Study Abroad


The Spanish Area is proud to be affiliated with four faculty-led summer study abroad programs: 

SMU-in-Havana-Miami is a five-week, faculty-led summer program that consists of two courses in English: SOCI 3341: Social and Economic Change in Developing Countries (Deb Branch) and WL 3377: Havana as Revolution, Miami as Exile (Lourdes Molina), in which students explore the Cuban condition both on the Island and in exile. These courses will meet for two weeks online (one pre- and one post-trip), two weeks in Havana, and ten days in Miami.

SMU-in-Seville: Language & Internshipsis a five-week program based in Seville, Spain where students learn how to conduct business in Spanish while gaining invaluable internship experience. Students may also study engage in community service. Students will enjoy a visit to the famous Alhambra in Granada, the Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, and a day trip to Cadiz. Students may also attend a soccer game and learn about Spain's traditional Flamenco dance.

SMU-in-Madrid: Spanish, Culture, and Science is a five-week immersion program held during SMU’s first summer session. Students choose between two different academic tracks. The Advanced Spanish Track is a great opportunity for advanced Spanish-speakers to improve their fluency and cultural knowledge of Spain, and to work towards a major or minor in Spanish. For this track, students take two of the five offered courses. This immersive track is recommended for advanced students and students who have completed (or placed out of) SPAN 2302, with a strong interest in Spanish culture and literature. All students earn six credit hours and participate in trips to other culturally and historically significant Spanish cities. 

SMU-in-Costa Rica: Spanish Language and Latin American Culture is a five-week intensive Spanish program taken at the National State University or UNA in Heredia. All students will receive six credit hours and will gain from the daily exchange with their Costa Rican families and local population. Heredia, a college town with a laid-back atmosphere for students, is a welcoming community with a small town feel, yet close to big-city attractions. Costa Rica is known throughout the world for its tropical forests, open-hearted people, coffee plantations and volcanic national parks.


SMU-Approved Semester Programs: 


The Spanish faculty recommend the following one- and two-semester programs as particularly attractive and useful for Spanish majors, minors, and any other intermediate or advanced students interested in improving their Spanish through an immersion experience in a challenging academic setting: 

BCA Abroad, University of Barcelona, Spain

CIEE Service-Learning Program in Santiago, Dominican Republic

IFSA-Butler Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina

BCA Abroad, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Lima, Peru

***The Department of World Languages and Literatures only accepts SMU-approved abroad courses for course credit or for the second language requirement.  Only programs listed on the SMU Study Abroad website are eligible for approval for university credit of any kind.  We reserve the right to decline any petition for language courses from outside institutions.