Extra-curricular and professional activities that will enrich your Spanish education
En el campus:
You can use your Spanish on campus in real-life situations with the community or in social clubs. Fusión Española hosts Spanish-focused events such as Flamenco Month, theatre performances, dance classes, language tables and film events on campus and provides opportunities to explore Hispanic and Latino cultural venues in Chicago and the suburbs.
Raza Unida is the club geared toward raising awareness and celebration of Latino and Chicano themes while advocating diversity and academic excellence on campus and in society.
Sigma Delta Pi is the National Hispanic Honors Society in which high academic achievement among students in the Spanish Program is recognized by inviting students to be inducted and honored on the national level. International Club, Students in Free Enterprise, and many service opportunities also help to put students in contact with the Spanish-speaking world.
En el extranjero:
In addition to fall and winter/spring long term study abroad opportunities, Spanish program participants have recently taken advantage of three-week winter D-term course offerings to travel to Latin American or Latino-dominant destinations and earn three academic credits in accelerated courses. Destinations in 2013 include a trip to Uruguay. Additionally, students have travelled to Costa Rica and Guatemala to learn about fair trade in Mayan communities and ecotourism in Latin America.
D-term Excursions -- Three Weeks, Three Credits
2011 Brazil Trip
"This trip was the first time I had ever traveled out of the country and even more terrifying was that it was my first time on a plane. In Brazil we stayed with host families that spoke no English so we all had to learn Portuguese quickly. We took Portuguese class every day during the week while we were in Salvador. The classes were long but our group and teacher, Lara, made them fun. After Salvador we went to Rio De Janeiro where we stayed right on the famous Copacabana Beach. In Rio we visited Sugar Loaf Mountain and the also famous Christ the Redeemer Statue. I will of course remember all of the things that we saw and did but, there are two things that I will always remember from this trip. The first, is how lucky we all are to live in the United States. I say this because we all have so much to be thankful for. Not everyone in Brazil gets to live like we do here in the U.S. Second, Brazil might be a poor country but, it was so beautiful and the people there really know how to appreciate life and I will never forget that." Jacob Murphy
North Central students studied Portuguese in Brazil
Feb. 1-28, 2014
Fusión Española, created by students of the Spanish Program and advised by Professor Alberto Fonseca and Instructor Jelena Sanchez, hosts the annual Flamenco Festival each February on North Central's campus which features dance classes, movies, lectures, food and Flamenco performance.