Working with your academic advisor and the Office of International Education (OIE) you can plan an an experience that fits your academic and personal goals.
Why study abroad?
Students of all majors benefit from studying abroad, but especially as a Spanish major, you can:
- enhance your Spanish language skills in an immersion setting
- develop and deepen your intercultural skills by living in Latin America or Spain
- broaden your world view and deepen your understanding of yourself
- examine your values and beliefs in new ways
- prepare for life after college by becoming a globally engaged citizen
How will study abroad count toward my major? Will it take me longer to graduate?
With planning, you can study abroad and graduate on time. Your Spanish academic advisor or professor will help you to plan for study abroad and determine how many credits you may apply toward the major. The Spanish Department actively encourages and supports our majors and minors who go on study abroad, and we try to give credit accordingly. Many students take general education and elective classes in addition to one or two credits in the major. This varies widely based on your program of interest and your individual degree requirements.
An OIE advisor can help you to find a program that matches your academic needs and helps you to meet your personal goals and interests as well.
When should I study abroad?
Programs are offered during the summer, fall or spring semester or for a full academic year.
Spanish majors typically study abroad as juniors. Meet with your Spanish academic advisor or professor in the fall of your sophomore year to discuss your options to study abroad.
Summer programs are open to students at all levels, unless otherwise noted.
Can I afford to study abroad?
Yes! Willamette-sponsored semester programs are comparable in cost to being on campus for a semester and most forms of financial aid can be applied. See the OIE website for more details about program costs and additional expenses to consider.
Scholarships for study abroad are available and can be found on the OIE website. It is critical to begin to research scholarships early, even before you apply for study abroad.
How should I choose a program?
Explore! Just as you spent time researching colleges before deciding on Willamette, you will want to spend time investigating programs abroad to ensure a good fit.
- Research class offerings to know whether there are classes that meet your academic needs.
- Consider your personal goals for the experience and seek out programs that will help you to meet them.
- Investigate which programs offer support services you may need during your time there.
- Meet with a Spanish advisor or professor.
- Meet with an OIE advisor.
Programs for Spanish majors to consider:
The Spanish department recommends the following programs for majors:
- Ecuador Summer language program. Willamette faculty-led language intensive program in partnership with ACLAS. Summer only.
- Ecuador, Quito. Willamette-administered program, directed by ACLAS and partnered with Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Fall only.
- Spain, Granada. Willamette-administered program on behalf of ILACA consortium, and partnered with the Center for Modern Languages, University of Granada. Fall or Spring.
- ISEP exchange locations in Spain and Latin America (see What is ISEP? and also the list of Spanish ISEP sites available for credit toward Spanish degree requirements)