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Sacramento State’s Master of Arts in Spanish travel study program offers participants a total Spanish immersion experience, featuring homestay accommodations with selected host families and an academic program of courses, educational tours and lectures by scholars and authors.

The graduate program provides students with the opportunity to perfect their competence in the four language skills (comprehension, speaking, reading and writing) and the chance to gather anecdotes from their daily immersion in a country’s culture. Through both formal instruction and informal contacts with people, participants will gain a cultural and linguistic understanding of Spanish. The directors and teaching faculty are all experienced academic tour leaders who understand the importance of a solid but pleasant academic experience.

In response to requests from graduate students and Spanish teachers alike, this program was created to offer summer study abroad at the graduate level in the areas of Hispanic literatures, cultures and linguistics. Each summer, the Department of Foreign Languages offers an alternative pathway towards completion of the master’s degree in Spanish. This six-week graduate program in Mexico, Spain, Central or South America combines a cultural tour with a month of intensive classes. Participants fully immerse themselves in a specific Spanish-speaking country and its culture, customs and history so that can in turn share their knowledge and experiences with others.

Students can finish all 27 units of coursework in as little as three summers, and then complete the 3-unit culminating requirement the following fall or spring semester (comprehensive exam) to earn their master’s degree. Some students may elect to take courses over four summers or even skip one summer during that time.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Sacramento State Master of Arts in Spanish program, please send a photocopy of your Spanish and linguistic coursework to the graduate coordinator in the Department of Foreign Languages for an evaluation of your prerequisites prior to officially applying. At a later date, you will have to officially apply to Sacramento State as a graduate student and enroll in the summer graduate program.
If program prerequisites are met, then a formal application must be sent to the graduate coordinator and must include the following in a large envelope:

• A brief cover letter followed by a 1-page statement of purpose written in English or Spanish
• A five-page writing sample in Spanish (from any previous coursework) graded by an instructor
• Two letters of recommendation if you did not complete your bachelor’s degree at Sacramento State
• One sealed copy of your official transcripts

Send to:

Dr. Edward Baranowski
Graduate Coordinator in Spanish
Dept. of Foreign Languages
Sacramento State
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6087

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Please be advised, you will have to officially apply online to Sacramento State as a graduate student to enroll in the program via Fall 2014 CSUMentor access.

If you are a returning student or have just been accepted into the master’s program, you may fill out and mail the Travel Study application and deposit to:

CCE Credit Registration
College of Continuing Education
3000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA 95819-6103

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For questions regarding the Master of Arts in Spanish and application process, contact:

Dr. Edward Baranowski
Graduate Coordinator in Spanish
(916) 278-6336


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