Faculty-Led Spanish Study Abroad

Ubeda, Spain
Students in Ubeda, Spain (2016)

Buenos Aires, Capital of Culture 

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Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina  
Dates: May 17-31, 2017*
*Four class meetings will be held Spring 2017; students should sign up for the spring course during pre-registration in November 2016.
Courses Offered: SPN 294 (prerequisites required)
Led by Dr. Ashlee  Balena (
Apply by December 12, 2016

For the 6th year, UNCW will study the culture of Buenos Aires through its writers, painters, and musicians. The spring travel experience begins after classes in May. Activities include participating in a writer’s class about Borges’ life and stories, national art museums, live musical events, the San Telmo markets, and historic cafés. Stay in an upscale apartment hotel in Recoleta, the best neighborhood for study, shopping, and exploration.

Oaxaca, Mexico: Here and There 

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Location: Oaxaca City, Mexico  
Dates: May 7-16, 2017*
*Students will enroll in SPN 394 during Spring 2017, which will meet weekly at UNCW throughout the spring semester. Remaining hours will occur in Mexico.
Courses Offered: SPN 394 (prerequisite required)
Led by Dr. Amanda Boomershine (
Apply by December 16, 2016

Learn about the Oaxacan population in Wilmington and in Mexico. Students will have the opportunity to experience Oaxacan culture and food, visit important cultural sites in Mexico, interact with and learn from Oaxacan immigrants in Wilmington and their family members in Oaxaca, and learn firsthand the effects of immigration and globalization on families and communities during this 10-day program.

Chile 2017 Summer Study Abroad 

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Location: Valparaíso, Chile  
Dates: June 23-August 2, 2017
Courses Offered: SPN 202 (prerequisite required), SPN 294
Led by Valerie Rider (
Apply by April 1, 2017

Experience life in astonishingly beautiful Chile in our summer study abroad program. Now in its fifteenth year, this amazing trip offers a total immersion experience. By living with a host family, your Spanish will improve on a daily–sometimes hourly!— basis. Living in South America provides for appreciation of Hispanic and indigenous American cultures. On the excursions we take –¡fantásticas!- we explore the rich beauty of Chile’s land, people, animals, and cultural traditions. Through your Chilean family and the friends you’ll make during your stay, you will return to the U.S. with a better, deeper grasp of language and culture than you ever thought possible. Study abroad in Chile and see for yourself!

Community Engagement and Advanced Cultural Studies in the Dominican Republic 

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Location: Santiago, Dominican Republic  
Dates: July 5-22, 2017
Led by Dr. Amanda Boomershine ( and Dr. L.J. Randolph (

The Community Engagement and Advanced Cultural Studies in the Dominican Republic program provides students with the opportunity to study world cultures in real-life, contemporary contexts and become empowered as champions of social justice in their own classrooms. In addition, this program will equip students to evaluate large-scale impacts of historical, linguistic, economic, political, cultural, and artistic perspectives on individuals and societies and engage students in opportunities to promote a culture of tolerance and social justice in their immediate communities and throughout the world. In each course, students will continually be involved in self-reflection as they engage in research and critical discourse on such highly nuanced issues as race, power, language, politics, sexual identity, and citizenship in contemporary Dominican society.

Santander Study Abroad Program

Location: Santander, Spain  
Dates: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 (full year or one semester)
Courses Offered: SPN 305, 306, 311, 321, and 394 (prerequisites required)
Led by Ms. Marianella Jara and Dr. Michael Gordon

Through the N.C. Consortium for Study Abroad, UNCW students can study at the Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, during the fall or spring semesters. This program gives students the opportunity to spend a semester in the coastal city of Santander, taking up to 15 hours of 300- and 400-level credit in classes in Spanish geography, literature, art, history and language.

Santander is a beautiful city of 200,000 people set on a sparkling bay on Spain's northern coast, approximately 300 miles from Madrid and 150 miles from the French border. A major part of the Semester in Spain Program is the travel beyond Santander made available to students. These usually include three daytrips and a four-day tour to Madrid, Segovia and Toledo as well as a weekend trip to a city like Salamanca or Barcelona.

Students are housed in carefully selected homestays located within easy access to the universidad, downtown and the beaches. Airfare, tuition, housing, health insurance, daily meals, laundry service and all group trips are included in the price of the program. For more information about the Santander program, please consult the Semester in Spain website or contact Marinella Jara and/or Michael Gordon.

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