Study Abroad

Approved Programs in Spanish Speaking Countries

Phineas in Madrid

A little bit of Swarthmore in Barcelona: Swarthmore's own
Phineas the Phoenix joins students studying abroad

Argentina | Chile | Costa Rica | Cuba | GuatemalaMexico | Peru | Spain | Uruguay

Study abroad is an enriching intellectual experience when it is fully integrated into the student's overall academic experience at Swarthmore. Since the principal educational advantages of study abroad are in-depth cross-cultural exposure and language learning, the best study abroad programs are those that maximize these benefits by fully immersing students in the host country's culture and society. This goal can only be effectively achieved by choosing full immersion study abroad programs. Pursuing academic coursework in English in a Spanish-speaking country does not comply with the academic goals and mission of the Spanish section.

The Spanish section encourages students to choose programs that build on previous language study. In order to be better prepared for academic work in Spanish, we recommend that students take a writing course in Spanish (010, 011, 022, 023) at Swarthmore prior to going abroad.

Students should meet with a Spanish faculty member to plan this study abroad and find the program that best suits their academic needs and interests. Students can choose from a wide range of destinations in Latin America and Spain from the list of approved programs that appears below.

Swarthmore students interested in enrolling in study abroad programs in Latin America or Spain and seeking to be accredited by the Spanish section, need to follow the policies and accreditation procedures. Majors and minors should check the academic requirements section for specific regulations. Upon returning from abroad, majors or minors must enroll in an advanced literature course in the section.

*Waiver of the study abroad requirement for students of Spanish: Majors and minors of Spanish who cannot go abroad for one semester due to academic or other constrains, should speak to the Section Head to discuss their circumstances. In special cases, depending on the student’s language proficiency, the study abroad requirement may be waived or fulfilled with a summer-long study abroad program identified and approved by the Section. For summer programs, only one relevant course taken abroad may count towards fulfillment of the minor or major. Please consult with the Section Head if you have any questions. 


Latin America

IFSA - Butler Univ.
in Mendoza
Mendoza is located in te Andes foothills and is the heart and soul of Argentina's wine country. Students take classes at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, which offers two program courses designed specifically for IFSA students. There are many opportunities for qualified students to participate in fine arts and musical activities. The city offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Knox College in Buenos Aires

As a student in Knox College's Study Abroad in Buenos Aires Program, you'll take courses at the University of Palermo, an urban university located in the Palermo neighborhood, and enjoy the benefits only available when you study abroad. Your fellow students will come from all across the Americas, other Latin American countries and Argentina, of course. All courses are taught in Spanish by University of Palermo faculty so to do well in the Knox College program, you should have completed 2 years of college-level Spanish, or its equivalent, beforehand. The program includes two educational field trips (Iguazú Falls and Patagonia). Several smaller trips within Buenos Aires give you the insider's perspective on the politics and organizations made up of local people working together to find solutions in their Argentine communities in which you'll be studying. Spanish majors/minors can take a variety of courses such as "Twentieth Century Latin American Art", "Latin American Literature", "Argentine Social Cinema", among many others.
IFSA-Butler University in Chile Students can choose between two programs: Santiago and Valparaíso. All university classes are integrated with degree-seeking students and taught by Chilean faculty. In Santiago, the program allows students to enroll directly in classes with local students at up to three different universities. In addition, the program offers two classes designed specifically for IFSA-Butler participants as well as a directed research project option. These classes, taught in Spanish by local professors, are intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Chile what it is today. The Valparaíso program allows you to enroll directly in classes at three different universities with local students. In addition, it offers three program classes (Contemporary Chilean Literature; Socio-Political History of Latin America; Advanced Written and Oral Spanish), and an internship (Internship in Community Action). Five semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent is required.
Tufts Unversity
in Santiago

The Tufts-in-Chile program allows students to study at the University of Chile in Santiago, one of the region's leading universities, for the fall semester or the academic year. The University of Chile, founded in 1738, is one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious universities. The resident director advises students on academic and extra-curricular activities, arranges for homestays with Chilean families and organizes special trips and activities. A full-time Tufts professor serves as a faculty adviser for the Tufts-in-Chile program. Students in the program take regular courses at the University of Chile, choosing from the hundreds of courses offered at its various faculties. Normally, foreign students take four courses a semester, chosen in consultation with the resident director. Interested students can be placed in internships and community service positions.

Costa Rica
IFSA-Butler University in Costa Rica The program is situated in Heredia at the Universidad Nacional and combines excellent academics with extensive opportunities to get involved in campus life and the surrounding community. Students can cross-enroll in a variety of departments and take classes with Costa Rican students. All coursework is in Spanish. Opportunities to volunteer are available for IFSA-Butler students in many different fields: environmental projects, working in rural communities, beach patrolling to protect turtles, community work in an indigenous town, or tutoring children after school. Four semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent is required.
Sarah Lawrence
College in Cuba
This program is built on the Sarah Lawrence College philosophy of small classes and opportunities for individual research. It offers a wide range of elective courses in the humanities, social sciences, visual and performing arts, and film studies, all of which are taught by recognized experts in their field. All classes are taught in Spanish. You should expect most of your classmates to be Cuban. The core seminar course (designed exclusively for Sarah Lawrence in Cuba students) is conducted through Centro de Estudios Demográficos (CEDEM), a unique research center at the University of Havana. This core seminar course examines gender, health, education, and sustainable development.
  *Students interested in studying in Guatemala should contact Prof. Nanci Buiza (nbuiza1) to find a program.
 Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City

The Universidad Iberoamericana is a prestigious private institution of higher education in Mexico City that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Students with advanced proficiency in Spanish enroll directly in courses with local students, and can choose from a wide-range of subjects, including Latin American history, Mexican literature, film, psychology, and more. All courses are taught in Spanish by local university professors. There are also language and culture programs for students who are in the process of acquiring language proficiency. The program also offers many educational field trips in and around Mexico City, which presents students with the opportunity to experience Mexico’s rich history and complex modern society. Students have the option of living with local families or sharing apartments with other students. The university also offers an Academic Social Engagement Program for students interested in service learning and working with the local community. 

IFSA - Butler Univ. in Lima The program facilitates direct enrollment in classes with Peruvian students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), one of the highest ranked universities in Latin America. The program also offers two courses designed specifically for IFSA participants (“Advanced Academic Writing and Peruvian Culture” and “Peruvian Social Reality”), as well as a required service-learning component through community service and research with major NGOs in Lima. Interested students have the opportunity to enroll in the Social Constructions of Gender and Community Based Organizations concentration. Archaeology majors can work at Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Incan site from the Lima culture that dates from 0 to 700 AD and is still under exploration.
Middlebury School in Uruguay Located on Uruguay's southern coastline, Montevideo boasts the usual cultural and entertainment facilities of a major city. It is a cosmopolitan city of primarily Spanish and Italian heritage but there is also a significant African influence. Students live in homestays, study with local students, and pursue internships. They enroll directly alongside their Uruguayan peers at one of Middlebury's three host institutions: the Universidad Católica del Uruguay, the Universidad de la República, or the Universidad ORT. At ORT, students can take engineering and computer science courses as well as courses on Jewish studies, among others. Students need to have completed the Spanish language program, and have taken at least one content course taught in Spanish.



Hamilton College
Academic Year
in Spain
It is a hybrid program offering small liberal arts-oriented classes as well as the opportunity to enroll directly in the Madrid University system. Students can also participate in a professional internship program, which combines the Spanish immersion experience with opportunities to make a difference in the local community. The program offers students the opportunity to develop true linguistic proficiency and in-depth knowledge of the many facets of Spanish life. Spanish must be spoken at all times, both in and outside of class; all students are required to sign a pledge to this effect before their arrival in Madrid.

Middlebury School in Spain: Madrid

Perfecting Spanish competency through guided language immersion and facilitated social and cultural integration is what motivates students at the School in Spain. Well in advance of leaving the U.S., students are encouraged to reflect upon how they want to achieve their goals while in Spain; once in Spain, students work with staff to find ways of integrating into the Spanish language and culture by exploring their own interests..

The Sede Prim in Madrid, the headquarters of the School in Spain, houses the undergraduate as well as the graduate programs. This facility, run by Middlebury College, offers an academic program designed specifically for its students. The city of Madrid provides students a wealth of intellectual and cultural possibilities and enjoys a central location, making travel to various regions of the country convenient.

This program offers the opportunity to take a few courses in Spanish universities, Universidad Carlos III and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Advanced level students can be enrolled directly at one of these universities.

NYU Madrid

At NYU Madrid, students advance their command of Spanish while engaging with European traditions and culture. Established in 1958 as NYU's first global academic center, NYU Madrid offers students with little or no Spanish language skills the opportunity to take intensive Spanish courses to build towards proficiency in one semester. During the spring semester, students with advanced Spanish language skills may enroll in up to two courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Homestays with Spanish host families encourage students to build a deeper connection with Spanish culture and provides an opportunity to practice speaking in a more casual environment. An Intercambio Program brings NYU Madrid students together with local college students to practice their Spanish and make friends.

Madrid is the political and cultural center of Spain and one of the liveliest and friendliest capital cities in Europe, replete with magnificent architecture, world-class museums, and delicious cuisine. Students at NYU Madrid enjoy a semester of rich cultural experiences that complement their studies, whether they’re on a class trip to the Museo del Prado to learn firsthand about Goya's masterpieces or at an out-of-the way tapas bar on Cava Baja.


The Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona [CASB], a collaborative initiative of Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Northwestern, Stanford, Cornell, Harvard, and Princeton universities,  provides students with a unique opportunity to have direct access to four distinguished Spanish universities. The program capitalizes on the already strong academic linkages existing between the Hispanic Studies departments from each of the U.S. consortium members and their counterparts in Barcelona and fills an important education abroad niche in arguablySpain's most dynamic and avant-garde city.

The Semester/academic year program is designed for students who are looking for serious and rigorous academic study alongside local nationals. Its main objective is to achieve the highest degree of integration of its students into the academic, social and cultural life of the city. The Student Handbook Fall 2013 contains all the necessary information about the structure and contents of the program.

Bucknell en España Bucknell en España is an exciting study abroad program for students who seek a high quality academic and residential experience in Spain.

The program is affiliated with the Universidad de Granada and its Centro de Lenguas Modernas, where students enroll in courses from a variety of disciplines. Very advanced students planning to spend the entire academic year or the spring semester may enroll directly in a course at the Universidad de Granada to complement their studies at the CLM.

Universidad de Granada, one of the most highly regarded in Spain, is home to more than 50,000 students and affords Bucknell students the opportunity to interact with their Spanish peers. Bucknell students may take advantage of the rich cultural and intellectual life that a university community provides as well as participate in extra-curricular activities organized by the university.

* There are many other good quality programs in Spain that can be considered. Please see Professor Guardiola, or any Spanish faculty member, to consider other alternatives in different Spanish cities.