Salamanca is quite simply the perfect place to study Spanish in the summer. The vibrant, exciting city, with its graceful sandstone buildings, is one of the most beautiful in all Europe. A learning center since the Middle Ages, located two hours northwest of Madrid in the historic Kingdom of Castile, its 13th century university is one of the most prestigious in the world. With its three universities, two cathedrals, and Plaza Mayor, one of Europe's most attractive main squares, Salamanca was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1988 and was the European City of Culture in 2002. The Program's ideal location in the historic center enables students to become immersed in the vibrant cultural and social life of this magnificent city.