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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Languages & Literatures



Study Abroad

The University of Denver's Spanish program strongly encourages Spanish majors and minors to participate in approved study abroad programs throughout the Hispanic world.

Through the Cherrington Global Scholars program, every eligible junior or senior has the chance to take advantage of this unique opportunity. To see currently offered programs, and for general information, visit the Cherrington Global Scholars website.


  1. Identify a site where you want to study. Visit the Study Abroad Office for advice and information.
  2. Information regarding course approval and advising can be found within the Spanish Program Guidelines.



In Latin America, indigenous, African and other influences have blended to produce some of the world’s most notable expressions of the human experience, as can be seen in the region’s literature, music, art and dance.

Studying abroad in Latin America will expose students to these cultural expressions, as they live and learn in such places as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, México, Panamá and Perú. Additionally, students will experience important issues like globalization, development and the environment in a whole new way.

Students can study with a DU partner program or with an unaffiliated institution. Some students choose to study in multiple locations during the same academic year. Qualified students can also pursue original, field-based research projects through internships with local and native indigenous communities.


Salamanca and Granada are two wonderful cities with excellent universities. Nevertheless, there is a very large number of international students in both cities, making it difficult for students who study in these places to interact with and get to know Spaniards.

For that reason, the Spanish section recommends that Spanish majors and minors go to either the Universidad de Alicante or the UIMP in Santander. Both are well-known and distinguished institutions, with much smaller numbers of American and international students.



Spend your summer in Santander, the most beautiful bay in Spain! This is a University of Denver faculty-led program, offered in conjunction with the Universidad Internacional Mendez Pelayo (UIMP). For more information, visit the Santander Portfolio page.


For study abroad advising and course approvals, contact the adviser listed below that corresponds to the region in which you plan to study.

• Spain: For sites in Madrid or Bilbao: contact Prof. Alicia Barrón-López, all other sites in Spain contact Prof. Sergio Macías, Sergio.Mací
• Latin America: For sites in Argentina, Perú, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, contact Prof. Paula Adamo, sites in Chile, Ecuador, México, Costa Rica, or Misc. Latin American themed courses in other parts of the world contact Prof. Chad Leahy,


Caitlin in MeridaName: Caitlin
Location: Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
Program: Mérida, Mexico
Duration: Four months

"When I decided to study abroad in Mexico, people always asked me why I didn't choose somewhere less familiar and more exotic, but between swimming with whale sharks, zip lining over cenotes, staying in modern-day Mayan villages and visiting ancient Mayan ruins, life in Mexico was exciting every day.

Mérida is the perfect place to improve your Spanish, learn about Mayan culture and have adventure after adventure. My absolute favorite part was experiencing el Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead)—it changed my whole outlook on life and death. I also loved swimming in caves and sink holes, traveling around the Yucatan peninsula, making friends with locals, spending time with my host family and getting to know the beautiful city I lived in.

Before leaving for Mexico, studying abroad seemed very daunting. I'm not going to say it wasn't challenging at times, but looking back, it was also one of the most rewarding things I've ever done."

Hannah in SalamancaName: Hannah
Location: Salamanca, Spain
Program: The University of Salamanca
Duration: Five months

"I studied abroad at the University of Salamanca, which is the oldest University in Spain. I chose my program in Salamanca because it allowed me to enroll in classes alongside Spaniards instead of taking classes with other Americans. Taking classes with local Spaniards really pushed me to speak, write and understand Spanish at a level on par with my native Spanish-speaking classmates.

By the end of the semester, I was living and breathing the language. I was able to travel around Europe in my free time, and I made a few Spanish friends along the way too!"