«Si peleamos por la educación venceremos a la pobreza.»
“If we fight for education we will conquer poverty.”
-- Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888)
There are more than 400 million native speakers of Spanish which places it as the third most spoken language after Mandarin Chinese and English. Around the world, Spanish is the primary language of 20 countries. Spanish is one of the official languages of the United Nations, European Union, and the World Trade Organizations. The United States is the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world.
Faculty in the Spanish program come from a diverse array of Spanish-speaking regions of the world, which translates to invaluable cultural insight within the classroom. With small classes and individual attention from professors, Spanish students flourish -- whether their love of Spanish leads them to a major or they want to add a working knowledge of the Spanish language to their primary degree and make themselves more competitive on the job market.
Through Webster's partnerships with other universities in Spanish-speaking countries, Spanish majors have one-of-a-kind opportunities to study abroad at Universidad de Cuyo, Mendoza (Argentina), Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (México), and Universidad de Oviedo (Spain). Webster also has an exchange program with the Universidad de Cuyo: every fall, one Webster student may spend the whole semester working as a TA in the English Department at Universidad de Cuyo.
Why study Spanish at Webster University?
- Small classes. We keep our language classes at a max of 18 students, which is below the already-small university standard of 25 students.
- Supportive faculty. Our professors believe in doing everything they can to help their students succeed.
- Diverse Spanish-speaking culture. Our experienced faculty come from a diverse background of Spanish-speaking regions including Argentina, Cuba, and Spain.
- Study abroad opportunities. Spanish majors are required to study abroad for at least 8 weeks. Webster’s unique opportunities include study abroad for Spanish in Guadalajara, Mexico and Oviedo, Spain.
- Exchange programs. Every year, Webster students can apply for the opportunity to teach English for a semester in Mendoza, Argentina, thanks to our exchange program with Facultad de Filosofia y letras, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo - Mendoza, Argentina.
Spanish Language Tables. Our long-standing Language Tables are outside-the-classroom meetings in the university cafeteria which allow students to have casual conversations in their language of study with our native-speaking teaching assistant. All levels of speakers are welcome to come to the Language Tables for a stress-free way to practice speaking once a week.
The Latin American Student Association. LASO is geared towards providing a common ground for the Latino community at Webster, as well as to those who are interested in learning about Latin culture. LASO’s mission is to assist interested students to promote Latin American culture to others by sharing traditions and beliefs with the Webster community.
Society of International Languages and Cultures: SILC hosts multiple entertaining and culturally-focused events throughout the school year, and every event is open for anyone to attend.