Since its founding in 1218, the University of Salamanca has had illustrious jurists, scientists, doctors and writers among its professors and students. Their works comprise the most valuable heritage of an institution dedicated to research and teaching for over 800 years. The University keeps their memory alive by linking their names to the ancient lecture halls of the Historical Building, with the well known Plateresque façade, which is not only the best example of this architectural style, but also a mirror in symbolic key of the relationship the University had with the monarchy and then papacy.
The Ohio Wesleyan University study abroad program in Spain is conducted in Salamanca during the fall semester. A city known for its prestigious university, Salamanca is located in the province of Castilla-León, approximately 73 miles northwest of Madrid, and is easily reached by bus, train, or car. A city rich in history and tradition, Salamanca contains many architectural treasures and historical sites which will be of interest to students.
In addition, the city's proximity to Madrid, to other culturally and historically rich cities and towns, and to a variety of geographical regions facilitates several excursions provided by the program.
The province of Salamanca (population 363,000), situated in the South-west corner of Castile & León on the borders with Extremadura and Portugal, covers an area of 12,336 sq. km (4,763 sq. m.). Lying on Spain's Northern Plateau (meseta), it forms part of the Duero river system where Paleozonic soils, poorly suited to cultivation, have resulted in a landscape of pastures, dotted with trees and bushy undergrowth. Winters tend to be relatively long, with minimum temperatures averaging around 42.8ºF, while the short summers are marked by average highs that never climb above 68ºF-71ºF. Spring and Fall are good times to visit Salamanca. The weather is generally reliably warm and sunny.