Undergraduate Advisor: D. Jan Mennell
Kingston Hall, Room 401
The Department of Spanish and Italian highly encourages students to participate in study abroad opportunities. Students can either take a course(s) during the Spring/Summer months, a term, or their third year abroad and acquire a transfer of credit on a Letter of Permission or an International Letter of Permission. Whether students take one course, or their entire third year abroad, they will learn about the historical, social, political and cultural aspects of the country, along with being immersed in the language.
"My exchange to Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago Chile was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The Universidad Catolica offered a variety of courses about Chilean and Latin American culture specifically for exchange students, as well as many opportunities and organized activities to meet others. Apart from the excellent academic experience, it was also an incredible place to live. Chile has a spectacular landscape with enormous mountains as well as beaches, allowing you to swim at the beach, go skiing and play golf all in the same day!
Although I had a fairly traumatic experience during the 8.8 magnitude earthquake, it allowed me to connect with many Chileans and provided students with an opportunity to help. Myself and 6 Chilean students created Operation Talcahuano and raised $48,000 to build 10 houses in the port city of Talcahuano 7 hours south of Santiago. This opportunity and the many other volunteer programs that are offered by Catolica challenged me and allowed me to give back to the Chilean community."
Sarah Nation, BA(Hons.), Spanish and Latin American Studies