• Burgos Fall 2017

PROF. MARIOLA Pérez de la Cruz speaks about our Exemplary collaboration with the universidad de Burgos, españa

The Department of Spanish has had a long-standing and fruitful relationship with the Universidad de Burgos (UBU), Spain, for the past twenty three years. We have sent hundreds of students to study at the UBU every fall semester since then. WMU has also hosted faculty talks by researchers from the UBU on topics from International law to Cistercian monasteries. Dr. Pilar Alonso Abad, Coordinator of our program with the UBU, has given conferences on medieval stained glass and is now among an international team of experts in charge of restoring the stained glass windows of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France, which were destroyed or severely damaged after the fire of April 2019. Dr. Mariola Pérez de la Cruz has led numerous groups of students to Burgos. She has just made a presentation at the 2021 Annual Conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (Oct. 25, 2021) under the "Partnerships that Work" thematic thread titled "Exemplary Collaboration between Western Michigan University and Universidad de Burgos.

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Welcome Back for the FALL 2021 Semester

The Department of Spanish is delighted to welcome students to our classes and programs for the Fall 2021 semester. We now offer office hours, programs, classes and services in person and virtually. Most of our offices in Sprau Tower are now open to the public. To reach the department office, call (269) 387-3023. To reach the chair, staff and instructors, please consult the directory page for contact forms and office phone numbers.

Please note that we are accepting applications for our Study Abroad programs in Heredia, Costa Rica (Spring 2022); Quito, Ecuador (Summer I, 2022); Santander, Spain (Summer II 2022); and Burgos, Spain (Fall 2022). Scholarship applications will soon be available on this web site at the Scholarships link. The deadline will be February 25, 2022 for all programs.

We are delighted to congratulate Professor Germán Zárate-Sández for his 2020 Innovation in Language Program Direction Award for Racial/Social Justice from the American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Language Programs. Read about his project, "Pathways to empower Black and African American students in college-level Spanish classes" at: http://www.aausc.org/AAUSCblog/9418147

A BLEND OF IN-PERSON AND online spanish courses THIS 2021-22 YEAR

This academic year, the Department of Spanish is offering a blend of in-person and online Spanish classes, from basic to advanced. Check the WMU Course Offerings page.


The Department of Spanish is happy to bring back our in-person free tutoring for students beginning on Tues., Sep. 7, 2021. You can find the location, dates, hours and names of the tutors on the tutoring schedule.


The Department of Spanish is also thrilled to bring back our in-person "Mesa española" or Spanish table for students beginning on Tues., Sep. 7, 2021. The Spanish table is an opportunity to practice your Spanish, meet people, play games, tell stories, etc. All in Spanish! Here you can find the location and dates of the Spanish table.


The Department of Spanish proudly announces that Professor Germán Zárate-Sández has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to conduct research on Second Language Acquisition and train language teachers in southern Brazil. Read more about his project and the Fulbright program.


We celebrate the accomplishments of our three newly minted M.A. graduates, who excelled even with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations and best wishes to Caroline Ampiaw (in photo to left), Ivylove Monda Cudjoe (in photo to right), and Bethany Hansen.

MA graduate portrait of Caroline AmpiawMA graduate portrait of Ivylove Cudjoe


Spring 2021 Honors and AwardS

The Department of Spanish is delighted to present our Spring 2021 virtual Honors and Awards presentation, featuring all the students who have won prizes, awards, and scholarships. We are proud of you and hope you enjoy sharing the powerpoint with your friends and family. ¡Enhorabuena!


The Department of Spanish is happy to announce that the Spring semester scholarship application is now open. We offer a broad range of scholarships for Spanish Majors and Minors to support study abroad and continued studies in Spanish at WMU. Please take a moment to read through the criteria for our different scholarships: Scholarship criteria. You can complete and submit your scholarship application to the Department of Spanish here: Scholarship Application. Please note that the deadline for application is February 25th.

congratulations to our ma in hispanic studies graduates

Pictured above, Lara Recio Santamaria in her graduation cap and gown.  

 Graduates in Hispanic Studies, Spring 2020


Spanish Awards and Honors

Global engagement

Get globally engaged at Western Michigan University.

Study abroad

The best way to improve your Spanish is in a Spanish-speaking country! The Department of Spanish offers study abroad programs in Quito, Ecuador and Santander, Spain in aummer II session. Applications for the Quito and Santander programs will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2020. The department also offers a fall semester study abroad program in Burgos, Spain (applications will be accepted until Nov. 5, 2019), and a spring semester study abroad program in Heredia, Costa Rica (the deadline for Spring 2020 has passed, but stay tuned for the spring 2021 deadline). See our study abroad page or visit an advisor.

See an interview with WMU students studying abroad in Burgos, Spain. The University of Burgos also published this welcome announcement.


Día de los Muertos altar featured

Department faculty member and graduate students featured in Second Wave of SW Michigan article for Day of the Dead Altar.

Somos y Estamos 2020

The WMU Department of Spanish newsletter, Somos y Estamos, provides news and features about our programs, students and faculty. Spring 2020 edition

Department honors alumna

Congratulations to the Department of Spanish Alumni Achievement winner, Dr. Rose Brougham, associate professor in Global Cultures and Languages at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Zárate-Sández receives research grant

Professor German Zárate-Sández received a Language Learning Early Career Research Grant for his project, "Implementation and assessment of a pronunciation instruction training module for second language teachers." This prestigious grant program by the journal Language Learning recognizes cutting edge research on teaching and learning second languages.

Spring 2020–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.

Spring 2019 video contest winners

First place: "La sinfonia de mis dias," by Ursula Marlies Mayr.
Honorable Mention: "Como ser Tica," by Annika Ehrig, Dakota McCracken, Anne Russell, Heather Price, and Alicia Kurth.

In Memory of Michael Braun

The department reflects on life of Michael Braun.