Study Abroad

Our Travel Study Programs and Travel Study Scholarships for Summer 2020 have been canceled as a cautionary measure and response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thank you for your understanding.




The Department of Spanish & Portuguese strongly encourages all UCLA students to make study abroad a part of their undergraduate experience. Courses are available at all levels, from covering basic language requirements to completing upper division electives for our majors and minors.

To get an idea of the potential impact of the study abroad experience on your life path and career, we invite you to view the interview and personal story of UCLA alumnus (and friend of study abroad in Spanish & Portuguese) John Arboleda (1996).  John, himself a first gen, transfer student at UCLA,  has spoken many times to UCLA students in Barcelona about how study abroad enhanced his life experience and career options, and has regularly invited visiting Bruins into his home there:

“Interview with UCLA alumnus John Arboleda” (video)

“UCLA and an international career were not on his radar screen”

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese organizes its own annual faculty-led summer Travel Study Programs in Argentina (Buenos Aires), México (Mérida Yucatán), and two in Spain (Granada and Barcelona). You do not need to be a major or a minor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese to join these programs. These are regular UCLA courses so they apply immediately toward your program goals.  Students may begin registering for these programs on November 15th of each year through the International Education Office. Financial aid is available (see link below).  To learn more about our programs, please visit the following sites:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Barcelona Program

*See here a blog from a student who completed the Barcelona program in 2018:

Granada, Barcelona, Madrid Session 1 

Granada, Barcelona, Madrid Session 2

Mérida, Yucatán México


All UCLA Students encouraged to apply!


***Application for Summer 2020 due February 28 end-of-day***

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to support undergraduate students interested in immersive cultural and educational experiences abroad with UCLA faculty. We will be providing a limited number of scholarships for students participating in one of the department’s travel study programs. Download the Travel Study Scholarship application. You do not need to be a major or a minor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese to apply for this scholarship.

UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese participates in the system-wide Education Abroad Program offered by the University of California, providing long-term study (from one quarter to one year) at participating foreign universities. Opportunities for study in Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking countries are available in many countries for students that are either majoring or minoring in Spanish or Portuguese. For more information, please consult the EAP website.

For students wishing to petition EAP courses towards major or minor requirements, please consult the following guidelines.


Students may also explore options offered through non-UC-affiliated programs but should consult with a counselor at the International Education Office to discuss options and procedure for participating in a non-UC study abroad program prior to committing. There are no guarantees for credit transferal, which makes consultation critical for students considering alternate programs.