If you are going to spend a semester / a year studying abroad in Latin America, Spain or Portugal, it is imperative that you meet with a study abroad advisor in order to discuss your case prior to your departure. Spanish Language and Literature, and Spanish and Portuguese Language and Culture majors should meet with Professor Javier Rivas. International Spanish for the Professions majors should meet with Professor Mary K. Long.
Here are some tips to make that meeting most productive and expedient:
The Study Abroad Advisor does not research / choose a program for you. You do that yourself, sometimes in consultation with the Office of International Education. You should make that decision based on your specific needs, career goals, personal preferences, and timing. The Study Abroad Advisor cannot and will not recommend one program or another, since this goes beyond his/her duties. Once you have decided where and when you are going to study, you should find out which classes are offered during the terms that you are planning to stay. Do not come to the meeting with the whole catalog, since most times only a fraction of those classes are offered any given semester. Once you have this information you can come to the Office Hours of the Study Abroad Advisor. You should bring the following materials:
- Up-to-date Major sheet. The Study Abroad Advisor cannot make an informed decision on which equivalencies to give or courses to recommend if s/he does not know where you stand in your career.
- Course descriptions / Catalog for the program.
Please do not come to the meeting without these materials.
You have to meet in person with the department Study Abroad Advisor, Prof. Javier Rivas. Advising will not be given through email. Courses will not be approved through email.
You have to plan ahead. You should plan your meeting with time to spare.