We live in a complex multicultural society, and it is our duty to educate you and give you the resources to thrive in the world we live in. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese strives to increase your cultural and linguistic understanding within the transnational and regional contexts where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken.
Therefore, we encourage you to spend some time studying abroad, exploring different cultures, and immersing yourself in a language for proficiency and fluency. Within our department, we offer:
- Language, Literature, and Culture in Barcelona, Spain (Summer)
- Language and Culture in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Summer)
- Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil (Summer)
- Globalization and Afro-Brazilian Culture in Salvador, Brazil (Winter)
- Semester in Salamanca, Spain (Spring)
- Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Semester or Academic Year)
- University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica (Semester or Academic Year)
- Student Initiated Programs in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America
If you are interested to study abroad in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country, we encourage you to plan your academic career carefully with the help of Academic and Study Abroad advisors. Please review the Office of Study Abroad guide for help in studying abroad in Spanish or Portuguese. In general, you should know that:
- With careful planning you can study abroad and still graduate on time.
- The minimum eligibility requirements to study abroad are the completion of one semester on campus and a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Some programs may have additional eligibility requirements.
- Study abroad is a great way to satisfy your KU Core requirements. Therefore, you might consider reserving some of your KU Core classes to take abroad.
- Scholarships are available for study abroad both through the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, KU Office of Study Abroad and national organizations. You should research your opportunities early.
- There may be certain courses within the Spanish and Portuguese curriculum that you should plan to take at KU. Meet with our Academic Advisor to learn more about any restrictions that may exist in your curriculum so that you can effectively plan for a study abroad experience.
Although we strongly encourage students to take advantage of every opportunity to enhance their linguistic and cultural knowledge, study abroad is not required to complete a Spanish major.