Spanish Travel and Study Abroad

Spanish Faculty-Led Study Abroad:

We have unique faculty-led short-term (summer or winter) study abroad programs in Argentina, Costa Rica, and Cuba. These can include family home stays, intensive language classes, internships, and excursions.

Spotlight on Study Abroad Story



Canisius has a unique program in Cuba where students live with families, take classes in Spanish language (with a Cuban flair), as well as a course on Cinema of the Revolution, and another on Cuban History, Culture, and Politics. In addition, students gain an intimate knowledge not just of Havana, but also of the provinces. Read more here.


In a semester-long program, Students are immediately immersed in Argentina’s history and culture through an exploration of Buenos Aires. Then, students move on to Mar del Plata, on the coast, to participate in a unique language learning setting at the University there. Over Winter Break 2016/2017, nine Canisius students participated in a 3-week study abroad at the National University of Mar del Plata. Before heading to this Argentinian beach town, students had an opportunity to visit some of the most emblematic places and neighborhoods in Buenos Aires such as Casa Rosada, Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetary, Puerto Madero, and La Boca. They also spent an afternoon in MALBA, The Latin American Museum of Buenos Aires, took a tour of the legendary Teatro Colón, and were taken on a graffiti tour around the northern Buenos Aires, a journey through recent Argentinian history and politics. Learn more here.

Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, students live with a family, take Spanish language classes, and participate in an internship specific to their other majors. Internships have included working in medical labs, doctors offices, dental clinics, schools, pharmacies, non profits, and government agencies.

Camino de Santiago

The department also has a program taking students on the arduous Camino de Santiago walk, following the path of pilgrims to the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. Read more here or here.

New York City

Students went to NYC to attend a talk at the Museum of Modern Art by Spanish fim director Pedro Almodóvar, at the end of his US tour promotoing his latest film Julieta. This was the culmination of SPA 453: Almodóvar y la Movida, a course dedicated exclusively to the filmography of the renowned Spanish director. The trip also included family home stays with Latina students in the class who are natives of NYC. Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honors Society also included 7 new members on this trip at the Hispanic Society of America. Read more about the trip.

Los Angeles

Students in a class on Latinos in the US went to Los Angeles to tour Gangland, meet reformed gang members and authors, tour a cultural center, and serve in a homeless shelter. Read more here.


Students in a class on plantation narrative took a field trip to Williamsburg, VA, where they toured the historic district and visited a variety of plantations.