Broadcast Journalism major and Spanish minor, Kara Riccardi, creates a story about the Spanish Study Abroad program: DISSTA

Kara is part of ZTV, the local tv station that plays on campus. This semester she created a story for "Lights, Camera, Akron" about the very popular DISSTA Study Abroad program offered by the Spanish Section. In the video below, she interviews Spanish major, Brad Millard, and  Amanda Ritchie, Spanish faculty member and Director of the summer experience in Valladolid, Spain. This program provides students  with a one month (6 credits) or two month (12 credit) immersion experience spent studying at UVa University and living with a Spanish host family. Kara will be participating in the program next summer. ¡Gracias, Kara!

For more information about the Spain Study Abroad Program, check out the DISSTA page.

Kara Riccardi's DISSTA Video


Spanish Conversation Partners

The Fall 2014 schedule for the Spanish conversation partner, Amanda Montemayor, is as follows:

  • Monday 1:30-2:30 (Dept. of Modern Languages lounge)
  • Tuesday 11:00-12:00 (Olin 303)
  • Wednesday 1:30-2:30 (Olin 303)
  • Thursday 11:00-12:00 (Olin 303)


On March 9, 2014, students from Spanish Conversation for the Health Professions class partnered with NEOMED physicians and medical students at St. Bernard's Church for a  Community Health Fair day. Many of these students are working towards The Advanced Certificate of Spanish for the Health Professionals and are acquiring the appropriate linguistic skills and cultural proficiency that will allow them to  interact effectively  with members of the Hispanic community in a medical setting. Hispanic community members were provided with various medical screenings, from diabetes testing to glaucoma, and were given explanations of their test results in their native language with the help of our students.  These future doctors and nurses will  certainly have an edge on the market, since their knowledge of medical Spanish and their cultural sensitivity will allow them to communicate effectively with the Hispanic patients they will serve!  See pictures below from the event.  For more information, see the Spanish for Health Professions page.