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Salamanca - Activities and Excursions

Spanish Course Activities and Excursions

Discover everything Salamanca has to offer!

All E.I. students are invited and encouraged to participate in the cultural activities and excursions planned by the Spanish language school in Salamanca throughout the year. Learn about Spanish culture and travel Spain while you learn to speak Spanish. These activities include visits to local historic and cultural sights, informal dinners, sports activities, and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know one another better, as well as gain a better understanding of the Spanish culture and lifestyle of Spain.

Orientation and Local sights

Every Monday there is an afternoon orientation which includes a tour of the city. Following the orientation, that same afternoon, all E.I. students may visit selected local historical and cultural sights of Salamanca, such as:

Palacio de Monterrey. Palace of Monterrey. Constructed in the 16th century, it is of Plateresque style.
Claustro de la Universidad Pontificia. An immense building of baroque style, which was constructed beginning in 1617 and completed 150 years later. It was a Jesuit university.
Casa de las Conchas. House of Shells. Built near the end of the 15th century (in the times of the Catholic Kings). Of gothic style, the scallop shell motif is due to the owner, a professor of medicine at the university, having been recently made Chancellor of the Order of Santiago, whose symbol is the shell.
Universidad. A series of university buildings: Escuelas Mayores, Escuelas Menores, Hospital or the current Rectory. The elaborate frontispiece is one of the finest works of Classical Plateresque.
Plaza Mayor. Main Square. One of the largest and most beautiful squares in Spain, it was built in the 1730’s by Alberto and Nicolás Churriguera. It is dominated on one side by the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) a grand, elegant pinkish building.
Catedrales. La Catedral Vieja (Old Cathedral) which was built in the late 12th century, is an interesting example of Spanish Romanesque. The much larger Catedral Nueva (New Cathedral) dates mainly from the 16th century. Of gothic style, the north facade is ornamental enough, but the west facade is dazzling in its sculptural complexity.
Colegio Mayor Fonseca o Colegio de los Irlandeses. Constructed in 1525, it is a beautiful building with a central patio of Renaissance style. This university college is referred to as the Irish College because it served at one time as an institution for training young Irish priests.
Palacio de Anaya o Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé. Founded in the 15th century, it currently houses the Department of Spanish Philology.
Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Castilla y León. Exposition and Convention Center for Castilla and León. A modern 20th century building, it is a large center for cultural activities, fairs, expositions and conventions of all types. Designed by Juan Navarro Baldeweg, who has won awards for his architectural designs.

There are a variety of activities planned for weekday afternoons

Spanish Course Activities in Salamanca Fiesta de Bienvenida
On the first day of a course there is a party to welcome new students, to which all E.I. students are invited. In this way the arriving students meet the ongoing students and are easily incorporated into the schools friendly atmosphere.

Fiesta de Graduación
Once per month on the last Friday of the course students get together to celebrate the last day of the course and receive their Certificates. Several classes present musical or theatrical presentations, followed by a party with a goodbye toast to the departing students.

Video at the E.I. Center
Opportunity to view Spanish films or international films dubbed in Spanish.

Cena Internacional
Informal dinner at a local restaurant. Usually typical Spanish cuisine, but occasionally a restaurant with another particular international cuisine or decoration.

Vamos de Tapas
Learn about the Spanish custom of going for “tapas” and try Spanish foods. Who could resist this delicious way to spend an afternoon!

Noche de Tertulia
Spend an afternoon in the company of your classmates and professors practicing the fine art of conversation in pleasant surroundings in a local café.

Canción Española
Learn to sing all types of Spanish songs, from the most traditional to the latest pop hit.

Spend an afternoon playing a particular sport. A variety of sports activities depending on the season, such as tennis, soccer, swimming, basketball, billiards.

Juegos de mesa
Play some Spanish board games or learn card games with the Spanish deck of cards.

Sample Calendar of Activities and Excursions
Calendars are subject to change. The calendar is posted on the bulletin board at the Center.

Spanish Course Excursions in SalamancaExcursions

Take full advantage of your spare time during the weekends, and travel to nearby cities with E.I. You can learn about Hispanic culture, as well as use your new Spanish language skills. An E.I. instructor or a guide accompanies the group and provides information about the places that you visit on the trip. The excursions provide that extra element to make your stay memorable and complete.

Spanish Course Activities - International Dinner

Typical Excursions from Salamanca

Cities along the “Camino de Santiago” (León- Astorga), El Escorial, Toledo, Segovia, Ávila, El Valle de Los Caídos, Sigüenza, Monuments of Madrid, the Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Modern Art Museum, mountains near Salamanca.

Sample Calendar of Activities and Excursions  
Calendars are subject to change. The calendar is posted on the bulletin board at the Center.

Traveling on your own

Salamanca has many train connections and intercity bus lines which allow students to be able to travel on their own during the weekends. The informed and friendly E.I. staff will help you plan your trips and to arrange all your travel details.

Courses with activity program included (Spain)

All E.I. students are invited and encouraged to participate in activities and excursions planned by the Spanish language school throughout the year. However if you are planning to study in Spain during the summer months and you want to have everything included right from the start, we suggest our Summer Programs. The Summer Intensive Course and the Summer Super-Intensive Course include at least 8 activities and 3 excursions in the price of a 4-week course.

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