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Spanish Study Abroad

The faculty in Spanish and Latin American Studies strongly encourage study abroad. Students intending to work in our field after graduation or who intend to continue on to graduate school should be aware that study abroad experience makes them stronger candidates. Funding, including federal financial aid, is available for such study, and additional funding sources are listed on our resources page.

UL Lafayette accepts transfer credit from foreign universities if equivalent courses are given here, but there are two important advantages to studying abroad at a UL affiliated institution: (1) transfer of credit is facilitated and (2) Federal financial aid can be applied. In addition, the Gilman Scholarship can help Pell Grant-eligible students fund study abroad at UL-affiliated universities. Current affiliations are listed below, and we are working to add to these.

Students should also be aware of post-baccalaureate options including the Ministry of Culture English Language Assistants Program in Spain, which is a paid internship, and Fullbright grants for further study. Contact people for Fulbright and Gilman scholarships are Dr. Jessie Broussard (Special Services), Dr. Richard Slater (Education, Fulbright Advisor for UL Lafayette) and Dr. Leslie Bary (Spanish). Drs. Bary, García-Rubio and Winters all have information on the English Language Assistants Program, and there is a similar program in Colombia.

Study Abroad Agreements with Outside Universities & Programs

Autonomous University of Guadalajara - Guadalajara, Mexico, academic year programs in many subjects, language immersion program at the Centro Internacional de Idiomas. Contact person Dr. Richard Winters (Spanish).

Global Education Oregon - programs in Spain and Latin America including a summer or fall semester with a business Spanish component in Rosario, Argentina; a summer, semester or year in Segovia, Spain with an optional service learning component; a summer intensive course in Spanish for healthcare professionals in Oviedo, Spain, and much more. Contact person Dr. Leslie Bary (Spanish).

University of Cantabria - Santander, Spain, academic year programs in many subjects, language immersion program. Contact person Dr. Richard Winters (Spanish). There are requirements for student visas to Spain which may not be clear from the Consular website. Ask Dr. Winters about this before applying for your visa.

University of Granada - Granada, Spain, academic year programs in many subjects, language immersion program. Contact person Dr. Francisco García-Rubio (Spanish). There are requirements for student visas to Spain which may not be clear from the Consular website. Ask Dr. García-Rubio about this before applying for your visa.

University of Poitiers - Poitiers, France, good B.A. and M.A. programs in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese with a variety of specialties. The University of Poitiers has strong library and archival holdings in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and coordinates several research initiatives in this area. Contact person Dr. Tamara Lindner (French); at Poitiers, Dr. Jean-Charles Khalifa.

Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).