La Academia de España

Grades 9-12
July 3 – July 30, 2018
Tuition: $7995

La Academia de España is a full Spanish immersion program for students with 2 or more years of Spanish. Students commit to speaking Spanish, in class and on activities, for the duration of the program. La Academia takes place in the Colegio Mayor Fray Luis de León, in Salamanca, a beautiful university town that was the birthplace of Spanish language study and teaching. Students are taught by local university teachers and artists. They choose two courses - a major and a minor – which are taught entirely in Spanish. Theses interactive courses, coupled with a full calendar of activities – including field trips to Madrid and Segovia - enable them to live like locals for a month, fully exposing them to Spanish culture. Scroll down to read course descriptions, faculty bios, and apply now!


Students on La Academia de España choose from 15 academic and creative courses that are taught in Spanish and specially designed to make the most of the historic and cultural richness of Salamanca. All the courses are experiential. Every day, students leave the residence and transform Salamanca’s beautiful streets and elegant courtyards into classrooms. Our most popular courses include Culturas hispánicas, Relaciones Internacionales, and Spanish Language. Descriptions for these are below, and you can follow the link to read more about all our courses.

Culturas Hispánicas

Los alumnos se familiarizan con los elementos clave de las diversas culturas hispánicas, sus diferencias y sus puntos en común. El estudio se aborda a través de la historia, el arte, la literatura y la lengua. Mediante visitas a lugares históricos de la ciudad los estudiantes descubren la importancia de Salamanca en el gran encuentro de culturas que supuso el descubrimiento de América. Los estudiantes mejoran su español al mismo tiempo que aprenden a identificar los principales dialectos del español gracias a textos y documentos audiovisuales.

Hispanic Cultures

Students become familiar with the key elements of the various Hispanic cultures, their differences and their commonalities. This is done through studying the history, art, literature and the language of Spain. Through visits to historical sites of the city, students discover the importance of Salamanca in the great meeting of cultures that marked the discovery of America. Students improve their Spanish while learning to identify the main dialects of Spanish through texts and audiovisual documents.

Relaciones Internacionales

Dentro de la óptica de delimitar la complejidad de las relaciones que existen en regiones como el Oriente Medio, África y Sudamérica, los estudiantes se familiarizan con los principales modelos teóricos que influyen en las relaciones internacionales y examinan una serie de estudios de casos, guiados por expertos en la materia. Al final del curso los estudiantes organizan su propia cumbre acerca de un problema importante de actualidad.

International Relations

With the goal of grasping the complexity of the relationships at play in regions as disparate as the Middle East, Africa, and South America, students become familiar with the principal theoretical models that govern international relations, and examine a series of case studies, led by experts in the field. At the end of the course, students organize a mock summit focusing on a critical current issue.

Perfeccionamiento de la lengua

Este curso de expresión oral y escrita se dirige a los estudiantes que quieren enriquecer su vocabulario y afianzar el conocimiento de la gramática española, como el empleo del condicional y del subjuntivo, la conjugación de los tiempos verbales, o la elección de los pronombres personales y relativos. Los estudiantes leen la prensa regional y nacional, visionan extractos de películas contemporáneas, discuten sobre temas de actualidad y se inician en el arte del debate.

Perfecting the Language

This advanced course focusing on oral and written expression is designed for students who wish to enrich their vocabulary and improve their understanding of Spanish grammar and its complexities, such as the use of the subjunctive and the conditional tenses, verb tense agreement and the choice of personal and relative pronouns. Students read the national press and examine excerpts from contemporary films, they discuss current events and social issues and are introduced to the art of debate. They work on different types of writing and create a portfolio that they present at the end of the program.

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Our teachers are academics and researchers drawn from the University of Salamanca and established creative professionals. A few biographies are listed below, and you can follow the link to meet all our faculty.

Dr. Javier Andres-Perez

BA, PhD University of Salamanca, MLitt University of Saint Andrews

Dr. Andres-Perez is a Tutor at the University of Salamanca. As a teacher he works principally with graduate-level students conducting research into cultural heritage. His own areas of expertise include art history, iconography, museum curation, and the Roman empire. He regularly conducts field work in archaeological excavations across the world, acts as a consultant for exhibitions and fine art collectors, and edits texts for academic journals. Recently Dr. Andres-Perez won a prestigious FormARTE Fellowship which allowed him to collaborate with the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, on the mounting and management of several major exhibitions.

Dr. Antonio Doñas

BA, MA, PhD Universidad de Valencia

Antonio's research focuses on the relationship between Latin literature and Medieval Spanish and Catalan literature. He has worked as a researcher at Queen Mary, University of London, and the Warburg Institute in London. He previously taught Spanish and Literature at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.

Dr. Luis Rodriguez

BA, MA, PhD University of Salamanca

Dr. Rodriguez teaches courses in political science at the University of Salamanca. His research focuses on the Arab world: democracy, political change, and investigating the unique cases of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan during and after the Arab Spring.

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Our Residence

La Academia de España takes place in the Colegio Mayor Fray Luis de León, within Salamanca’s world famous, UNESCO-listed historic center, and abutting the main university buildings.  The residence is purpose built, with most students sharing en-suite doubles.  Students meet their classes and eat breakfast and supper in the residence.


Alongside program-wide field-trips to Madrid, Segovia, and the Douro Valley, our Activities Directors organize daily outings to give students every possibility to discover Salamanca and its environs.  Every day offers-up something new: tours of the cathedrals (there are two), of the city’s beautiful convents, of historic university buildings, of the archives, and of museums.  Students also immerse themselves in Spanish life: they visit markets, go on food-tours, listen to the famous traveling musicians, or enjoy tapas on the Plaza Mayor, reputedly the most beautiful square in Europe. They also relax by playing five-aside, basketball, doing yoga, going swimming, jogging, or boating on the Douro.

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Students are met in Madrid Barajas International Airport and escorted to Salamanca.  At the end of the program, they are accompanied back to Madrid, where we oversee the transfer to their next flight. A representative stays at the airport until every flight has departed.


The Colegio lies in the center of Salamanca, in a quiet neighborhood.  Access is strictly controlled and there is twenty-four hour security. Day-to-day life is overseen by teams of Deans - professional educators drawn from leading schools in the US, Canada, and Australia. The residence has a program office, in a central location, which is open and permanently staffed by Deans from before 8am until well past midnight. Every student checks in personally, every evening, with the Deans on duty. The Program Director, Deans, residential staff, and some members of faculty live in the residences, ensuring round-the-clock care and supervision.

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Program Blog

Every summer, students and teachers on La Academia de España maintain a blog, which provides unparalleled insight into daily life, classes, and activities.  Last summer’s blog is available here!

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