Study Abroad

Spanish Course Credit for Study Abroad

The Emory Program in Salamanca

The Coordinator of Study Abroad advises all students participating in the Emory Program in Salamanca, Spain. The coordinator of Study Abroad also approves all Study Abroad Programs in Spain. Students who want to apply credit earned in Salamanca toward either a major or a minor in Spanish must consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Spanish.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Program in Argentina

The goal of the Emory Summer Program in Buenos Aires is to expose students to an understanding of Latin America and its cities using as a model Buenos Aires, one of the most vibrant, cosmopolitan, and diverse urban centers in South America. The program creates the opportunity for students to live in Buenos Aires and understand the specifics of Spanish-American societies, within a rigorous academic setting provided by Emory faculty members. The goals of the program will be met by classroom instruction, independent research projects, cultural excursions, intensive reading and research, and homestays with Argentine families. For information about the upcoming program please contact Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA) at 404-727-2240.

All other CIPA Study Abroad Programs

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese accepts only courses from CIPA approved programs in Spanish speaking countries. Not all the courses are however necessarily approved for Spanish credit; students participating in CIPA programs need to follow the following steps in order to receive Spanish credit:

Provisional Approval of Courses

Before going abroad or enrolling in any course, students must contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies and submit a course syllabus. The DUS will review the syllabus and will inform the student if the course can be approved as Spanish credit. Regularly, Spanish language courses may be pre-approved for 100-200 level credit. Culture courses can be pre-approved for 300-400 level credit when they meet the following criteria:

  • The course is taught in Spanish;
  • It relates to Hispanism (Spain and/or Latin America);
  • It deals with topics included in our Spanish Program curriculum. The scope of topics is very wide, basically most of the topics related to Humanities: Literature, Linguistics, Film, Theater, Philosophy, History, etc.
  • The topic should be approached in a critical way: that means that the course includes text analysis (most type of texts are valid, including film and art manifestations).
  • Be aware of the following: 300 courses have a panoramic perspective (e.g. a course on Spanish literature from the 18th to the 20th century). 400 courses are topic courses; they focused in a concrete aspect or topic (e.g. a course on Dalí or a course on a linguistic specific aspect, such as bilinguism. For more examples, you can check our current 400 seminars descriptions).

If the student has to modify her/his registration subsequent to arrival overseas, s/he must contact the DUS to get pre-approval for all changes to his/her course schedule.

Please be advised that the provisional approval will be official only after the DUS has signed the course registration form or has e-mailed the student an official provisional approval notification. A registration and/or program application, signed by an adviser other than the DUS in the Department of Spanish, are not adequate approval for credit in Spanish.

Final Approval of Credit

Provisional approval of courses does not guarantee final approval.

Once students return from a study abroad program, they need to meet with the DUS a second time to complete the credit approval process. The student is responsible for collecting the following materials, all of which the DUS must have to approve credit: 

  1. a complete syllabus, including reading list and grade distribution, for each course taken in the study abroad program; 
  2. the provisional approval notification from the DUS; 
  3. all papers written for each course. For 300-400 level courses only research papers with significant bibliography will be accepted (similar to the ones you write in our 300-400 courses). Papers lacking bibliography or without evident signs of critical research will not meet this requirement. Length of the paper should be 9-12 pages for a 300-level course or 12-15 pages long for a 400 seminar (in both cases bibliography is excluded from the total of pages).

The delivery of all these materials to the DUS is a crucial step in the final accreditation process. Without them, the DUS cannot grant Spanish academic credit, even if they were provisionally approved. However, submitting the above materials does not guarantee that the DUS will approve Spanish academic credit.

Non-CIPA Study Abroad Programs

Students must demonstrate academic need in order to receive credit for a non-CIPA Program. You can get information at the CIPA web site on the petition process for non-CIPA programs. Regularly, as part of this petition, you will need to get course pre-approval from the Spanish DUS. Be aware that pre-approval can only be granted under the following circumstances:

  • The study abroad program is in a Spanish speaking country;
  • The institution where the course is taken is an accredited higher education institution (e.g. a College or University).

Your petition will be reviewed by the CIPA Review Committee. In case it is approved, you are still responsible for the final approval of the courses you intend to take for Spanish credit. Read section “Final approval of Credit” above.

Study Abroad Courses Regulations.

Be aware of the following regulations:

  • Students may apply towards the Spanish major / minor a maximum of 3 courses taken in an approved study program abroad. This number does not include study abroad courses taught by Emory faculty which count as regular Emory courses.
  • Both majors and minors must take at least one 400-level seminar at Emory, regardless of their study abroad credits approved. Exceptions to this rule can be made only when the 400-level course is taught by an Emory faculty abroad (e.g. in the Salamanca or Buenos Aires Summer Program).