Spanish at the University of Salamanca throughout History

In 1218 the prestigious Universidad de Salamanca was founded by King Alfonso IX of León, becoming the first existing Hispanic university.patio escuelas university salamanca

In 1492 Antonio de Nebrija published in Salamanca the first Grammar of the Castilian language, which included an appendix to teach Spanish to inhabitants of new lands.  Since then, the University has worked diligently to maintain this ancient effort to extend Spanish all over the world.

In the summer of 1929, the University established the Chair of Spanish Language for foreigners.  Publicist and writer Dr. Garcia Boiza was named Chair and was tasked to document the history of the Castilian language.

The matriculation for two months was 30 pesetas; housing in modest hotels cost between five and eight pesetas, and in the most luxurious, between ten and fifteenpesetas.

For those first courses, eleven students were present; six British, two French, one Japanese, one American and one German.

university facade salamanca spanish campusAfter these humble beginnings, Spanish courses continued through the civil war, but slowly faded in the early 1940s, only to be revitalized in the summer of 1963.  Since then, they have continued to prosper and have proceeded to the present-day uninterrupted with the name of Cursos de Lengua y Cultura españolas (Courses of Spanish Language and Spanish Culture).

Since 1988, in the Bylaws of the Universidad de Salamanca state as one of its main purposes “the promotion, exaltation and diffusion of the Spanish language”.

During the 1980s, the Universidad de Salamanca began to produce and propagate  its own materials and courses begin to be offered year-round. Eventually, Cursos de Verano becomes Cursos Internacionales.