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Why Immersion in Spanish and Portuguese?

The study of languages, literatures, and cultures is interdisciplinary in nature and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers many points of entry into a deeper dive of the subjects you find compelling. Our dynamic faculty represent many areas of expertise in the culture of Spain and Portugal, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latinx community in the United States. 

An immersion sequence that includes courses and/or projects in Spanish and Portuguese will help you explore the cultural and literary phenomena that help us understand our world through individual projects that inspire your creativity, intellectual growth, and sense of connection to these communities locally and globally.

 You will design your own immersion experience as a combination of courses and an individual project (go to the Immersion Hub to get started). Our faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese can help guide you once you are ready to define your project.

Pathways to Immersion

  • Learn about your options to explore your interests in Spanish or Portuguese when you enroll in your first language course at Vanderbilt
  •  Take an iSeminar in the Spring of the first year
  •  Study abroad for a semester or a Maymester and build on that foundation to create a unique Immersion Project suited to your interests and major(s)
  • Upon your return from studying or serving abroad enroll in a capstone course to complete your Immersion Project
    • Spanish 3891 Special Topics: Nashville en español

      This capstone course was designed for students returning from studying abroad.  Taking this course and fulfilling the course requirements results in satisfaction of the Immersion Project in the following way:

      • SPAN 3303 (Survey of Spanish and Spanish American Literature) + Study Abroad + SPAN 3891 (Nashville en español)

Talk to us! We can help you plan your immersion project through the courses you take in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


Questions? Contact our Immersion Coordinator or Director of Undergraduate Studies