World-centre of Spanish
Salamanca is a relatively small and welcoming city situated in the north west of the Iberian Peninsula, in the Castile and Leon region approximately 200 Km. (125 miles) from Madrid.
The University of Salamanca is the oldest university in Spain and one of the first in Europe, along with Paris, Oxford, and Bologna. This makes Salamanca one of the most important student centers in Spain and a reference center for Spanish in the world.
The city has a population of approximately 180,000, making Salamanca pleasant, safe, yet cosmopolitan.
The inhabitants, called "salmantinos," are welcoming and open and make settling into everyday life in Spain and in Salamanca easier for foreign students.
Salamanca was the European Capital of Culture in 2002. This distinction in itself gives you an idea of the cultural dimension of the city, its history, and its people.
Upon arrival to Salamanca, you will find a young city open to the world. Walking along the streets of Salamanca, you will notice the rich mixture of architecture and monuments, both classical and modern. Salamanca is definitely one of the finest and most important cultural centres in Spain.
Approximately 60,000 students from all over the world come to study in Salamanca per year. With so many international students studying in Salamanca, it is obvious why Salamanca is known as a city which is devoted to university life, fine art, culture, music, entertainment, and leisure.
After spending the day soaking up Salamanca´s rich culture, you may went to spend the night in one of hundreds of clubs and bars Salamanca offers.
Salamanca is located in part of Spain perfect for travelling, where you are close enough to take weekend trips to other interesting cities such as Madrid, Ávila, León, Oporto, Lisbon, Cáceres, etc...
All these features of the city make it a perfect place to study Spanish. All you need is a couple of days to get to know the city, its secrets, its corners, and your favorite spots. Salamanca is a quiet city, without crowds, without traffic problems, without noise. A city where boredom doesn’t exist. There is something new to see everyday.
Come and discover Salamanca for yourself!!!