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March 11, 2016

Spanish Major Delaney Swink learns about Mapuche culture in Chile

swink 01Last semester Spanish Major Delaney Swink lived in Chile, studying for the first half of this academic year at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. In Valparaiso she was able to get involved in the community, volunteering with an organization called Hogar de Cristo, distributing hot and ready meals to the homeless around the city, directly to the places they sleep on the streets, creating opportunity to speak with people and gain perspective.

At the end of the semester Swink traveled to the south of Chile to work with an NGO called Maple Microdevelopment (founded by UO alumni) to learn about their micro-lending organization. In just one week, Swink was able to participate in the day-to-day lives of three Mapuche (indigenous people from Chile) families, scraping the surface of understanding some of the issues they face, and observing firsthand how Maple is becoming an integral factor in helping Mapuche families revive their culture and develop their community in ways that fit their community goals. Maple was an inspiration to Swink, who says that it was

“a model for how I would want to run my own nonprofit if provided the opportunity; respect for the needs of the community above all.”

Read more about Swink’s experience in Chile:

January 16, 2014

Spend Your Summer in Oviedo with Professor David Wacks

Professor David Wacks will lead a summer study abroad program in Oviedo, Spain in August of 2014.  The Advanced Spanish Literature & Culture program is ideal for Spanish majors who like to have an intensive immersion experience while making significant progress toward the completion of their major requirements.

Students participating in this unique program will be able to satisfy SPAN 333 & SPAN 407 while abroad.   For more information about the Oviedo program led by Professor Wacks please visit the UO study abroad website:

UO Study Abroad Main Site
Oviedo Program Site

or . . . contact Professor Wacks via email:

Application deadline is March 15, 2014!

December 3, 2013

2014-2015 RL Scholarships Announced- Applications now available

Scholarship Window
The Department of Romance Languages is pleased to offer several substantial departmental scholarships available for students in the 2014/15 academic year.

RL scholarships are open to current UO undergraduate and graduate students in the Romance Languages Department. Undergraduate students must be declared majors or minors in the Romance Languages Department at the time of application. In order to receive a scholarship award you must be enrolled at the UO as a full time student during the 2014/2015 academic year.

The completed application is due in the Romance Languages Office by Monday, February 17th, 2014.

For more information please visit:

Scholarship Announcement

September 26, 2013

Stickels Scholarship recipient Fulgaro completes intensive language study in Mexico

Ivano Fulgaro, MA student in Romance Languages and a 2013 Stickels Scholarship recipient, reports the following experience from his time in Guadalajara, Mexico:

Thanks to the support of Department of Romance Languages and the Stickels Scholarship, last summer, I attended an advanced Spanish language course in Mexico. I chose to go to the Centro de Estudios para Extranjeros (CEPE) at Colegio de Español y Cultura Mexicana, University of Guadalajara. I soon realized that CEPE was the right choice since when I received the first email by Luis who helped me throughout the entire application process and during my stay. The course was well organized and delivered by an attentive instructor. We worked on several topics such as Mexican culture, cinema as well as the subjuntivo [subjunctive mood of verbs]. During my stay, I lived with a family and I had the opportunity to “taste” some Mexican food and culture with its nuances and peculiarities. Even if for a small amount of time, it was great to be part of the community and to communicate with people in a different language. The more languages we speak the bigger our world is.

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