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Why YOU Should Study Abroad

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:

  • First-hand experience of a new culture
  • Traveling while educating
  • Expanding career possibilities
  • Making life-long new friends
  • Making decisions away from home
  • Opening up opportunities for graduate school

A Message from the School of International Letters and Cultures

“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.”

- Professor Nina Berman, Director School of International Letters and Cultures

Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

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
Year 2


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
Year 3


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
Year 4


Fall - Spring Option 6: Complete a fall semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program

General Advice

General Advice

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.

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • 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.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

  • Call (480) 965-6281 to schedule an appointment with a SILC academic advisor.

  • Visit a SILC advisor during walk-in hours on the 4th floor of the LL building.

Key questions to ask

  • 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?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

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.

  • Stop by the Study Abroad Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email  or Live Chat with them on the Study Abroad Office website.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

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.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

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.

Review Cost Sheet

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.

Research Funding

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:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;

  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;

  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.

Financial Aid

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?

Major-Specific Scholarships

The School of International Letters and Cultures offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply.

Community-Based Funding

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!

Attend Financing Workshop

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.

Helpful Links

Recommended Programs

Although Spanish majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School of International Letters and Cultures recommends the following programs.



Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Spain
Unique Features: Experience the historical Spanish city of León. The time in the city of León includes several field trips including a visit to a Templar Castle and to Las Médulas, the most important gold mine in the Roman Empire. Students will spend a weekend in Barcelona discovering architecture, painting and cultural achievements by figures such as Gaudí and Picasso as well as enjoying world-class Spanish cuisine. Adding to the cultural experience, students are housed with carefully selected host families in León.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Argentina
Unique Features: Earn six credits in a variety of Spanish language, literature and civilization courses, and examine the history and scope of human rights in Argentina with particular attention to the "Dirty War" (1976-1983) and its aftermath. A tango lesson introduces Argentine language and culture as we visit traditional sites in Buenos Aires including Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, Puerto Madero and La Boca, to name a few! The program also includes a visit to Colonia—a town frozen in time—in neighboring Uruguay.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Mexico
Unique Features: Spend five weeks in Mérida, Mexico learning Spanish in the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. Mérida, a pleasant and safe colonial city with a tranquil lifestyle and all modern-day conveniences, is the perfect place to study the Spanish language and Mayan culture. To maximize language immersion, students will reside with local Mérida host families, take classes with ASU instructors and interact with local Mérida experts in Mayan culture.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Spain
Unique Features: This four-week program is designed to give participants a comprehensive view of the rich and unique cultural history of southern Spain. It combines features of a traditional study abroad program with visits to Granada (overnight), Córdoba (one day) and a four-day traveling seminar to Madrid. The visits emphasize art, geography, history, gastronomy, language and literature. By the end of the program, students will have a thorough knowledge of southern Spain and its Arabic/Jewish heritage.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Spain
Unique Features: Great for advanced Spanish speakers, students can take courses in Spanish language and Hispanic studies at the University of Valencia (UV)--a well-respected and fully-accredited university. As Spain's third largest city, Valencia is located on the Mediterranean coast approximately 200 miles south of Barcelona and is often referred to as one of Spain's more modern cities. Celebrations and festivals throughout the year provide an excellent opportunity for students to witness Spanish character at its best.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Spain
Unique Features: Improve your Spanish through intensive language courses, immersion in Spanish culture, volunteering opportunities, internships, workshops, conversation partner program and excursions. Enjoy optional tours/field studies in locations such as Madrid, Spain or Morocco, which will allow you to practice the Spanish skills you will be gaining! Join in local celebrations, open air markets, and the lively atmosphere of the Mediterranean lifestyle. You can even enroll in University of Alicante courses with other Spanish students if you have advanced language proficiency.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Spain
Unique Features: Improve your Spanish through intensive language courses, immersion in Spanish culture, volunteering opportunities, internships, direct enrollment at the university, workshops, conversation partner program and excursions. Live in a stunning location on Spain's beautiful northern coast, twenty minutes from the border of France, with easy connections to Madrid, Bilbao, and other major European cities. When not in class, students can enjoy San Sebastián’s well-known cuisine and beautiful beaches.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Chile
Unique Features: Improve your Spanish through intensive language courses, immersion in Spanish culture, volunteering opportunities, internships and excursions. Experience Santiago's diverse cultural blend of Native, Spanish and international residents, and explore the outstanding natural beauty of a country flanked by the Andes and the Pacific. Enjoy the benefits of a large urban city that has preserved the hospitality and accessibility of a small community.