Spanish Language Study Abroad Plus (LSA+) in Santander, Spain and Cuzco, Peru

We offer one LSA+ to Santander, Spain in the Summer and Cuzco, Peru in the Fall. Sophomores can also apply to this program. 

LSA+ Santander, Spain

The LSA+ program in Santander, Spain is led by a faculty member of the Spanish and Portuguese Department. Students live with Spanish-speaking families for the entire term. The program offers SPAN 20 (Writing and Reading: A Critical and Cultural Approach), SPAN 22 (Modern and Contemporary Spanish Artistic and Cultural Production) and SPAN 32 (Introduction to Hispanic Studies III: 20th - 21st Centuries). Occasionally, the program may offer SPAN 30 or 31.

For more information please contact specific directors for each program.

Directors for 2020/2021:
LSA+ Santander Summer '20: Annabel Martín(Cancelled)

LSA+ Cuzco, Peru

The Language Study Abroad Plus (LSA+) Program in Cuzco, Peru, will begin Fall 2015. Students will enroll in three 9-week courses including, SPAN 20 "Writing and Reading: A Cultural Approach", SPAN 21 "Traditional and Contemporary Andean Cosmogonies and Cultural Production: A Historical Approach", and SPAN 32 "Introduction to Hispanic Studies: 20th and 21st Centuries". Planned excursions will be to Lake Titicaca, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Machu Picchu. The program will end with a one-week workshop with theater collective Yuyachkani in Lima. Students will homestay in family houses while in Cuzco.

Directors for 2020/2021:
LSA+ Cuzco Fall '20: Bueno (Cancelled)


To apply for the LSA+, students must complete SPAN 9 or 15; be exempt from SPAN 9 based on test scores; or receive the program director's permission.


Santander, Spain

The LSA+ will be based at the Universidad Internacional "Menéndez Pelayo" (UIMP). It will involve two days of extensive, on-site orientation, nine weeks of academic coursework, and a total of six to seven days of cultural excursions as a group.

Santander hosts the oldest and most prestigious International Summer Program in Spain, created in August 1932. The UIMP has two sites: the "Campus de Las Llamas", where classes are taught, and the "Palacio de la Magdalena". The UIMP accommodates a wide range of cultural activities: theater, dance, films, concerts, lectures, meetings with writers, and academic excursions around Cantabria. Our students will be able to attend all events organized by the UIMP.

Santander is located on the Atlantic coast in the region of Cantabria in Northern Spain. It combines its proximity to Bilbao and other historical cities in the regions of Asturias, Basque Country, and Castile, with the flavor and friendliness of a middle-size city (population of about 200,000 people). Its public transportation system is excellent, with easy access to and from university facilities to family housing. The city is pedestrian-friendly with numerous bike paths along the coastline; its renowned beaches, as well as its downtown and cultural offerings are within walking distance from the university.

Cuzco, Peru 

The LSA+ will be hosted in Cuzco by Centro Tinku, whose name means “encounter” in Quechua.  It is an internationally known institution for study abroad, with academic associations with such US institutions as Harvard, Ohio State University, Tufts University, and the University of Washington.  It is directed by prominent Belgian anthropologist Jean-Jacques Decoster and housed in a large colonial building with classrooms, a central patio, and a small restaurant - located in a traditional part of Cuzco behind the city’s main cathedral.  Tinku will provide two of the program faculty and the instructional space.  It will also organize planned excursions to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. The program will end in Lima with a week-long workshop with renowned theater collective Yuyachkani, whose performances are inspired by Andean culture and human rights.

In order to familiarize students with the program, we will conduct two orientation meetings in spring, the term prior to the beginning of the program, in which Tinku and Yuyachkani material will be distributed and discussed (“Pre-departure PERU").

Cuzco, once capital of the Inca Empire, is today a thriving metropolis of around 500,000 inhabitants and characterized by its distinctive mestizo culture and majestic architecture.  Spanish colonial monuments erected on the base of partially dismantled Inca buildings dominate the city.  It has spawned the Cuzco School of painting during colonial times, the Cuzco School of Photography at the turn of the century, and more recently the influential Cuzco School of Cinema.  Overlooking the city is the colossal religious center of Sacsayhuaman, and within a few hours train ride to the rainforest the citadel of Machu Picchu—declared in 2007 as one of the seven wonders of the world and, as such, drawing increasing global attention. Lima, on the other hand, is a major metropolis. This city was known as the City of Kings during the colonial era and still boasts magnificent colonial architecture, and, has all of the attractions of any modern Latin American urban center.

Peru offers not only the attraction of a millenary indigenous and thriving mestizo cultures, but also the security of a well-established democracy and significant social and economic improvement.