Have you always wanted to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking or Portuguese-speaking country, but you do not know where to begin? The following information will help familiarize you with some of the many programs available to you so you can determine if you want to study in the medieval city of Toledo or the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Study Abroad Process This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible. Academic Planning Contact your adviser in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies before beginning your study abroad research. Choose your study abroad experience wisely Selecting the best program takes time so begin planning your experience abroad with your adviser as early as possible. A properly chosen study abroad program will challenge your assumptions, deepen your knowledge, and broaden your understanding of global issues and cultures. Study abroad is one of the best ways to develop your language skills. A properly chosen study abroad experience allows students to develop flexibility, adaptability, critical thinking ability, communication skills, confidence, and other key qualities. The Department strongly encourages all majors and minors to study abroad in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking area. An ideal time to plan for study abroad is in the early stages of the 3xxx-level, returning to campus thereafter to take several advanced electives with departmental faculty in culmination of the major. Did you know that studying abroad can actually speed your academic progress toward achieving a major or minor? Many classes can function to fulfill university or degree requirements as well as departmental requirements. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies co-sponsors several programs with the Learning Abroad Center.