Students in Spanish have the opportunity to choose among a great number of study abroad programs. Yearlong programs are available in Lima and Madrid, and semester-long options include Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Spain. For summer study, students may choose to visit Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, or the Dominican Republic. For short-term study abroad, Costa Rica is an option. The top destinations are Spain, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.
Our yearlong or semester-long Madrid program, known as “WIP,” is shared administratively with the University of Wisconsin and Purdue University. It is currently directed by Professor Dinverno. This is a venerable program at the Complutense University. Acknowledging the importance of this program to Indiana University, IU President Michael McRobbie participated in its 60th anniversary celebration in Madrid in May 2018. We typically send 10-20 students on this program each year from the IU system.
We also administer two programs in the Dominican Republic, led by IU faculty. Courses taken within this program are part of our current curriculum at the upper division. The 5-week program began in 2013; it regularly takes 20+ students who each earn 6 credit hours pursuing the equivalent of our gateway courses, S324 and S326. In 2016 we inaugurated a new service-learning conversation program. Students in this program engage in active community-based service while developing their language skills.