Global engagement

Get globally engaged at Western Michigan University.


Spring 2019 SPAN 4400 Internship or Service Learning Class 

SPAN 4400 provides students the valuable opportunity to utilize and improve their Spanish language skills through internship or service learning in the Kalamazoo Community. Apply here.

Sandra Raak, Alba Fernandez, Kike Rodriguez, Emily Kerul

Altar De Muertos - Día de los muertos

October 27 to November 8 | 2nd Floor Waldo Library | Information Here
El día de los muertos is associated with Mexico, but this holiday is celebrated most in Latin America.

Writing Contest

2nd Certamen de Escritura en Español | Drop off your submission to 419 Sprau before November 30 | Continue reading here for more information. 

Film Festival

Hispanic Film Festival | November 6 and 8 | 1025 Brown Hall | Continue reading here for more information.

In Memory of Michael Braun

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2017-18 Department Awards

Pictured from left to right, Sandra Raak, Alba Fernández, Enrique Rodríguez and Emily Kerul each received an award during the Graduate College Honors Convocation. Sandra and Enrique each received the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award and Alba and Emily each received the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award.

Winners of the Spanish department's video contest for spring 2018

First place: "Hijo perfecto," by Irene Kivinen, Mark Majcher and Max Wellman.

Second place: "Hola, me llamo Úrsula," by Ursula Mayr.

Writing contest winners for fall 2017

Sofia Ovalle

About Sofia Ovalle

Sofia Ovalle wrote one of the winning essays, Ya Es Costumbre. Sofia is from Grant, Michigan, and is currently a junior at Western Michigan University and is pursuing a Spanish major with a double minor in French and computer information systems. Her education and career goals are to complete her masters in Spanish and to become a Spanish professor. Her accomplishments prior to Western include graduating from Grant High School as salutatorian, a member of the National Honor Society, and first team All-Conference as a soccer goal keeper. Sofia's accomplishments at Western, thus far, include being a part of the Lee Honor's College, the Dean's List, and the Bronze Leadership Certificate Program. At Western, she is also the marketing chair for the Latino Student Alliance. A few of her personal passions include photography and baking.

Max Sznaza

About Max Sznaza

Max Sznaza wrote one of the winning essays, Un Viaje Muy Especial. Max is a freshman at Western Michigan University and is studying finance and business. He has been studying Spanish since he was in elementary school in Ada, Michigan. He has always loved to learn about the history of Spanish speaking countries. Max's goal is to be able to use the language for business with confidence. In the future, he hopes to be the owner of a business selling innovative products that better the lives of everyone.

About Alex Merry

Alex Merry wrote one of the winning essays, Mi Abuelo. Alex is a senior at Western Michigan University and is studying Global & International Studies. He has also participated in the Ecuador study abroad progam. Alex also enjoys cooking several authenic cultural dishes. His research and dedication to his studies goes beyond expectations.