Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Spanish - speaking countries

Spanish is the official language in twenty-one countries and is the third most widely-spoken language in the world, after English and Mandarin. More than 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide, and the importance of that language is growing. No matter what Spanish-speaking country you choose to study in, you will encounter melting pot of cultures, cuisines, beautiful landscapes, diverse architecture and friendly people as well as both modern and historical thought. Fulga Shir (BAH '14 in Philosophy and Spanish) spend a semester at the University of Salamanca. She remembers her time there:

Arriving in Salamanca I found myself becoming a part of an international microcosm. Salamanca is considered to be the Oxford of the Spanish world. Thus, students from all around the world choose Salamanca to pursue their Spanish studies while on exchange. Salamanca does not have a specific stream for non-native speakers, which means I was thrown into classes with native Spaniards. I could not think of a better way to immerse myself in the language. In my eyes, Salamanca provided the perfect set up for mingling with the locals as well as getting to know people from all around the world.

Study abroad in Spanish-speaking countries advisor:
Dr. Jan Mennell
Office: Kingston Hall 401
Phone: 613-533-2115
Email: djm4@queensu.ca

Queen's Partner Universities

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (Argentina)
    The Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina has campuses in the cities of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Rosario, Paraná, Mendoza and Pergamino. The main campus is located in Puerto Madero, one of the most modern neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. It is considered, according to a 2011 study by the Spanish Ministry of Education as one of the best private universities in Latin America. It is the second university preferred by Argentine employers and the sixth in all Latin America.
    Students must meet the “Intermediate Advanced” standard during the language placement test. If this standard is not met, Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL) courses are offered prior to or during the study abroad period for a reduced fee. Some courses are offered in English through the Latin-American Studies Program. At least Queen's SPAN 204/205 or equivalent required in order to participate in this exchange.
    More information about the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina

  • Pontíficia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)
    The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) is one of the six Catholic Universities existing in the Chilean university system and one of the two Pontifical Universities in the country, along with the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso. It is also one of Chile's oldest universities and one of the most recognized educational institutions in Latin America. Since it is a Pontifical University, it has always had a strong and very close relationship with the Vatican. It was founded on June 21, 1888 through a decree issued by the Santiago Archbishop.
    Only a limited number of courses are offered in English. Students wishing to attend PUCC should enroll in an intensive Spanish Language course (offered at the university) either prior to the study period or during the semester. The program is free of charge to exchange students. Students must have at least 4 semester of Spanish at a university or equivalent in order to participate in this exchange. More information about the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

  • University of Havana (Cuba)
    The University of Havana or UH is a university located in the Vedado district of Havana, Cuba. Founded in 1728, the University of Havana is the oldest university in Cuba, and one of the first to be founded in the Americas. Originally a religious institution, today the University of Havana has 15 faculties (colleges) at its Havana campus and distance learning centers throughout Cuba. Students can participate in one-semester long exchange only.  Lectures are offered in Spanish only. Participants in this exchange must have the equivalent of two years of university-level Spanish. A placement test will be administered by the Faculty of Arts and Letters on arrival.

     

  • Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
    The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey -ITESM), was founded 1943 by a group of successful Mexican entrepreneurs. Currently, there are 31 campuses around the country that make up the Tecnológico de Monterrey Education System. Specifically, the Monterrey Campus has received both national and international recognition for providing 69 years of academic excellence to its students .The Institute is known for becoming the first university ever connected to the Internet in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking world, having one of the top graduate business schools in the region and being one of the leaders in patent applications among Mexican universities. From learning Spanish and Mexican culture to working with a company in Monterrey or taking regular university courses in English, students will find a program that is perfect for their study abroad experience. More information about the Monterey Institute of Technology
     
  • Universidad de Navarra (Spain)
    The University of Navarra is a private pontifical university based at the southeast border of Pamplona, Spain. It was founded in 1952 by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, as a corporate work of the apostolate of Opus Dei. Through its five campuses (Pamplona, San Sebastián, Madrid,Barcelona and New York City), the University confers 35 official degrees. One of the University of Navarre’s special characteristics is the effort put into personalized education. In 2008 there was a ratio of one teacher to five students. Another outstanding feature is the varied origin of the students: 65% of the students come from other parts of Spain or else from other countries. In 2012, the New York Times ranked the University of Navarra's IESE within Top 50 Universities in the world, placing it at number 34. More information about the University of Navarra
     
  • Universidad de Salamanca (Spain)
    The University of Salamanca, founded in 1218, is a medium sized university with over thirty thousand students. It is the second most popular university in the country for students wanting to study outside their home districts. Salamanca draws undergraduate and graduate students from across Spain; it is the top-ranked university in Spain based on the number of students coming from other regions. It is also known for its Spanish courses for non-native speakers, which attract more than two thousand foreign students each year. Today the University of Salamanca is an important center for the study of humanities and is particularly noted for its language studies, as well as in laws and economics. Students must complete at least SPAN204/205 or equivalent in order to participate in this exchange. More information about the University of Salamanca

     

  • Universidad de Sevilla
    The University of Seville is a university in Seville, Spain. Founded under the name of Colegio Santa María de Jesús in 1505, it has a present student body of over 65,000, and is one of the top-ranked universities in the country. Seville is the 2000-year-old artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Andalusia in southern Spain; it is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir. The university's stated mission is to educate the students who will do the research and development necessary to scientific and technological innovation. This is reflected in the number of degrees offered; students attending the university have a choice of 65 different subjects and one of the widest ranges of academic and sporting facilities in Spain, making it a popular university for both Spanish and international students. Most courses are offered in Spanish, some may be available in English. Completion of SPAN 204/205 or equivalent is required in order to participate in this exchange. More information about the University of Seville
     
  • Universidad Complutense (TASSEP)
    The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is an institution with a long history and broad social recognition. UCM aspires to be among the foremost universities in Europe, and a reference Centre for Latin America. is a public research university located in Madrid, and one of the oldest universities in the world. The university enrolls over 86,000 students, and consistently ranks as the top university in Spain. It is located on a sprawling campus that occupies the entirety of the Ciudad Universitaria district of Madrid, with annexes in the district of Somosaguas in the neighboring city of Pozuelo de Alarcón. Universidad Complutense offers intensive Spanish language courses free to TASSEP students, running approximately September 10th to 30th. Another course is offered in February. Students must request the course when they apply.This exchange partner is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). It is only open to students in the sciences. More information about the Complutense University of Madrid
     
  • Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (TASSEP)
    The University of Santiago de Compostela - USC, is a public university located in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. It is one of the oldest extant universities in the world. The university traces its roots back to 1495, when a school was opened in Santiago. The university dedicated itself to scientific progress and the discovery of new technologies. In addition to this, the university does not just concentrate on the field of science but also the arts and humanities which feature so highly in its culture and history.
    At least SPAN 204/205 or equivalent required in order to participate in this exchange, but the USC offers a free four week intensive Spanish language course (4 hours per day) for TASSEP students during the month of September. This exchange partner is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). It is only open to students in the sciences.
    More information about the University of Santiago de Compostela
     
  • University of Pais Vasco, Bilbao Campus (TASSEP)
    The University of the Basque Country (Bilbao Campus) is the only public university in the Basque Country, in Northern Spain. In a prosperous region stretching along the Atlantic coast of northern Spain, the people of the Basque Country are the custodians of one of Europe's most ancient languages and cultures. Yet, they not only have a high esteem for tradition, but are also remarkably forward-looking and have established a highly regarded industrial sector. The region's success and scientific and technological progress are underpinned by the University of the Basque Country, a vibrant 30-year-old institution with 45,000 students, 5,000 world-class academic staff and state-of-the-art facilities
    At least SPAN 204/205 or equivalent is required to participate in this exchange, but during the first two weeks of September, before the first semester starts, there is an intensive Spanish language course which is free for exchange students. This exchange partner is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). It is only open to students in the sciences.
    More information about the University of the Basque Country
     
  • University of Pais Vasco, San Sebastian Campus (TASSEP)
    One of the University of the Basque Country- the San Sebastian Campus. At least SPAN204/205 or equivalent required to participate in this exchange. San Sebastian offers intensive Spanish language courses in September before classes begin as well as year long Spanish courses for foreign students. Both are highly recommended for TASSEP students. This exchange partner is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). It is only open to students in the sciences.