• Student on the beach in Costa Rica

    Using a Dean Rusk travel grant, Annalee Kwochka '15 spent a summer in Costa Rica where she volunteered at an orphanage and improved her Spanish language skills.

  • Argentinian Landscape

    Hispanic Studies Major Caroline Brown '14 studied abroad in Argentina, a popular destination for students with a variety of program options.

  • View of a lake and mountains in Argentina

    Students pursuing Hispanic Studies majors and minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad with three Davidson programs located in Spanish-speaking countries.

Hispanic Studies

p: 704-894-2968

Mailing Address

Box 7140
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035


Study Abroad

The Hispanic Studies Department offers two study abroad programs in Spain: a summer program in Cádiz, and a semester program in Madrid. We also collaborate with the interdisciplinary program in Arequipa, Peru. Students on these programs can earn credits toward the minor or major.

Semester in Madrid

The Davidson in Madrid program launched in Spring 2014. It offers study at one of Spain's oldest and most prestigious universities, the Universidad Complutense, located in the heart of Madrid. There is ample opportunity for meeting and getting to know Spanish students as well as taking advantage of life in a cosmopolitan city. Rich in culture and history, students can visit world-class museums, the national library, and attend cultural and sporting events.

Students enroll in four classes choosing among:

  • A course taught by the Davidson professor in residence
  • An art history course taught in Madrid's museums by Complutense faculty and designed specifically for our program
  • Enrollment in Universidades Norteamericanas Reunidas within the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Reunidas is a consortium of North American universities including Boston College, California State University, Davidson College, Georgetown University, Indiana University, Marquette University, Purdue University, Tulane University, and University of Wisconsin.
  • Direct enrollment in regular courses of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Students live with host families in downtown Madrid and participate in local and extended excursions as part of the orientation program and throughout the semester. A residence hall option is currently being piloted. Students have the opportunity to teach English to people in Madrid either as paid tutors or volunteers in a school system. Ages of the students range from children to adults.

See Davidson in Madrid for more information and the application (Login Required). You can also find the program on Facebook.

Summer in Cadiz

This intensive two-course credit, five-week program is preceded by a week of travel around Spain before the group makes its way to Cádiz for the duration of the summer program. The pre-Cádiz travel itineraries vary from year to year.

Cádiz is a historical city in Andalucia considered by most scholars to be the oldest city in Western Europe, dating back to 1100 B.C. Known today for its golden beaches and constant summer sun, the city possesses a quaint and friendly learning environment for learning Spanish.

Students live with host families and the four-hour morning academic classes are enriched by afternoon cultural activities and excursions.

Davidson in Peru (Interdepartmental Program)

Hispanic Studies also collaborates with the Davidson in Peru program. Experience Peru from the Amazon to the Andes, Lima, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and more. Based in Arequipa, a city known for its whitewashed colonial buildings at the foot of an inactive volcano roughly 7,000 feet above sea level, students live with Peruvian families while taking classes at the Universidad de San Pablo.  You have the freedom to choose from a selection of program-designed courses:

  • Taught by San Pablo professors
  • A course taught by the Davidson professor and program director
  • And the full (and extensive) complement of regular university courses

Many students also participate in volunteer activities. Two lengthy journeys bookend the 14 weeks in Arequipa and expose students to varied Peruvian landscapes from coastal desert to mountainous highlands to Amazonian jungle.

In fall 2014, Professor Matt Samson of the Anthropology Department, will lead the program. 

Hispanic studies majors should discuss department credit with the chair before travel.