• Burgos Fall 2017

Global engagement

Get globally engaged at Western Michigan University.


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 Summer 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.


The WMU Department of Spanish newsletter, Somos y Estamos provides news and features about our programs, students, and faculty. Fall 2019 edition


Congratulations to the Department of Spanish Alumni Achievement winner, Dr. Rose Brougham.

Dr. Brougham, Associate Professor in Global Cultures and Languages at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, will meet students and faculty on Friday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. on the 10th floor of Sprau, when we welcome her for Homecoming weekend.

Professor Germán Zárate-Sandez has 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