Why Spanish at Iowa?

There are many reasons to study Spanish at Iowa! A renowned program with various courses and an understanding of how to leverage language skills after graduation!

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Do you feel yourself drawn to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking culture? Do you want to further your language skills? Engage with culture and language with us!

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Build knowledge. Conduct research. Create new work. Stand out among your peers. You're going places, and it all starts here.

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Useful in all walks of life: 

Business, politics, healthcare, the arts!

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230+ Million


Number of Portuguese Speakers

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480+ Million

Number of Spanish Speakers

News and Announcements

New Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Student Success: Dr. Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, PhD, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named associate dean for academic affairs and graduate student success in the Graduate College at the University of Iowa. Her appointment will begin July 1, 2024.

From language learner to language educator: how study abroad ignited a global career spanning three decades

Friday, February 2, 2024
Three decades ago, Melissa Ferrin (BA political science and Spanish ’95) participated in a study abroad program in Chile offered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) as a language learner. She currently teaches English at a small engineering school in Mexico called Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca (UTM). Here, she reflects on her international experience and gives valuable advice to students aspiring to enhance their education with global experiences.

Cultures of Spain

Friday, February 2, 2024
When I arrived in Spain, it was like nothing I had experienced before. I thought I had an idea of what I was getting myself into, but I was quickly proven wrong. Never did I think this trip was going to be filled with surprises and memories that will be told and remembered for years to come.


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