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 World Languages and Literature Study Abroad

Study Abroad

The department of world languages and literature requires Spanish majors to participate in a Spelman-approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country for at least one semester, and strongly encourages all major and minor students to have a study abroad experience.

The department recognizes the unique opportunity inherent in foreign study to further develop students’ abilities in oral comprehension and speaking as well as to improve their reading and writing skills. Study abroad also provides students with a broader understanding of the culture of the host country, current affairs, traditions, socio-cultural problems, and, from the study of its past, the relevance of its history to contemporary events.

For the semester or year-abroad programs, the department urges that only students who have completed the intermediate level of the target language participate. These students must be in good standing with the College. Students may enroll only in a study-abroad program that has been approved by the department and the Curriculum Committee. It is the student’s obligation, before departing to the host country, to have her classes approved by the department(s) from which she will be awarded college credit. The College reserves the right to determine the maximum number of credits a student may receive.

Department-Sponsored Summer Study Programs

The department of world languages and literature sponsors summer programs in most of the languages we teach. In these programs, students spend 4-5 weeks living with a host family, they take classes in language and culture at a local school, and they take excursions to nearby sites of interest. Students who have completed the intermediate level of the language may begin participating in these programs as early as the summer of their first year.

Upon successful completion of our programs, students receive up to eight hours of language credit. Our department sponsors programs in Chinese, French and Spanish. We also cooperate with the Japanese Studies Program for summer study in Japan.

Depending on the year, students may participate in one of the following departmental programs:

Chinese
One month of study in Chinese language and culture at a university in Shanghai.

French
One month of study on the island of Martinique where students live with host families and study French language and French-Caribbean culture.

Spanish
  • Costa Rica: One month of study in San José, Costa Rica, where students live with families and study Spanish language and culture. This program is recommended for students with interest in social or environmental issues and community service.
  • Dominican Republic: One month of study in Santiago, Dominican Republic, where students live with families and study Spanish language and culture. For students with interest in current social, political and economic issues in the Caribbean that affect Dominican life.
  • Ecuador: Five weeks of study in Cuenca, Ecuador, where students live with families and study Spanish language and culture. This program is recommended for students with interest in the Andean cultures of South America and in visiting an area of great biodiversity.
  • Mexico: Five weeks of study in Oaxaca, Mexico, where students live with families and study Spanish language and culture. This program is recommended for students with interest in studying the history and culture of this important neighbor to the U.S. and in its rich indigenous and Afro-Mexican heritage.
  • Spain: One month of study in Málaga, Spain, where students live with families and study Spanish language and culture. This program is recommended for students with interest in the culture of Spain and its ties to Africa and the European community.