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.
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.
Students who want to advance their Spanish language skills have an opportunity to participate in a 3-week long program at the National University of Mar del Plata. The program lead by Dr. Margaret Stefanski takes place every Winter Break. 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 2017/2018, ten 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, saw the Nutcracker Ballet at 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.
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.
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.
Canisius has partnered with Universidad Iberoamericana to provide a month long experience for students, staff and faculty from Canisius. The four weeks consist of classes at the university, home stays with families within the community, field trips, excursions every weekend, delicious food, rich culture, and of course, Spanish.
El cambio de la curiosidad
En la misma línea se pronunció Margaret Stefanski, de la Canisius College de Buffalo, Nueva York, quien puso el foco en el cambio “post viaje”
“El cambio es increíble. Muchos de estos chicos salen de su país por primera vez y, a veces, es la primera vez que salen de su propio estado, así que es un choque cultural increíble”, señaló.
“Pero al volver, que los tengo a menudo en mis clases, se puede ver la confianza que ganan, tanto en sí mismos como en sus habilidades lingüísticas. También, y esto creo que es lo más importante, les despierta una curiosidad por el mundo. Muchos, después de experimentar todo lo que han experimentado este mes en Mar del Plata, deciden seguir viajando. De repente, también, son más conscientes de lo que pasa en el mundo, algo muy importante en estos días para los americanos”, concluyó.
En Mar del Plata el programa está a cargo de las profesionales Andrea Menegotto y Adriana Cortés, quienes recibieron una lluvia de halagos por parte de quien fue el fundador del programa. “Nada de esto podría haberse logrado sin ellos”, aseguró Pellicer.
Sigma Delta Pi/Scholarships for Study Abroad
The Department of Modern Languages, Literature, and Cultures performs an induction of new members of Sigma Delta Pi, chapter Chi Tau every academic year. Eligible undergraduate and graduate students who are active members of Sigma Delta Pi may apply for grants and scholarships for use during summer and the academic year to study abroad in Spain or Spanish America. National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi) honors "those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples". Inductees must meet the following requirements: completed three years of study of college-level Spanish (eighteen semester credit hours) or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior (third-year) level; a minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish courses taken; rank in the upper 35% of his/her class–sophomore, junior, or senior–and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work.