Spain

Study Abroad

Living in another country and learning about other cultures while experiencing the everyday pulse of the place is one of the most valuable experiences in a college education. The Spanish department encourages all Spanish majors to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture by studying in a Spanish-speaking country either in Europe or Latin America. Summer session, quarter-, and even year-long programs are available.

Studying abroad is not necessarily more expensive than the regular tuition plus room and board at UCI, and in some cases may be cheaper. UCI financial aid is available for students planning to study abroad.

Courses taken abroad count towards your Spanish major. Technically, a student can count up to seven classes taken abroad for his/her major. However, students should be careful about completing required classes which may not have an equivalent EAP course. Cautious planning and consultation with the director of undergraduate studies will be extremely helpful in planning a productive study abroad experience.

Some points to keep in mind:

As stated in the UCI catalog, all EAP courses taken abroad must be approved by 
(a) the Spanish Undergraduate Director and (b) the Office of Humanities 
Undergraduate Study (HIB 143). 

Course approval typically involves the following: 

(1) presentation of syllabi and other pertinent course materials (term papers, exams, etc.) 
from the foreign host university, and (2) submission of a UCI humanities petition form 
(to be completed after student’s return to UCI) to the Undergraduate Director of the 
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and to the Office of Humanities Undergraduate Study (HIB 143). 

Students are advised to consult with (1) the Office of Undergraduate  Studies and (2) the Undergraduate Director both prior to and after their stay abroad.

UCI is constantly expanding its offerings of program abroad. Students may want to consider some of the following programs:

Program/Country

Type of Curriculum

Term

Spanish Language Prerequisites

UCEAP Argentina - Buenos Aires

Language

Fall, Spring

none

UCEAP Argentina - Buenos Aires

Latin Studies

Summer

none

UCEAP Chile - Santiago

Full Curriculum

Fall, Spring, Year

minimum 2C or equivalent

UCEAP Mexico - Mexico City (UNAM)

Full Curriculum

Fall, Year

minimum 2C or equivalent

UCEAP Mexico - Mexico City (UC Center)

Field Research

Fall

minimum 2C or equivalent

UCEAP Spain - BarcelonaGranada,Madrid

Full Curriculum

Fall, Spring, Year

minimum 2C or equivalent

UCEAP Spain - Madrid (Carlos III University)

Hispanic Studies

Fall, Spring

minimum 2C or equivalent

UCEAP Spain - Madrid (Carlos III University)

Full Curriculum

Spring

minimum 2C or equivalent

UCEAP Spain - Madrid (UC Center)

Language & Culture

Summer

no minimum; max 1C or equivalent

UCEAP Spain - Cordoba

Language & Culture

Fall, Spring

exactly 1C or equivalent (no more, no less)

IOP Various

Various

Various

Various