2 Weeks / Credit & Noncredit Options

Spanish Immersion Program for High School Students

Orientation for this program is on Sunday, July 5. The program is scheduled to end on Friday, July 17, at 4 p.m.  

SPA 100-200 Special Topics: Spanish Immersion is designed to offer you an immersion experience in the Spanish language without the expense of traveling abroad. This two-week intensive Spanish summer program for high school students allows you to immediately apply what you learn in class to real life situations. You’ll have the opportunity to express yourself verbally, artistically, and physically; you’ll use technology and share meals – all in Spanish. You and your fellow students live, laugh and learn in Spanish while attending this interactive and innovative language school.

Skills. Daily practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing in a dynamic Spanish environment.

Knowledge. Develop an improved ability to express yourself, and an increased awareness of Spanish-speaking cultures, both abroad and domestic.

Professional benefits. Proficiency in a second language offers an increasing advantage in our global economy.

Program Costs:

Students have the option to choose whether they take the course for credit.


  • Residential: $2,465
  • Commuter: $1,630


  • Residential: $3,539
  • Commuter: $2,704

What’s the deal?

This course is designed to provide you with multiple opportunities and settings for using Spanish, including:

  • Small group classes and individualized conversation practice
  • Theater, music and dance
  • Sports
  • Interactive on-line activities
  • Film
  • Preparing authentic meals from Spanish-speaking countries
  • Local cultural excursions
  • Interviews with native speakers
  • Earn 3 credits or enroll in the non-credit option

Typical day

As a Spanish Immersion student, you can expect to be busy!  Each day offers a new opportunity to utilize your newly found confidence in expressing yourself in Spanish.  Language class and lunch time conversation will take place daily, as well as many enrichment activities that allow you to immediately use what you learn.  Students are together all day on weekdays and Wednesday evenings, working hard and playing hard. In the end, students have greater confidence in their Spanish language abilities and a deeper understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures.

About the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics

The Syracuse University Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (LLL) is the largest department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Offerings include courses in 21 languages, with 9 majors and 3 master’s degree programs. Majors are interdisciplinary, and nearly 6,000 students take classes in the department each year. The department’s goals are to promote the study of languages and literary texts, and to facilitate the study of language on a theoretical level. LLL is committed to excellence in scholarship, innovative teaching, and the promotion of diversity and cultural awareness, and has adopted the national goal of universal bilingualism as put forth by the Modern Language Association.

Faculty Bio – Katie Clinton

Katie Clinton’s passion is the study of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and sharing it with her students. She has been teaching at Syracuse University since 2004 and besides teaching every course in the Spanish Lower Division, she also acts as an academic advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences, a First Year Forum leader, a teacher observer for SU Project Advance, Interim Assistant Spanish Language Coordinator, and Co-Coordinator for the Spanish Immersion Program. Katie’s adventures have taken her to teach Aymara and Incan children in the Andean foothills of Bolivia, to work in the rural Mayan villages of the Yucatan Peninsula, and to act as a liaison between the San José, California, Public School District and immigrant children and their families.

Faculty Bio – Catherine Nock

Catherine Nock has been teaching Spanish at Syracuse University since 1995, and also serves as Assistant Spanish Language Coordinator. She has taught Spanish and First Year Forum classes for the Renee Crowne Honors Program, is a recipient of the Meredith Teaching Award, and a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Her areas of interest include Spanish linguistics, second language acquisition, instructional methodology, and Spanish and Latin American literature, film, and culture. One of her goals as a language instructor is to create opportunities for students to improve their proficiency by using Spanish in real-life contexts. Her studies and travels have taken her to Spain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. She also has worked in a public health program in rural Nicaragua, and does ongoing advocacy work for that organization here in the U.S.