Spanish Language

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These pages are currently under revision, and may not have a complete list of programs. Please contact Hannah Nevitt to explore all program options.

Interested in studying Spanish language & culture abroad? The following programs offer significant coursework and immersion opportunities for Spanish language. This is meant to highlight a variety of programs by region. Please note there are many other options available beyond what is listed. This is not a guaranteed list for credit transfer. Students must obtain department advisor approval for fulfilling degree requirements. Students must apply to both the provider through the links below, and to WWU Education Abroad

University Catalog Information: Spanish BA, Spanish Language w/Teaching Endorsement Option BA, Spanish Minor can be found using the Course Description search feature. Note that these are not the only degree programs in their respective fields.

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Joan Hoffman

Advisor for Spanish Language

Office: MH 222A, No office hours available during finals week.

Advising Info

Credits may be transferred towards a Spanish major or minor if the courses are:

  • Taught entirely in Spanish,
  • Sufficiently academic and deal with Hispanic language, linguistics, literature, or culture (at the discretion of the Spanish advisor),
  • Graded A-F or S/U, but not pass/fail.

Majors must complete SPAN 401 on campus.

Why Consider Degree in Spanish?

After you decide on a program and the courses you will take abroad, you must complete the Departmental Academic Advising Esign Form with your academic advisor. The form must be completed before your program commences.

Please see your academic advisor before committing/applying to your program to make sure it meets your degree requirements.  

Review Your Degree Works  

Web4U > Student > Student Records > Degree Works. Follow steps to see what you have completed, and what you still need for your degree plan. At least 50% of the credit hours required for the major/minor must be earned at Western.   

An official transcript from your program must be sent to Education Abroad for processing upon completion of your program.  

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Program Options

Study Abroad Provider

  • Independent organizations that facilitate or administer study abroad programs for students
  • Quarter, semester, academic year, calendar year, and summer
  • Pay a program fee that includes tuition, housing, etc. (varies)
  • More services provided
  • Often includes excursions, onsite pickup, varied housing options
  • Part time internships can be available for credit

Faculty-led Global Learning Program

  • WWU faculty organize and lead academic programs abroad
  • Quarter, summer, and academic breaks
  • Earn WWU credits and learn from WWU faculty abroad while studying with other WWU students
  • Pay tuition and fees at WWU in addition to a program fee for onsite costs

Western Exchange

  • Bilateral agreements between WWU and universities abroad to exchange students
  • Chance of placement is high
  • Semester and year-long options
  • Pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & board paid onsite
  • Take courses with international students at universities abroad
  • Eligibility requirements vary
  • More independent and less services

ISEP Exchange

  • ISEP stands for International Student Exchange Program
  • Students can choose from over 135 universities in 36 different countries
  • Students provide ISEP with a list of preferred sites. Chance of placement varies from site to site.
  • Semester & year-long options only
  • Pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & board paid to WWU
  • Take courses with international students at universities abroad
  • More independent and less services provided

Research, Fellowships & Grants

CEA Affiliate Student Discount/Scholarship

All WWU students receive an automatic program discount off CEA program fees.

Award amount: Academic year $2000 + $500 flight voucher, Semester $1000 + $500 flight voucher, Summer $500 + $250 flight voucher

CIEE - Gilman Go Global & GAIN Grants

Just by applying for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, students participating on CIEE Study Abroad programs will automatically receive Go Global grants! GAIN Grants available for students using a Pell Grant, and helps cover airfare.

Award amount: Semester $2500, Summer $1000

ISA - International Studies Abroad - WWU Affiliate Scholarship

International Studies Abroad (ISA) – WWU Affiliate Scholarship

Education Abroad is offering a limited number of scholarships for students participating in any of the International Studies Abroad programs. These scholarships will be applied to the total program cost of International Studies Abroad.


• Must be accepted to one of International Studies Abroad programs.
• Must have a 2.75 GPA.
• Must be in need of financial assistance (not necessarily on financial aid).    

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

For Pell Grant eligible students

Award amount: Grants averaging up to $3,000 for Summer, $5,000 for Semester/Quarter, $8,000 for Critical Language Study

Central America

Costa Rica

  • CEA - Veritas University, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter
  • USAC - Heredia, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter
    • Students can earn up to 2 years of Spanish language in one semester!
  • ISA - Intensive Month Combo Costa Rica, Spring Semester, Spring Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter
    • Winter program is $6,995 for 12 quarter credits of intensive language study!
  • ISA - Heredia, Summer Quarter


    • Intermediate Spanish 202

Puerto Rico; USA

  • ISEP - University of Puerto Rico - Pay In-State Tuition & Fees!, Fall Quarter, Academic Year

    Good Chance of Placement.

    • Students taking courses in English need A2 level of Spanish
    • English courses in Marine Biology/Marine Sciences, Engineering, Math, Geology/Earth Science, Physics, and Philosophy
    • Apartments and Excursions included.



North America

South America







West Indies

Dominican Republic