Cultural Enrichment, Activities & Sports

The Cultural Enrichment and Activities programs ensure that whenever students are not in class they have a wide range of opportunities available through which to further immerse themselves in local life and culture.  From museum tours to choral concerts, sports and movie-nights, students have multiple options every day to satisfy their creative, intellectual, and gastronomic ambitions. The Activities Directors transform the program sites into laboratories in which students can actively, and safely, engage with their exciting surroundings.

Activities & Sports 

Students may choose to participate in structured activities or take advantage of the hundreds of other opportunities each city provides. Our athletic program includes aerobics, yoga, fitness classes, and sports such as swimming in the Río Tormes, tennis, and soccer, as well as opportunities to play basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, touch football, or go jogging.

Many students use their free time to pursue individual interests. On any given day, one might find our students browsing an antiquarian bookshop, paddle-boating on the Río Tormes, enjoying the insights of a guest lecturer, visiting exhibitions in local museums and galleries, or simply watching the world go by from a café in the glorious Plaza Mayor. There is plenty of time for fun, relaxation, sightseeing, and socializing with new friends.

Cultural Enrichment

Our extracurricular program maintains a healthy balance between study and leisure time that allows students to relax and unwind. The Activities Directors organize a full daily program of elective social events and sports. These typically include dances, quiz nights, talent shows, and jam sessions, as well as many sports and activities.

In Salamanca, students are able to immerse themselves fully in the sounds and spirit of the Spanish language. They visit Salamanca’s old (12th century) and new (16th century) cathedrals, and enjoy the Baroque Plaza Mayor, considered to be one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain. Our Activities Directors plan visits to Casa Lis, the Museum of Art Deco and Art Nouveau, picnics in public gardens, and outings to music and theater performances hosted in university courtyards or in the Cueva de Salamanca, a cave where the devil was rumored to have taught classes in black magic until Queen Isabella ordered it blocked off in the 15th century. 

In the afternoons, students have the opportunity to continue practicing their language skills through a variety of afternoon talleres including calligraphy, flamenco, and improv workshops, or through our sports program. The residence is just a short walk from the university’s Salas Bajas sports facility, which includes a gym, soccer and rugby fields, tennis, paddleball, beach volleyball courts, and a small golf course. Students can also jog over the 1st century Roman bridge and along the banks of the Río Tormes.