amount of time. There is tons of history there! There were a few hiccups but nothing major. Definitely, recommend the program!

Summer 2017 Participant
Overall I believe that Salamanca is the perfect city to study abroad in. In comparison to some of the larger more populated cities throughout Spain it is the perfect clash of old meets new. While walking around the streets a student feels like they have been thrown back in time, yet at the same time they are surrounded by young millenials from all parts of the world. Never once did I feel unsafe or the need to worry about pickpockets or getting lost. The locals are friendly, the night life is popping and the culture scene is bursting around every corner. As far as my studies within the Mester Program I think the staff does a great job of not only just making sure the students cover material, but take the time to actually learn it and use it outside of the classroom. The number of credit hours that we received fairly reflected the packed schedule and adventures included. Every activity, trip, tour is set up at the benefit of the student to learn not just the language but the lifestyle in Spain. 10/10 recommend this program and would study there again in a heartbeat.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer (May) 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program within 1 week of submitting complete application and will be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.