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Welcome to the fall 2020 semester!

The Department of Spanish is delighted to welcome students to our classes and programs for the Fall 2020 semester. With our offices in Sprau Tower closed to public access to protect public health, most of our classes are online and all of our office hours, programs, and services are offered by phone, email, and video-conference. 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 see the full faculty office hours schedule for information on how to reach a professor during office hours. Our free tutoring for students resumes on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, with hours and links to the tutors on the tutoring schedule.  

new online summer spanish courses

This summer, the Department of Spanish is offering online Spanish language classes from basic to advanced. Check the WMU Course Offerings page.

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

Virtual advising hours 

You can find the WebEx links to our advisors here. 

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.