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Spanish for the Agricultural Sciences

Spanish courses and study abroad opportunities created specifically for students in the agricultural sciences.

¿Dónde quieres ir? Spanish for the Agricultural Sciences can help you get where you want to go.  As the number of native speakers in the workforce rises, Spanish proficiency is becoming more important than ever for agricultural professionals.  With four industry-specific courses, a five-week immersion experience in Costa Rica, and a summer internship, you can learn and practice the language skills you need for your career.

Courses

SPAN 105

4 credits

First course of the four-course sequence, primarily for students who have had little to no prior experience studying Spanish.

SPAN 106

4 credits

Prerequisite: SPAN 105 or placement exam arranged and administered by course instructor.

INTAG 299 (Section 1)

1 credit

Prerequisite: SPAN 105 and/or SPAN 106. Prerequisite course for students planning to participate in (INTAG 299 Section 1). This course is designed to introduce students to the country of Costa Rica and to prepare students with the skills to get the most out of the immersion experience.

INTAG 200 Survey of International Agriculture

3 credits

Prerequisite: INTAG 299 (Section 1) and INTAG 100. The first week of the Spanish for the Agricultural Sciences immersion experience will take place at EARTH University where students will stay on-campus and explore tropical agro-ecosystems, principles of sustainable agriculture and socio-cultural concepts related to agricultural development.  Students will have the opportunity to investigate these themes while utilizing practical Spanish skills.

INTAG 299 (Section 2)

3 credits

Prerequisite: INTAG 299 (Section 1). Students will live with Costa Rican families while they study and experience the language, culture and agricultural industries of Costa Rica.  The language of instruction is Spanish.

Internship

Credit - varies

Utilize your Spanish skills and gain experience in your field through an international or domestic internship.  We work closely with the college's Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services to find domestic internship opportunities relevant to your major and career goals.  For international internships, the Office of International Programs can identify opportunities through a wide range of partners across the globe.  To extend your time in Costa Rica after the immersion, we have several in-country partners that accept Penn State interns, such as EARTH University.  Contact program faculty for more information about internships.

Immersion Experience in Costa Rica

See waterfalls, rainforests and volcanoes during a five-week immersion experience in Costa Rica starting in early May.  The first week of the experience will be spent at EARTH University in Merecedes, Costa Rica, where students will will stay on-campus and explore tropical agro-ecosystems, principles of sustainable agriculture and socio-cultural concepts related to agricultural development.  Students will have the opportunity to investigate these themes while utilizing practical Spanish skills.

The remaining four weeks of the experience will be spent in the welcoming town of Turrialba, Costa Rica.  Students live with host families, take Spanish classes at a Costa Rican language school, and participate in activities like agricultural site visits, weekend trips, community service and national park tours.

How to register

Fall or spring semester

Register for SPAN 105 or SPAN 106, depending on your Spanish competency (see course descriptions for details).

Fill out the program application by February 1.

The following spring semester:

Sign up for INTAG 299 (Section 1) to complete the on-campus portion of the course sequences, then register for INTAG 200 and INTAG 499 (Section 2)  immersion experience in the summer.  

More Information

For more information please contact:

Melanie Miller Foster
mjm727@psu.edu
814-867-3831

106 Agricultural Administration
University Park, PA 16802