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Study and Work Abroad

The Department strongly encourages its concentrators to spend as much time as they can in any country where their language(s) of concentration is (are) spoken. There are many ways of doing this within the four-year undergraduate degree: through study abroad for one or two semesters; through summer study abroad; and through a summer internship abroad.

All students must visit the Office of International Programs at 36 University Place, Suite 350, to become acquainted with the administrative procedures related to study abroad.

Junior Semester / Junior Year Abroad

Students planning to spend a semester or their whole junior year abroad should seek advice from the Departmental Representative and from relevant faculty in choosing a suitable program of study. For further assistance contact Mell Bolen at the Office of International Programs. Departmental and University approval of programs abroad is required.

Grades awarded by foreign institutions for courses that are recognized in lieu of Princeton courses are not included in the consideration of departmental honors.

Students who study abroad are not exempted from independent work requirements. The Department usually can make arrangements to either find a JP adviser in the location where the student spends the semester or year abroad or to indicate a departmental adviser who will be in contact with the student by e-mail throughout the semester or year abroad.

Approved courses taken abroad in one semester will normally count for up to three departmental courses. Students must complete the program abroad to the standards required by the foreign institution. For more information, please see the Guide to International Programs and the International Travel Handbook which are available online or in the Office of International Programs.

Summer Language Study

All students interested in languages are encouraged to study abroad during the summer through Princeton in Spain, Princeton in BrazilPrinceton in Argentina, or one of the other programs recommended by the department and the Office of International Programs. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures offers a number of scholarships for summer programs abroad in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Study Abroad Course Approval
 
For courses not offered through or affiliated with Princeton University, “Approval for a Course Taken at Another Institution” forms must be approved by the below department contacts, depending on the course level. After meeting with the Office of International Programs, please email the appropriate faculty member for an appointment, and bring a form for approval along with the study abroad course description, syllabus or materials. Study abroad courses must be approved in advance.
 
Germán Labrador Méndez: Departmental Representative: Upper-level (300-400 level) literature and culture Spanish or Portuguese courses
 
Catalina Méndez Vallejo: Lower-level (100-200 level) Spanish language courses
 
Nicola Cooney: Lower-level (100-200 level) Portuguese language courses
 
For proficiency evaluations, please see our Language Programs section. 

International Internship Program

Princeton's International Internship Program (IIP) supports Princeton undergraduates who wish to undertake a summer internship abroad.  Please contact Luisa Duarte for additional information.


SPO concentrator Stephanie Morales '12 in Bahia, Brazil, where she did research for her senior thesis on the beach vendors of Salvador.

SPO concentrators Flora Thomson-DeVeaux '13 and Ashley Evelyn '13 wearing the colors of Rio football team Botafogo before a match at Engenhão Stadium. The two spent a semester at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro.