Established in 1218, Universidad de Salamanca (University of Salamanca) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Salamanca (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Castile and Leon. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Zamora, Ávila, Bejar, Villamayor. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, España (English: Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, Spain), Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) is a large (enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 798 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. USAL also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.