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Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. Culture teaches us about ourselves and how to prepare for the challenges of life, and foreign cultures broaden that perspective to include other peoples whose lives may be both notably different from and remarkable similarly to our own. Our programs provide immersion in the societies in which Spanish is spoken, as well as a diverse array of individual and group experiences that effectively open those societies up to enriching personal experiences. Studying abroad enhances your experience of the diversity of the world and the way in which knowledge of such diversity make each one of us better human beings and citizens.
Probably one of the key experiences when majoring in Spanish is to test the skills acquired in the classroom in a country where the language is spoken, and to further advance your learning in a real-life setting. But study abroad is not only about language, it comprises many other benefits as well:
“Languages are gateways into the world, and they function in particular cultural and historical contexts. In order to be able to use language skills in meaningful ways, we also need to acquire cultural literacy. Our Study Abroad programs provide you with both an opportunity to enhance your language skills and an experience of the cultural context in which languages live. In addition to a wide range of enhanced career opportunities, studying abroad affords you a unique experience that you will remember for life.”
With advance planning, and working closely with Spanish faculty members and your academic advisor, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. As a School of International Letters and Cultures Spanish major or minor, the optimal time to study abroad is when your language proficiency is at the intermediate level (201/202 or above). If you wish to study abroad before you reach this level, we recommend that you have at least one semester of language before participating in a language program abroad. Review our recommended options below:
|Year||Term||Recommended Student Action|
|Year 1||Fall - Spring||Begin researching study abroad programs; speak with Spanish faculty members or meet with a SILC advisor, and visit the Study Abroad Office website to review programs in Spain, Mexico, and in Central or South America.|
|Summer||Option 1:Complete a summer study abroad program|
||Fall- Spring||Option 2: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program|
|Summer||Option 3:Complete a summer study abroad program|
||Fall - Spring||Option 4: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program|
|Summer||Option 5: Complete a summer study abroad program|
||Fall - Spring||Option 6: Complete a fall semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program|
Advice from the School of International Letters and Cultures
The School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) recommends that you speak with Spanish faculty members and meet with your SILC major/minor academic advisor to help guide you in deciding which program will best help you to achieve your academic and personal goals. SILC has provided a list of study abroad programs that have been reviewed and recommended for students majoring or minoring in Spanish. Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your intermediate SPA 201, 202, or upper division SPA major or elective courses.
Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.
Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.
Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.
Call (480) 965-6281 to schedule an appointment with a SILC academic advisor.
What are my remaining degree requirements?
How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?
How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress?
Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad? Are there any that I cannot take abroad?
Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?
Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?
Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.
No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.
Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.
You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.
Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:
Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?
Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?
The School of International Letters and Cultures offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply.
Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!
Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.
Although Spanish majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School of International Letters and Cultures recommends the following programs.