Frequently Asked Questions

Can I receive extra credit in my classes for attending events at La Casa?

It depends on your professor. Please speak directly with him or her.

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I'm not a resident in La Casa. Can I still attend the events?

The majority of our events are open to campus, so please, join us! If you have any doubts, please send us and email or contact the Faculty Advisor in turn.

My club wants to do something with La Casa. What should I do?

We like to work with other groups and suppor the Spanish-speaking and Lusophone communities at Dartmouth. Please contact La Casa or email the Faculty Advisor in turn. (One rule: a La Casa event takes priority over other groups' events in our space.)

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Is La Casa open during the summer?

It depends on whether there are enough students interested in living in La Casa during the summer. To request that it be open, please contact the Resident Faculty Advisor as early as possible (at the latest during the winter). It is also necessary that at least eight students are accepted into the program for the summer.

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What are the rooms like?

There are 4 doubles and 2 singles. The floor plans can be found here.

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How many rooms are there in La Casa?

There are 7 rooms with space for 10 students: 2 singles (1 for the UGA), 4 doubles and the faculty apartment. There are also three bathrooms, the library, the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, the porch and the basement.

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Can I have a single?

There are two singles. One is for the UGA. The Resident Faculty Advisor decides the other based on gender distribution and seniority in La Casa. When you are accepted into La Casa, you also need to accept that possibility of sharing a room, which can be a very useful learning and social experience.

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Spanish/Portuguese is not my major. Can I still live in La Casa?

Yes! Many people live in La Casa even though their major is not Spanish/Portuguese. Many people use their time at La Casa to improve their Spanish when they don't have time in their schedule to take a class. However, students whose major is Spanish/Portuguese do receive preference in the selection process.

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I'm a freshman. Can I live in La Casa?

Sorry, but no. Only Upperclassmen are allowed to live in La Casa. But please visit us and apply next year!

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I'm not a native speaker. Is that okay?

Yes, it's fine; the majority of our residents aren't native speakers.

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I’m a native speaker. Can I still live at La Casa?

Yes. Every term we usually have about one or two residents who are native speakers. If you want the opportunity to speak Spanish on a regular basis, then consider living at La Casa!

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What’s the difference between La Casa and other Hispanic groups on campus such as LALACS?

Like other Hispanic groups on campus, La Casa is interested in helping students immerse themselves in Hispanic culture. However, its main focus is to help students (especially non-native Speakers) practice and hone their Spanish speaking skills.

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It's my off-term. Can I still live at La Casa?

It's possible, but in the selection process, students who are enrolled in classes receive priority. The process for the student, however, is the same.

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I'm not an undergrad. Can I live in La Casa?

Sorry, but no. ORL does not permit non-undergraduates to live in La Casa. But we would love for you to visit us!

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Can I apply after the deadline?

Yes, but your application receives less priority than those submitted on time and it is possible that La Casa is already full.

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Can I leave my things at La Casa during the interim?

The only people authorized by ORL to leave their things in storage at La Casa are those who currently live there and who will continue to do so the following term. Storage is not open during the summer.

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Can I be in La Casa during the interim?

Staying at La Casa during interim requires special permission from Residential Operations. Contact them by e-mail or telephone (603-646-1203).

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I can't go to an event. What do I do?

Send an e-mail to the UGA and the Live-In Advisor before the absence and tell them the reason for which you will miss an event. Each resident has two "freebies" when they can miss an event for a reasonable motive. If you miss more than two events of if you miss an event without prior notice, speak with the Live-In Advisor to find a reasonable solution to make up the absence (which can include cleaning, helping with another event, or another activity agreed upon by the Advisor and the resident).

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Can I have a party at La Casa?

La Casa is your home. You can do whatever you want (as long as it is legal and it does not damage the property of others nor of the College). You can invite your friends over for your own social reasons whenever you like, as long as it does not conflict with a La Casa event. Please be courteous, however, and let the other residents (including the UGA and Live-In Advisor) know what's going on. Residents' guests' actions are the responsibility of the resident who invited him or her (in other words, if they break something, it is the resident's responsibility both legally and in relation to the College).

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