Don Quijote Salamanca

Learn Spanish in Salamanca, Spain

The Area & School

The historic city of Salamanca, Spain is an enchanting place to learn Spanish. Nicknamed "The Golden City," Salamanca is the gastronomic and cultural capital of mid-western Spain. Salamanca's old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and boasts an impressive mix of Baroque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture. Located in the Autonomous Region of Castile and Leon, the city has a deep tradition of educational pursuit and has been home to the University of Salamanca since the 12th century. The Spanish school is just a short walk from the University in a spectacularly renovated 16th century monastery.

The school in Salamanca houses 17 modern, air-conditioned classrooms, a sunny courtyard, lounge area, and a cafe. Free, high speed WiFi is available throughout the Spanish school campus.

Spanish immersion programs begin every Monday throughout the year.

Spanish Courses

Standard 20 Spanish

The Standard 20 program consists of four daily Spanish immersion lessons plus one daily bonus workshop focused on current events and Spanish culture. Students will receive 20 total lessons and 5 bonus workshops* per week totaling 20 hours and 50 minutes. Courses will focus on conversation skills, grammar, discussion, vocabulary and reading, listening and writing exercises. The five bonus workshops are not included during the Christmas season.


Starts at €199 for one week

Intensive 30 Spanish

A more rigorous program, the Intensive 30 course consists of five daily Spanish immersion lessons, plus one daily bonus workshop focused on current events and Spanish culture. Students will receive 30 total lessons and 5 bonus workshops* per week totaling 29 hours and 10 minutes. Courses will focus on conversation skills, grammar, discussion, vocabulary and reading, listening and writing exercises. * The five bonus workshops are not included during the Christmas season.


Starts at €330 for one week

50+ Master Class

At a Glance This 2 week course is for students aged 50 and older who would like to learn Spanish in Spain, and experience the culture of Salamanca while meeting other students and travelers in their age group from around the world. Spanish classes four daily Spanish immersion lessons plus one daily bonus workshop focused on current events and Spanish culture. Students will receive 20 total lessons and 5 bonus workshops per week totaling 20 hours and 50 minutes. Courses will focus on conversation skills, grammar, discussion, vocabulary and reading, listening and writing exercises...

Starts at €265 for one week

Accommodation

Shared Apartment

(Private room, no meals) For more independent travelers, a shared apartment in Salamanca can be an ideal accommodation option. Guests share common areas and kitchen with a roommate(s) but have their own private bedroom. Free WiFi, bed linens, towels, welcome amenities, access to fully equipped kitchen and laundry room, shared bathroom, television, and utilities are included in the price. Apartments are close to public transportation and the school campus.


Starts at €130 / week

Host Family

(Private room, half-board) Living with a Spanish home-stay family in Salamanca is a marvelous way to get extra Spanish, enjoy local cuisine, and meet welcoming locals. Host families are screened and selected by the school's accommodation staff. Linens, WiFi, towels, and two meals per day will be provided by the host. If you have dietary preferences or allergies, please indicate so on your registration form, so your host family can adjust their menu accordingly. Students will be given their own set of house keys to come and go as they please.


Starts at €164 / week

Private Room - Guesthouse

(Private room, half-board) Students who want extra privacy, but also to live near other immersion students, find that the private rooms in the Salamanca Student Residence Guesthouse are a great fit. Students are issued their own locking bedroom with study desk (similar to a university dormitory), but share bathrooms and common areas with other Spanish students. Daily breakfast and dinner, WiFi, cleaning service, bed linen, towels and welcome amenities are included in the price.


Starts at €205 / week

Additional Details

The school will be closed on the following public holidays. Missed classes due to holidays will not be made up, except in the case that two holidays fall in the same week.

  • Jan 1st
  • Jan 6th
  • Apr 2nd
  • Apr 3rd
  • Apr 23rd
  • May 1st
  • Jun 12th
  • Aug 15th
  • Sep 8th
  • Oct 12th
  • Oct 13th
  • Nov 1st
  • Dec 6th
  • Dec 8th
  • Dec 25th

Students have a few options for arriving to Salamanca. Most commonly, students will fly into Madrid International Airport (MAD), and then take a Renfe train or bus into Salamanca. Alternatively, it is possible to fly directly into Salamanca Airport or Valladolid International Airport and take a short bus or train ride into Salamanca.

The school can also arrange private transfers from the following airports directly to your accommodation:

  • Salamanca Airport - 85 €
  • Madrid Airport - 205 €
  • Valladolid Airport - 195 €

More information on getting to Salamanca is provided by the Spanish Tourism Board

Max Group Class Size: 8.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 136 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: €9.55 per class hour

A mix of free and paid activities and excursions will be offered to all students each week. Students will have the option of participating in at least one free cultural session each afternoon after Spanish classes. Examples of these activities include:

  • Live dance shows
  • Gastronomy / Spanish cooking course
  • Traditional fiestas
  • Cultural lectures
  • Movie nights
  • Arts and culture courses
  • Courses about Spanish artists (Gaudí, Dalí)
  • History of Spain
  • Wine tasting
  • City tour of Salamanca
  • Tapas nights

Paid excursions are held on the weekends. Costs vary and are to cover transportation, entrance fees, food and lodging when necessary. Example destinations include:

  • Segovia
  • Zamora
  • Madrid
  • Ciudades de la frontera (border)
  • Toledo
  • France

Like all DQ campuses, the Spanish school in Salamanca uses the Don Quijote interactive method of teaching Spanish. Fully accredited by the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, the Don Quijote organization has been a leader in Spanish language education for decades.

Students will take a placement test before their first class and be placed in to one of six levels based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2).

All students, even complete beginners, will speak only Spanish in class from day one. At the end of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion with their level. Syllabi are available upon request.

FAQ

How do you determine levels? I was near fluent 40 years ago and have forgotten most of what I knew.

Both a written and oral placement test will be given before the start of your program to determine the appropriate Spanish level. Based on the results of the assesment, you will be placed in a class with other students of a similar level that will challenge but not overwhelm you. If after a week, you are progressing more quickly than the rest of the class, you may be moved up an extra level.