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 Education 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 four summer programs:
- Argentina: The Emory Argentine Studies Summer Program in Buenos Aires, for students with 300-level Spanish and interest in public health, will be held in May-June 2023.
- Brazil: The Emory Brazilian Studies Program in São Paulo will return in June 2023.
- Portugal: The Emory Portuguese Studies Program restarted in summer 2022 and will run every other year. Contact Prof. Ana Catarina Teixeira for details.
- Spain: The Emory Iberian Studies Summer Program returned in 2022 and will be expanded in May-June 2023 with levels 101 through 408.
Each of these programs is worth between 6 and 8 credits and counts toward majors or minors in this department as well as the language GER. The application deadline for summer programs is February 15th.
Semester in Spain
The Emory Salamanca Program in Spain, available every fall and spring semester, 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, two courses from the semester in Salamanca can be applied toward the Spanish minor, and four courses can count toward the Spanish major or the major in Spanish and Portuguses.
The application deadline is March 1st for fall semester and October 1st for spring semester.
Other Approved Semester/Academic Year Programs
In addition to the Emory programs listed above, Emory Education 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: ICDS Costa Rica
- Panama: SIT Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation
As with the Emory Salamanca program, the application deadline is March 1st for fall semester and October 1st for spring semester.
Non-Emory Study Abroad 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.
Spanish or Portuguese Credit from Semester or Year Abroad
Emory facutly-led summer programs abroad, students take Emory courses and there is no need to establish credit equivalency. This is also true for most courses in semester or year program in Salamanca. In order to gain Spanish or Portuguese credit for other programs in Spanish- and Portuguese countries, you will need to apply for pre-approval and final approval from the department.
Before Semester/Year Abroad: Provisional Approval of Courses
As part of the application process for a semester or year abroad, you will familiarize yourself with the courses being offered in your program and submit a plan of which courses you plan to take. Some courses have been blanket-approved for Emory credit and do not require further consultation with the Emory department. If you wish to receive Spanish or Portuguese credit for other courses, your request will be sent to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in Spanish or the Director of the Portuguese Program (DPP) for provisional approval.
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 consult with the Study Abroad office and with the DUS or DPP to get pre-approval for all changes.
After Semester/Year 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 in Spanish or the Director of Portuguese 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 before study abroad;
- 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.
Limits on Major/Minor Credit from Study Abroad
The majority of courses for the majors and minors in our Department must be taken with Emory faculty. Please check the limits on how many courses or credits from semester study abroad can be counted toward the major or minor on each program degree page. (Courses taught in our summer programs in Argentina, Brazil, Portugal and Spain are considered Emory courses and do not count against these limits.)