Founded in 1218, the university is one of the four oldest in Europe (alongside Bologna, the Sorbonne and Oxford). Today it remains among the most prestigious universities in Spain. It is based in the city of Salamanca itself, a World Heritage Site which boasts of a wealth of historical and art treasures, and whose activities revolve around student life; it is the number one university city in Spain.
Today, Salamanca University serves 37,000 students, 3,000 of whom are postgraduate, and has 3,000 faculty members. In addition to the 37,000 students, each year 7,000 foreigners come to study on exchange programs and, in particular, to take courses in Spanish language and Spanish Culture. In fact, the research, the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language, and the training of teachers of Spanish currently form one of the hallmarks of the university’s reputation throughout the world.
The University of Salamanca is also responsible for the creation and evaluation of the official certificates of Spanish as a foreign language [DELE], issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.
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