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Study Abroad Information

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese considers study abroad an important component of its program to produce culturally literate speakers of Spanish and Portuguese. Moreover, this educational experience abroad constitutes a way for the student to become better prepared for a professional, civic, and social world increasingly shaped by the multicultural and globalized environment of contemporary society.

Study Abroad Programs for Students Studying Spanish




Santander, Spain: Several years ago, the department established a summer faculty-led program for our Spanish students in Santander, Spain. For more information about the program, including course offerings, prices, and information sessions, click on the Study Abroad Office faculty-led programs webpage, or visit an academic advisor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  Deadlines for summer programs are December 1 (for priority consideration), and February 15 (final deadline).

Madrid, Spain: Beginning in the spring of 2016, the department will offer a semester-long, faculty-led program, “Advanced Spanish Studies in Madrid.”  During the month of January, students will take an intensive course taught by a UT faculty member. In February, when the semester begins in Spain, they will enroll in courses at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. Since this program is designed with Spanish majors in mind, students must have completed six hours of upper-division Spanish (including 327C or the equivalent) by the time the program begins. For more information on this program, contact Prof. Sutherland-Meier (madelinesm@austin.utexas.edu) or an academic advisor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.     

Antigua, Guatemala: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, in conjunction with the College of Education and the College of Fine Arts, also offers courses at Casa Herrera in Antigua, Guatemala. Students not only have the option of taking Spanish courses, they may also study K’ikche’ or Kaqchikel Maya, and take a wide variety of courses in English such as, Archeology of Mesoamerica, Ancient Maya Writing, History of Guatemala, and Religion and Culture in Latin America. For more information on the semester-long program sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, contact Paola Bueche (p.bueche@austin.utexas.edu). For more information on the faculty-led summer program sponsored by the College of Education, contact Dan Siefken (dsiefken@austin.utexas.edu).

Study Abroad Programs for Students Studying Portuguese




For Portuguese students, the department offers a summer faculty-led program in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. This program also contains a service-learning component. For more information about the program, click on the Study Abroad Office faculty-led programs webpage or visit an academic advisor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  Deadlines for summer programs are December 1 (for priority consideration), and February 15 (final deadline).

In addition, The University of Texas at Austin offers a variety of opportunities to enroll in other summer and semester-long programs that are coordinated between UT and Brazilian universities. More information can be obtained by visiting the Brazil Center webpage.

More Information on Study Abroad

The University of Texas at Austin has long-standing exchange programs with a number of universities in Spain and Spanish America as well as in Brazil and Portugal. It also has a number of affiliated studies programs. These programs are all searchable through the Study Abroad Office website: http://world.utexas.edu/abroad

The departmental undergraduate advising office (BEN 2.108) is the optimal first point of contact for students interested in study abroad. The advisors can discuss program options with you, help you plan curriculum, and alert you to the availability of scholarship funds to help pay for your program abroad. They also conduct information sessions about study abroad programs at various times during the semester.

¡Buen viaje! Boa viagem!

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