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Students in the Spanish House

Spanish Activities: Spanish House

An intentional community

Want the experience of living immersed in the Spanish language and culture while still living right here on campus? Try living in the Spanish house! You’ll have the opportunity to improve your Spanish while speaking it regularly in the house, meet new people who are just as passionate about Spanish as you are, and challenge yourself to grow academically and spiritually with the other members of “la casa” in an intentional community. It’s located right on campus, in the Knollcrest East apartment complex.

Watch a slideshow of pictures from the members of Spanish House from 2010-2011!

Why join?

As a member of the Spanish House, you will participate in Spanish Table and Spanish chapel on a regular basis, as well as organize and contribute to cultural events available to the entire college. In the past, Spanish House members have attended and held events such as Hispanic festival celebrations, theme parties (countries, traditions, etc.), movies and discussions, sing-alongs, game nights, poetry readings and discussions, and lectures by important Hispanic literary and cultural figures.

Am I eligible?

If you will have sophomore status in the fall, you are eligible to apply. The only other requirement is that you have a desire to learn Spanish—you don’t even have to be a Spanish major or minor! Students with all ability levels of Spanish (even 100-level students) are encouraged to apply. You must also commit to attending Spanish chapel at least once a month; Spanish table at least once a month; and other activities on a bi-semestral basis.

How much does it cost?

The cost is the same as room and board at the Knollcrest East apartments; there are no additional fees.

How and when do I apply?

Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are due to the professorial liaison for the program, Dr. Scott Lamanna, in the Spanish Department by Friday, February 28, 2014. Download the application here.

Our assistants

In addition to your housemates (which in the past has been four to fourteen people), you will live with a native assistant, who will share his or her culture with you on a day-to-day basis and offer a model of native speech. Since the Spanish House began over twenty years ago, we have had assistants from countries such as:

  • Argentina
  • the Dominican Republic
  • Mexico
  • Ecuador
  • Honduras
  • Guatemala
  • Colombia
  • Spain
  • Costa Rica