¡Bienvenidos! Bem-vindos! The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Middlebury College is dedicated to providing the highest quality education to its students with respect to language learning, liberal arts training, and the understanding of cultural diversity.
Our department has the luxury of having faculty members from 12 different countries. We offer a rich curriculum with courses in language, literature, linguistics, and visual culture. Our students have the opportunity to study at any of our 23 sites in six different countries of the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad in Spain and Latin America. It is possible to begin Spanish at Middlebury and study abroad junior year. On campus, our students take advantage of the Spanish and Portuguese tables that bring faculty and students together at lunch every weekday. Students can further immerse themselves in their language of choice by living in the Spanish House or the Portuguese House, where the language of study is used exclusively and a variety of activities are organized throughout each semester.
Ricardo Chávez-Castañeda, a faculty member who teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, as well as in the Spanish Language School, has been awarded the 2012 Ibero American prize for Short Story "Julio Cortázar." This is a big international achievement for a Spanish-speaking writer.
To see an interview with the author, click here
Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Nobel Prize Literature, at campus visit November 15, 2002
(Banner photo is Terceira Island in the Azores. Credit: Sarah Ashby '10)