Join a dynamic and caring faculty and study along with other motivated students.
Become a global citizen.
See where in the world your Spanish can take you.
The student learning outcomes identified here are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project). This document, a collaborative effort of nine national foreign language organizations, establishes a context that defines the central role of foreign language in the learning of every student. The standards, as well as our program outcomes and individual course objectives, suggest a paradigm shift in foreign language education that focuses on students’ ability to use the language in authentic situations.
Visit the ISU Study Abroad Center website to access information regarding their services and university-wide programs. In addition to this central office, each college at Iowa State has its own study abroad office, programs and scholarships to explore. To view these, visit our study abroad page and click on ‘Contact’ to view an interactive campus map, that provides links to all study abroad office pages. To search (and apply for) all study abroad programs, visit isuabroad, click on ‘Programs’, and refine your search (i.e. by city, country, program). NOTE: Study abroad is open to every student, regardless of field of study. Discuss your plans with your academic adviser as well as study abroad advisers on campus to plan your journey.
The Spanish faculty offers or supports a variety of study abroad programs in Spanish-speaking countries across the globe. Whether you are interested in learning Spanish for the first time, perfecting your existing Spanish skills, taking innovative courses in English, interning abroad, or undertaking service learning projects, our faculty will work with you to find the best program to fit your needs. Biology lab work or fieldwork in Spain? Community service projects in Peru? Business and Engineering internships abroad? We can help you do that! And you can get Spanish credit!
Students can select programs that are administered by ISU faculty and staff, or choose from programs provided by third-party providers.
For programs offered by third party providers in such locations as Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile or many other countries, start a search at ISUAbroad.
The Longer the Better.
Research shows that a longer experience abroad (6 weeks or more) is the best way to achieve the aforementioned goals. A longer program abroad provides ample time to improve your Spanish proficiency, increase your vocabulary, perfect grammatical structure. A longer study abroad also will help you get a better and higher paying job, too!
Sigma Delta Pi is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society for high-achieving students of the Spanish language. The local chapter at Iowa State University is Sigma Psi. A non-profit organization incorporated in the State of South Carolina, Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and partners with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language. The society was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1919. The website for the national organization, located at http://www.sigmadeltapi.org/, features Chapter Resources (including national by-laws and handbook), scholarship information, news and archives. Iowa State University’s Sigma Psi chapter of Sigma Delta Pi supports the study of Spanish among its members and the broader community, and it sponsors scholarship opportunities, service activities, cultural programming and meetings with others who love the Hispanic language, literature and culture. Applications for membership are available in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, 3102 Pearson on the Iowa State University campus.
Currently enrolled members of the Sigma Psi chapter of Sigma Delta Pi: Carly Johansen, Julie Nixon and Paige Zardzin. ISU Spanish Faculty members of Sigma Delta Pi are Professors Julia Domínguez, Chad Gasta, Rachel Haywood Ferreira, Eugenio Matibag and Elisa Rizo. The Faculty Advisor for Sigma Delta Pi is Professor Eugenio Matibag.
The ISU Spanish club is an environment outside of the classroom where those who have a passion for the language/culture may get together and converse, participate in activities, and meet other Spanish-loving ISU students. It is a way for students to get extra practice speaking and using the language in a less formal setting. The club organizes many word games, holds at least one movie night every semester, is involved in recycling initiatives, and occasionally has speakers come in to talk about study abroad and career opportunities in Spanish as well as other cultural topics. In the past, the Spanish club has also organized trips to the Latino Heritage Festival in Des Moines and has been involved in activities such as “Miércoles Verde,” where students picked up trash in order to keep the ISU campus clean. At the end of the semester, the club gets together for dinner at a restaurant in Ames.
Each year the Department of World Languages and Cultures recognizes students for their excellence. The students who received awards in Spanish were each nominated by faculty members independently, and then selected from a very competitive pool of superlative students by the entire Spanish faculty.