The Department of Spanish and Portuguese strongly encourages study abroad as a means of cultural and linguistic immersion and typically recommends the junior year. Please see the Office of Study Abroad for information about programs, scholarships, and health and safety abroad, and consult with the departmental study abroad advisor in order to plan coursework.

Check out this article about where Isabella Rivera (world language education and Spanish), a Diversity Ambassador Scholarship recipient (now the Global Access Ambassador Scholarship), talks about her study abroad experience in Chile; she participated in ISEP Direct: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Chile in spring 2023.

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The University of Iowa's Department of Spanish and Portuguese directly sponsors two summer faculty-led programs:

The Iowa Regents Summer Program in Valladolid, Spain, which includes five weeks of classes and one week of travel. Students should have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish (the equivalent of the General Education sequence) to participate in this program and earn 7 credits in Spanish. Classes include grammar and conversation, culture and literature. Students live with host families.

Cultures of Spain is a four-week UI resident-credit summer course held in Madrid that offers participants an overview of the cultural landscape of Spain through an interdisciplinary approach to its art, history, and daily life. The course consists mainly of field trips within Madrid and its neighboring regions and cities.


Scholarships are available for study abroad programs sponsored by The University of Iowa. For more information on scholarships and funds available to help cover the costs of travel, in addition to application procedures, contact Study Abroad at 319-335-0353, 1111 University Capitol Centre. 

Learn more about the Global Access Ambassador Scholarship