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.
Our faculty direct summer programs in Spain, Argentina and Brazil. Each of these is worth eight Emory credits toward our degree programs. In some cases credits may be applied toward other degree programs.
For other summer and semester programs in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, students may apply up to twelve credits toward one of our majors or six credits toward one of our 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 courses in the Emory en España semester program are pre-approved for credit in Spanish and other programs. Students wishing to apply credit from the semester in Salamanca toward a major or minor in Spanish must consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies prior to departure.
You can search for other programs in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries at the CIPA website. Please see below for more information about credit from these programs.
Our department does not grant credit for study abroad in non-Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries.
Please see the CIPA website to find out about other programs in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, including Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, and Portugal. A few of the courses in these programs have been blanket-approved for Spanish or Portuguese credit and do not require individual consultation with our Department.
Students who wish to receive Spanish or Portuguese credit for other courses must meet 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 or the Director of the Portuguese Program 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 will be official only after the DUS or DPP has signed the course registration form or has e-mailed the student an official provisional approval notification. A registration and/or program application signed 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 CIPA-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 at the CIPA website 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 CIPA-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 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 this maximum.
- 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.