Check out our current Study Abroad programs!
A key component of the Spanish major is that students are required to have a minimum 10-week experience abroad in order to advance their command of the Spanish language and immerse themselves in the Hispanic culture of Latin America or Spain. Students can fulfill this requirement in different ways:
- Faculty-led programs. Students may earn TAMU credit towards their major or minor by enrolling in a semester or summer program directly sponsored by the Department. TAMU students from other departments with an interest in the Spanish language and culture are welcome to participate in these sponsored programs and earn college credit.
- Reciprocal Education Exchange Program. Students may earn TAMU credit in a reciprocal program approved by the Department. Currently, Hispanic Studies does not offer its own reciprocal programs, but the Office of Study Abroad has options in Spanish-speaking countries. In order to have SPAN or HISP credit for courses taken abroad, these courses must be pre-approved by our Advising Office.
- Independent Study. Students have the option of participating in semester/summer study abroad programs made outside service providers approved by the university and the department. In all instances, students participating in these programs require pre-approval prior to departure to ensure that courses taken abroad are credit-bearing and applicable to their degree plan. Many of these providers have agreements with Texas A&M and information about locations, deadlines, and cost is available through the Study Abroad Office.
- Non-credit bearing experience abroad. Students may participate in an experience abroad without earning college credit, as long as they demonstrate participation in pre-approved internships, charity programs, or other non-academic venues done in a Spanish-speaking country. University programs such as the Public Policy Internship Program or the MSC LT Jordan Institute for International Awareness offer great opportunities for Spanish majors to gain valuable experience while interning at international locations. Students can also find their own internship opportunities through outside agencies. In some cases, students may earn credit for some of these experiences by enrolling in Spanish 484 and completing the course requirements even while living abroad.
Alternatives to Study Abroad
For students who have financial or personal reasons that prevent them from participating in study abroad, the Department offers several alternatives that take advantage of the multicultural nature of Texas and the Brazos Valley. Under faculty supervision, students may engage in local volunteering, interning, or job-related activities that may be considered equivalent to an international experience. In order to count as such, these activities must be long-term and require the development of intensive Spanish language skills. In the past, our students have volunteered at both Bryan ISD and College Station ISD, at the Brazos Interfaith Immigrant Network , Health for All, St. Joseph’s hospital, and a number of other organizations that offer services to Spanish speakers. If you are interested in these options, please talk to our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Bertin Ortega.
Advising for Hispanic Studies
Location: ACAD 107
ADVISING HOURS NON-MAJORS/MINORS
Appointments with Dr. Arizpe ( study abroad pre-approval packets )
Monday & Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm
Friday 2:00-4:00pm by appointment only
Location: ACAD 129C
PRIVATE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM VENDORS
The Department of Hispanic Studies strives to enhance our students’ learning experience by maximizing class time. For that reason, we have agreed not to allow private vendors to come into our regular class meetings to promote study abroad programs. Please refrain from contacting faculty directly to obtain their permission to attend their classes; they will have to decline. Please note that we will be happy to make available to our students any study abroad promotional materials we receive.