Romance Languages

Study Abroad

Students in Hispanic Literatures & Cultures majors are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester studying abroad.  As a rule study abroad programs require students to take a language course selected according to the program's evaluation of the student's proficiency. Students receive university credit for such courses but they do not count toward the Spanish or Iberian Studies majors.  In order to fulfill requirements for the Spanish-section majors (and a second major, if appropriate) on time, students should consider carefully both the number and kind of additional courses they will take while abroad. To this end majors should be sure to consult in advance with their Spanish-section advisors and advisors in other majors (if pertinent) about the courses they will take while studying abroad, especially if they have any doubts about which courses will count.

Wesleyan runs programs in Madrid, Spain (the Vassar-Wesleyan Program) and Puebla, Mexico.  Wesleyan University and Vassar College co-sponsor a program in Spain at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid for up to 20 students from each college and without regard to their choice of major.  SPAN 112 or the equivalent of two years of college-level Spanish is the prerequisite for participation in the fall term, SPAN 221 or the equivalent of five semesters for the spring term.  The program begins in August in Santiago de Compostela with a two-week course (Intensive Language and Civilization), which carries one Wesleyan credit, and it continues in Madrid in the fall and spring terms.  For students arriving in the spring term, the two-week immersion course takes place in January in Granada.  Students with Spanish 221 or the equivalent may apply for either term or for the entire year.  Single-term applicants with only two years of Spanish must enroll in the Santiago or fall term.  A regular faculty member from one of the sponsoring institutions administers the program in Spain.  All classes are taught by the regular faculty of the Universidad Carlos III.  Program participants have access to different types of courses: some are taught for students from a wide range of countries, others for Spanish students enrolled in the university's regular program of study.  The Carlos III curriculum includes a broad spectrum of courses in all fields, especially the humanities and social sciences, language and literature, history and government, sociology, anthropology, and art.  The cost of the program is approximately equivalent to that of staying on the home campus for the same period, and it includes round-trip transportation between New York and Spain. 

Students may receive a total of four credits toward the Spanish-section majors for course work taken on Wesleyan’s Program in Spain or on another program pre-approved by Wesleyan.  At least one credit must be taken through direct enrollment. With the approval of your advisor, courses worth at least .75 credit taken abroad may count as one credit toward the major.  Courses worth less may be combined and, when totaling 1 credit, count as a full credit toward the major.  Note that your advisor must approve all courses to be counted toward the major, and the key moment for this is when you register for courses on-site.  Bear in mind that, while a course worth 0.75 Wesleyan credit may fulfill a 1.0-credit major requirement, it still will appear on the Wesleyan transcript as 0.75 credit and count as such for graduation credit.

Wesleyan's program at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico is designed for students with the equivalent of one year of college Spanish.  The goal of the program is to provide an immersion experience that will enable students to reach fluency as rapidly as possible.  Innovative methods inside and outside the classroom help students build their language skills and cultural knowledge.  Students move from a module on language to modules on Mexico today, cultural history, and Mexican literature, and in the final three weeks undertake a research project.  Those participating in the program take intermediate and advanced Spanish courses equivalent to SPAN 111, 112, and 221 and, upon their return to Wesleyan, are expected to take an upper-level Spanish course.  

Students completing the Language Immersion Program in Puebla, Mexico receive one credit toward both Spanish-section majors (in lieu of Spanish 221) and may petition for an additional credit (for a maximum of two).

Students interested in studying abroad with a focus on an Iberian language other than Spanish (Castillian) [i.e., Basque, Catalan, Galician, or Portuguese] should review options with Antonio Gonzalez, the Interim Director of the Wesleyan Office of International Studies (OIS). 

For more information on study abroad programs run or approved by Wesleyan, consult the Office of International Studies (OIS) website at or visit the OIS at Fisk Hall 105.  You may also call the OIS at 860-685-2550 or write the Assistant Director of the OIS, Gail Winter, at  A detailed website on the Vassar-Wesleyan Madrid program can be found at