Georgetown´s program in Salamanca is overseen by an on-site Resident Director, who reports to the Office of Global Education in Georgetown. The Resident Director oversees all aspects of the program and serves as an intermediary with our two partner institutions in Salamanca: the Universidad de Salamanca and the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca. She is available on a round-the-clock basis in case of emergencies.


Resident Director: Marina Elias.

Originally from the United States, Dr. Elias has been the Resident Director since 1999. She holds a B.A. in Music from Bryn Mawr College, and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been living in Spain for almost 20 years.


Before classes start:

Your orientation prepares you for Spanish academic life and guides you through the class selection and registration process. During orientation and the add-drop period, Direct Matriculation students also receive advising from advanced level Spanish students from different facultades (“schools”).

Continuing Academic Support, Direct Matriculation Program:

Tutoring: You can receive optional individualized help in your classes. Most peer tutors are classmates or graduate students recommended by professors. Click here for more information on tutoring

Individualized writing support: Optional individual sessions with a writing tutor help you review class assignments and continue to polish your writing skills.

Conversation and grammar workshops: Optional workshops give you an opportunity to target and work on Spanish language skills. Click here for more information on language support

Continuing Academic Support, Intensive Language Program:

You can request individual tutoring on a regular weekly schedule or on an as-needed basis. Since you have fewer hours of class in your pre-session month, you are especially encouraged to take advantage of individual tutoring sessions at this time.


Mentor students. These volunteer Spanish university students are “cultural ambassadors” who accompany us in some social and cultural events.

Language exchanges: The Universidad de Salamanca has an on-line sign-up for individual language exchanges with Spanish students. Group program-organized language exchanges may be set up throughout the semester if a sufficient number of students sign up. 

Intercultural workshops: In our adaptation workshop at the beginning of the semester, you will develop some basic tools for processing cultural differences. In a re-entry workshop at the end of your stay, you will reflect on your experience in Salamanca and gain some perspective on return to the US.


Workshop with Cultural Trainer

Spanish Mentor Students