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Semester Study Abroad

Studying abroad is vital to students studying languages, literatures and cultures. The Department of Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies works with the Office of International Education to help you coordinate your study abroad experience. The University of Richmond has exchange agreements with universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Spain.

Each student must meet with an appropriate faculty advisor in LALIS in order to discuss his/her academic program and complete an LALIS Study Abroad Approval Form. See list of LALIS Study Abroad Advisors at the left of this page.

All majors and minors in LALIS must fulfill the following requirements prior to participating in a semester- or year-long study abroad program in Latin America or Spain:

1. Overall GPA of 3.0

2. LALIS GPA of 3.0

3. Completion of one Spanish in Context class (chosen from LAIS 301-LAIS 308) and LAIS 309 (Spanish Writing Workshop). At least one of these courses must be completed prior to application for study abroad. (Students who arrived at UR with advanced or superior proficiency are exempt from this requirement.)

Additional criteria

For LALIS minors:

  • LALIS minors need to be declared formally prior to departure.  Students who declare a minor after completing a semester of study abroad in Latin America or Spain will not be able to transfer credit toward the minor for coursework already completed abroad. (Note: this criterion does not apply to UR summer programs.)
  • A maximum of 3 non-University of Richmond courses can be transferred toward the LALIS minor.

For LALIS majors:

  • All majors are required to complete at least one 400-level seminar in LALIS upon return to UR.
  • All majors studying in Spain are required to complete at least one "immersion" course at the relevant partner institution.
  • A maximum of 3 non-University of Richmond courses can be transferred toward the LALIS major. Exceptions to this rule can be made for students planning to study abroad for a full year. Please contact the department chair regarding this possibility.

ADDITIONAL LALIS Policy on transferring credit from study abroad

  • Classes taught abroad in English are not eligible for transfer credit towards LALIS major/minor.  Only classes taught abroad in the target language (Basque, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese or Spanish) may receive LALIS credit.
  • LALIS will not grant FSLT credit if the class has not been approved for LALIS credit.
  • Language classes abroad will not be approved for LALIS or transfer credit if they are considered a repeat of language courses already taken at UR. 
  • Students will not earn transfer credit for any pre-semester language classes.  Participation in the pre-semester language course is compulsory unless the student has been granted an exemption in writing from the LALIS department.

Students completing the international business concentration through the Robins School of Business should contact Tom Cossé for advisement on studying abroad.

Remember that specific institutions in Spain and Latin America may have their own academic requirements and criteria, which you will be expected to satisfy prior to admission.

Summer Study Abroad

The Department of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies partners with the Office of International Education to offer two summer study abroad programs in Seville, Spain.

Seville, Spain (Advanced Spanish)
Students spend approximately five weeks in Spain, taking classes taught exclusively in Spanish, living with Spanish families, and visiting places of cultural interest and significance.

Students may earn up to two units and receive major, minor or elective credit by enrolling in an offering of 300 level LALIS courses. Students return to the University of Richmond with greater fluency, having established a meaningful connection to the people and places of Spain.

Please refer to the Seville program website for details regarding specific courses offered as well as dates and costs. Program specific questions can be directed to the faculty leader.

Seville, Spain (Academics and Athletics)
This program, available to all students, offers program participants the opportunity to complete their COM2 requirement through the LAIS 221 course.  Students also participate in academic, cultural and athletic activities in Seville, one of Spain's most important cities.

All students in the program are additionally provided access to train in a private gym under the supervision of the program's on-site athletic coordinator, allowing student athletes to continue their training while abroad.  

Updated dates and costs can be found on the program website as well as the contact information for the faculty leader.

How to Apply:

The application cycle typically opens in early December for programs running the following summer. Students are able to apply online and can access the application via the specific summer study abroad program websites. Applications are due in mid-February and the current timeline for the upcoming summer programs can be found on the Summer Study Abroad website. 

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English
Ahmedabad, India (Asia)
Amman, Jordan (Middle East)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Latin America)
Bushbuckridge, South Africa (Africa)
Cape Town, South Africa (Africa)
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Latin America)
Dakar, Senegal (Africa)
Delhi, India (Asia)
Hanoi, Vietnam (Asia)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Asia)
Kathmandu, Nepal (Asia)
Rabat, Morocco (Africa)
Santiago, Chile (Latin America)
Sao Paulo, Brazil (Latin America)
Various, Various (Various)

LALIS Study Abroad Advisors

Brazil:  Prof. Dixon Abreu

Spain: Prof. Corrado Corradini

  • Universidad de Alcalá

Spain: Prof. Sharon Feldman

  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona

Spain: Prof. Aurora Hermida-Ruíz

  • Universidad de Córdoba (Spain)
  • UVA in Valencia

Spain: Prof. Elizabeth Kissling

  • Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao

Spain: Prof. Angel Otero-Blanco

  • Universidad de Deusto, San Sebastián

Latin America


Updated on July 1, 2020

Contact Us

Office of International Education
Carole Weinstein International Center, suite 103
Phone: (804) 289-8836

Summer Study Abroad: Argentina