Más allá del aula.
Drew has many options for students to explore Spanish culture and language más allá del aula—beyond the classroom.
Immerse yourself! Improve your language skills and enhance your cultural knowledge by studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.
Using your Spanish when visiting a Spanish-speaking country transforms your passive observation into active participation. You engage more directly with the host culture, garner a greater appreciation for how others see the world, and rethink familiar assumptions from a deeper global context.
The Department of Spanish, through the Drew Center for Global Education, offers a wide range of study-abroad opportunities for students of Spanish:
Short-term international experiences, designed and led by Drew faculty members, are where language and research skills meet real-world experience.
Semester- or year-long immersion experiences abroad in affiliation with Drew’s Global Partner Programs—educational programs providers selected by Drew based on their high academic and administrative quality—provide opportunities for study around the world. These Global Partners Programs have been approved by the faculty for transfer credit for your Drew degree.
Our Global Partner Programs are located across the Spanish-speaking world, including Spain, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Students of Spanish can spend a semester or more in a program that best meets their academic interests and goals–often complementing their language and cultural studies with classes in other disciplines, or with internships and service learning opportunities.
Gain practical experience through hands-on learning that allows you to enrich your classroom learning and apply you Spanish in real-world settings. An internship offers an ideal opportunity for career development.
Earn Drew credit by completing an academic internship close to campus, in New York City, across the country or abroad.
Students can work in a range of areas where they can use Spanish to complement their other academic interests. Recent internships completed by Spanish majors include nonprofit organizations, financial planning firms, public schools, talent and literary agencies, health care providers and community development agencies.
Sigma Delta Pi is a nationally renowned honor society that recognizes academic excellence in the study of the Spanish language, culture and history. This society was established on November 14, 1919, by Ruth Barnes at the University of California in Berkeley. Over the past 90 years, the society has grown in both size and prestige; there are currently over 500 universities that belong to this organization. Being selected for induction is not an easy feat, and each and every member, both current and new, should be proud of his or her achievement.
Note: You may count the course in which you are currently enrolled at the time you are applying for induction.
For more information, please contact the Chapter Adviser:
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Every fall semester, professors and students come together to celebrate the Day of the Dead, the traditional Mexican holiday that has been acknowledged internationally in several other countries and cultures. As part of this cultural event, an altar is created to remember and honor the dead. The department celebrates with food, traditional music and skull decorating.
The Spanish Department’s annual poetry competition is now in its third decade! Every spring semester, students from all language levels compete for prizes and put their language skills and creativity on public display by reciting their favorite poem in Spanish or reading an original poem.
Every April, the Spanish Department celebrates the achievement of our students inducted into Drew’s Omicron Gamma chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Hispanic Honor Society. The induction ceremony is attended by faculty, friends and family who come together to celebrate our department’s top students.
At the end of every semester, Spanish majors deliver their capstone presentations publicly and share their research with Spanish department faculty and fellow students.
At the end of every academic year, all graduating Spanish majors are invited to dine with the Spanish department in celebration of their achievements and all that is ahead after leaving the Forest.
“My experience in Barcelona was life changing. In addition to seeing incredible sites, we got to see firsthand how a different culture and economy operated, all while strengthening our speaking, reading, listening and writing skills. Some of my fondest memories at Drew come from my time in Barcelona.”
“My semester in Buenos Aires opened my eyes to new perspectives that ultimately changed my life. I learned about another culture, but also about myself. My immersion experience led me to discover some of the similarities between Caribbean, American and Argentine cultures that, in turn, further ignited my passion for Latin American cultures and societies. As a result, I am now pursuing a doctoral degree in Spanish.”