The Department of Spanish and Portuguese strongly encourages all students interested in these languages, and particularly those pursuing a major or minor in our department, to study abroad for at least one summer or semester term. Start talking to advisers in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Emory College Study Abroad early in your college career to plan for these opportunities.
Note: Our department does not grant credit for study abroad in non-Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries.
Departmental summer programs
Our Spanish and Portuguese faculty direct three summer programs:
- Argentina: The Argentine Studies Summer Program in Buenos Aires, for students at the Spanish 212 level and above, includes courses in human rights and global health.
- Brazil: The Portuguese Language Immersion and Brazilian Culture Summer Program in São Paulo, held every other year, is a collaboration with the Department of History and is open to students with beginning Portuguese or advanced-intermediate Spanish.
- Spain: The Iberian Language and Culture Summer Program in Seville and Salamanca is open to students of all levels, from Spanish 101 through 400-level seminars.
Each of these programs is worth eight credits and fulfills the two-semester language General Education Requirement. The eight credits may be applied toward a major or minor in this department and in some cases toward other degree programs -- see the links for details. The application deadline for summer programs is March 1st.
Semester in Spain
The Semester or Year in Spain is another excellent option for Spanish majors and minors. We have a longstanding relationship with the University of Salamanca, the oldest university of Spain, with an onsite director and a dedicated classroom and study space to support Emory students. A large number of Salamanca courses are pre-approved for credit in Spanish and other programs such as Political Science and Biology.
Spanish majors and minors planning to study in Salamanca must consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Spanish prior to departure. As with other semester programs, up to 6 credits from the semester in Salamanca can be applied toward the Spanish minor, 12 credits toward the Spanish major or the major in Spanish and Portuguses, or 15 credits toward the joint major in Spanish and linguistics.
Our students may also be interested in Emory-approved semester programs in Portugal, Argentina, and other countries. Please see the section below for more information about gaining Portuguese or Spanish credit from these programs. The application deadline is March 1st for fall semester and October 1st for spring semester.
In addition to the Emory programs listed above, Emory College Study Abroad has approved a number of other semester programs in Spanish- and Portuguese speaking countries.
The following five programs, which allow for direct enrollment at top local universities, are especially well suited for Spanish and Portuguese majors and minors:
- Argentina: IFSA-Butler: Argentine Universities Program, Buenos Aires
- Brazil: Pontificial Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
- Chile: IFSA-Butler: Chilean Universities Program, Santiago
- Peru: IFSA-Butler: Peru
- Portugal: Study in Portugal Network
Students can also improve their Spanish and earn credit in these other exciting semester programs:
- Chile: SIT Chile: Public Health and Traditional Medicine
- Costa Rica: ACM Costa Rica: Language and Culture / Tropical Field Research Program
- Costa Rica: Duke OTS Costa Rica: Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet
- Costa Rica: Duke OTS Costa Rica: Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change, and Human Health
- Costa Rica: ICDS Costa Rica
- Nicaragua: SIT Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media
- Panama: SIT Panama: Troupical Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation
At the Emory College Study Abroad: Programs page, you can download a list of courses that have been blanket-approved for Emory credit. These courses do not require individual consultation with our department. Students who wish to receive Spanish or Portuguese credit for other courses must consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in Spanish or the Director of the Portuguese Program (DPP) both before and after their term abroad.
Before Study Abroad: Provisional Approval of Courses
Before going abroad or enrolling in any course, students must contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Spanish (currently Prof. Katherine Ostrom) or the Director of the Portuguese Program (currently Prof. Ana Teixeira) and submit a course syllabus. Most language classes from study abroad in Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries are approved at the 100 or 200 level. Culture courses can be pre-approved for 300-400 level credit when they meet the following criteria:
- The course is taught in Spanish or Portuguese.
- It relates to study of the Hispanic or Lusophone world.
- It deals with topics included in our Departmental curriculum. The scope of these topics is very wide, but they generally relate to the Humanities: Literature, Linguistics, Film, Theater, Philosophy, History, etc.
- The topic should be approached in a critical way and include textual analysis. (Most types of texts are valid, including film and art manifestations..
As in our own department, 300-level courses have a panoramic perspective (e.g., a course on Argentine literature from the 19th and 20th century). 400-level courses are focused on a narrower aspect or topic (e.g., a course on the Estado Novo in contemporary Portuguese film, or a course on multilingualism and linguistic policy in Spain. For more examples, you can check out the course descriptions for our current 400-level seminars in OPUS).
If the student has to modify their registration subsequent to arrival overseas, they must contact the DUS or DPP to get pre-approval for all changes.
Please be advised that the provisional approval can only be granted by the DUS or DPP. A registration and/or program application signed/approved by another faculty or staff member is not sufficient for departmental credit.
After Study Abroad: Final Approval
Provisional approval of courses does not guarantee final approval.
Once students return from a study abroad program, they need to meet with the DUS or DPP a second time to complete the credit approval process. The student is responsible for collecting and presenting the following materials:
- a complete syllabus, including reading list and grade distribution, for each course;
- the provisional approval notification from the DUS or DPP (normally a printout of an email from the relevant faculty director);
- all papers written for each course. For 300-400 level courses, only research papers with significant bibliography (similar to the ones you write in our 300-400 courses) will be accepted Papers lacking bibliography or without evident signs of critical research will not meet this requirement. Length of the paper should be 9-12 pages for a 300-level course or 12-15 pages for a 400-level seminar. (In both cases bibliography is excluded from this page count.)
The delivery of all these materials to the DUS or DPP is a crucial step in the final accreditation process. Without them, we cannot grant Spanish or Portuguese academic credit, even if the courses were provisionally approved. It remains at the discretion of the the Spanish or Portuguese faculty director to determine whether the work done in this class merits credit in our programs.
If students cannot identify an existing Study Abroad-approved study abroad program that meets their compelling academic needs, they may submit the Non-Emory Study Abroad Program Petition to request approval to receive transfer credit from another study abroad program. All petitions are reviewed by the Education Abroad Committee (EAC), and the decision of the EAC is final. Please see the page on Non-Emory Study Abroad Programs for more information on this process.
As part of your petition, you may be required to meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Spanish or the Director of the Portuguese Program. These Departmental representatives will only consider provisional approval for Spanish or Portuguese credit under the following circumstances:
- The study abroad program is in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country;
- The course is taken is taken at an accredited higher education institution (college or university).
If your petition is approved by the EAS and you enroll in the program, you must still present course materials upon returning from study abroad in order to receive Spanish or Portuguese credit. Please see the information about Final Approval in the section above on Course Credit for Other Study Abroad-Approved Programs.
The majority of courses for the majors and minors in our Department must be taken with Emory faculty. Please be aware of the following limits on study abroad credits:
- Students may apply a maximum of 12 credits from approved study abroad programs toward the Major in Spanish or the Major in Spanish and Portuguese.
- Students may apply a maximum of 15 credits from approved study abroad programs toward the Combined Major in Spanish and Linguistics.
- Students may apply a maximum of 6 credits from approved study abroad programs toward the Minor in Spanish or the Minor in Lusophone Studies.
Courses taught in our summer programs in Argentina, Brazil, and Spain are considered Emory courses and do not count against these limits.
Spanish majors and minors must take at least one 400-level class with Departmental faculty, either on the Emory campus or as part of our faculty-led summer programs in Spain or Argentina.