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Welcome to the Spanish section!

Join a dynamic and caring faculty and study along with other motivated students.

Map your future!

Become a global citizen.

See where in the world your Spanish can take you.

Gasta, Chad
Department Administration and Staff, Department Chair, Professor, Spanish

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. Please refer to the departmental document (linked above) for programmatic alignments listed below.

  • Spanish 97
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b
  • Spanish 101-102
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a
  • Spanish 201-202
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 4a
  • Spanish 297
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a
  • Spanish 301
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 3a
  • Spanish 303A
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a
  • Spanish 303B
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 4b
  • Spanish 304
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 2a, 2b, 4b
  • Spanish 314
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3b, 4b
  • Spanish 321, 322, 323
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b
  • Spanish 326
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b
  • Spanish 330, 331, 332, 333
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b
  • Spanish 351
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b
  • Spanish 352
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 4a, 4b
  • Spanish 354
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b
  • Spanish 370/370A
    • programatic outcome alignment: 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b
  • Spanish 401
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b
  • Spanish 440, 441, 445
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b
  • Spanish 462
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b
  • Spanish 463
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1b, 3a, 3b, 4a






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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.

Get out of Iowa for a while.

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.

Programs Directed by Spanish Faculty & Staff

Semester in Cuenca, Ecuador

Semester in Cuenca, Ecuador



Summer in Valencia

Summer in Valencia

ISU on the Mediterranean



Semester in Cáceres

Semester in Cáceres

“The best time of your life…”



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Third-Party Programs

For programs offered by third party providers in such locations as Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile or many other countries, start a search at ISUAbroad.

Study Abroad has many advantages.

  • Improve your language skills  and interpersonal communication skills. In a global society, learning to communicate effectively with colleagues, customers and clients is as important as ever. Second Language speakers have sharper reasoning skills, are more risk-averse, they possess greater interpersonal communication skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Do something you could not do at ISU. Students traveling abroad have the opportunity to work in laboratories, undertake internships in business, engineering, agriculture or education, or work in community service learning projects abroad. Each of these meaningful experiences “on the job” sets you apart from others and can lead to a meaningful career.
  • Do something really, really challenging! Studying abroad in another country is a great challenge, but doing so in another language is even more challenging!  Dare to improve your Spanish, understand other cultures and become not just bilingual but bicultural!
  • Gain new perspective on the world. Learn about traditions, ethics and mores, cultural differences, expectations, and socio-cultural points of view. These are excellent things to know not just for travel, but for work abroad.
  • Gain confidence and independence. Feel confident about traveling across the world, talking with people in different countries, and managing all sorts of situations that would stump most anyone else.
  • Make new connections and form lasting relationships. Meet people in the host country, new friends from ISU, connect with your professors—and keep these relationships your whole life.

Get ahead in the job market

  • Increase your paycheck and improve your employment opportunities. Did you know that students who study abroad generally increase their salary by more than 20%? And they generally have more job offers and better job opportunities. Your international experience will help you find a more fulfilling and better paid position!
  • Improve your decision-making, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills.Studying abroad improves self-confidence, the ability to resolve problems and helps you think critically about important problems. These skills in turn better prepare you for the classroom or the job sites.
  • Just risk it! Did you know that students who study abroad are better at confronting difficult or challenging situations and more likely to try and excel at new things, including working abroad or starting a business?  What employer would not want that?
  • Work abroad. Students who have spent a significant amount of time studying abroad are more likely to be chosen by their employer for both short-term and longer-term international assignments—even in countries whose language is different from the one the student learned!
  • Business is not conducted only in English. Studies indicate that speaking a language other than English is absolutely critical in business.

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


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.