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Language House Applications


La Casa Bolívar (The Spanish House)

La Casa Bolívar is open to all upperclass undergraduates and applications are available in early fall. For additional information about Casa Bolívar, please click here. The Casa Bolívar Director for 2016-2017 is Elena Neacsu.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be processed in early November, 2016.  Applications will be available in October, 2016. The application deadline for 2017-2018 is in November, 2016 (specific date pending). After the application is received, the director will contact you to organize an informal interview.

The process entails completing a written application and attending a group interview hosted by current house residents. Application forms are available on the UVa housing website: http://www.virginia.edu/housing/ (click "Returning undergraduates").


The Shea House

The Italian section in the new, state of the art Shea House provides a small, strictly selected number of students of Italian at UVa the unique opportunity to live for an academic year in an environment of total language and culture immersion. The Language House, together with the UVa Italian Department is the epicenter of Italian culture on campus. For additional information about Shea House, please click here.

Shea House Application Information


Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) Applications

DMP Application - Italian Studies

The prerequisites and curricular requirements are the same as for the major.In addition, students must have, at graduation, a GPA of 3.500 in all major courses, and must take 3 credits (thus reaching a total of 33) in connection with the senior thesis, to be written in Italian, of a length and nature accepted by the sponsor (selected by the student), and evaluated by a committee of two faculty.

For additional information about the Italian Studies DMP, please click here. The DMP Advisor is Professor Adrienne Ward in 461 New Cabell Hall.


DMP Application - Latin American Studies

Any student possessing close to a 3.4 GPA and enrolled in the Latin American Studies Program is eligible to apply, but GPA alone will not bring automatic admission. Interest, dedication and past record will be taken into account. The last semester of the fourth year, a 3.4 GPA is an unconditional requirement in order to graduate with honors.

For additional information about the Latin American Studies Program, including the DMP, please click here. The DMP Advisor is Professor Thomas Klubock in 281 Nau Hall.


DMP Application - Spanish

Spanish majors of exceptional ability and dedication are encouraged to enroll in the Distinguished Major Program (DMP). This program enables qualified students to explore at a higher level their interests in Hispanic literature, language, and culture.

Spanish Majors possessing a GPA close to a 3.4 are eligible, but GPA alone will not bring automatic admission.Interest, dedication and past record will be taken into account.The last semester of the fourth year, a 3.4 cumulative GPA in all courses is an unconditional requirement in order to graduate with any level distinction.

For additional information about the Spanish DMP, please click here. The DMP Coordinator is Professor Omar Velazquez-Mendoza in 429 New Cabell Hall.



Wyatt Summer Fellow Application for DMPs in Spanish

This award provides support up to $4,000 for Distinguished Majors in Spanish to conduct research in a Spanish-speaking country during the summer between their third and fourth years. The funds may be used for field research, archival research, interviews, museum study, or other activities related to the student’s proposed thesis topic.


Major Declaration Forms

Declaration of Major forms cannot be downloaded. The forms are available from Monroe Hall room 101.


Minor Declaration Forms

Italian Studies Minor

Course requirements for the minor in Italian Studies: 18 credits, six (6) courses. No prerequisite to enroll in program. Students may begin taking approved courses in English before completing the language sequence (ITAL 1010-2020).

For additional information about the Italian Studies Minor, please click here. The Italian Studies Minor Advisor is Professor Enrico Cesaretti in 459 New Cabell Hall.

Download Italian Studies Minor Declaration Form  (PDF Document)


Latin American Studies Minor

Course requirements for the minor in Latin American Studies (LAS):

  • Language: Either SPAN 202 or PORT 212, or the equivalent.
  • 18 semester credit hours of courses in the Latin American field offered by the departments of Anthropology, Economics, English, French, Government and Foreign Affairs, History, Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese, and others. No more than 9 credits in a single department can be counted for the minor.
  • Students must take courses in a minimum of three departments.

For additional information about the LAS Minor, please click here. The Director is Professor Thomas Klubock, in 281 Nau Hall.


Portuguese Minor

The requirements for the minor in Portuguese consist of eighteen credits beyond PORT 2120. Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to spend a semester studying abroad in Brazil or in Portugal.

For additional information about the Portuguese Minor, please click here. The Portuguese Minor Advisor is Professor Eli Carter in 441 New Cabell Hall.

Download Portuguese Minor Declaration Form  (PDF Document)


Business Spanish Minor

The department, in conjunction with UVa Hispanic Studies in Valencia, Spain, offers a Minor in Business Spanish consisting of six (6) courses in addition to an internship or attendance at business symposia in Valencia. Please note that three of the courses (two of which are required), as well as the internships and symposia, are only offered in Valencia.

For additional information about the Business Spanish Minor, please click here. The Business Spanish Minor Advisor is Professor Fernando Operé in 425 New Cabell Hall.

Download Business Spanish Minor Declaration Form  (PDF Document)


Spanish Minor

A minor in Spanish consists of 21 credits (3 prerequisite and 18 required) of Spanish study at the 3000 level or above.

Admission to the Spanish Minor is by application only.  Applications are accepted in the fall and spring semesters. The deadlines are October 1 and February 1. There is no formal application form. In order to apply, simply send an email from your U.Va. address to the Spanish Minor Advisor, Professor Fernando Operé (fo@virginia.edu). State your current academic year, your expected year of graduation, and your overall GPA, then provide a 300-word statement explaining how a Spanish minor fits into your broader academic plans. Accepted students must then meet with Professor Operé, in 425 New Cabell, to discuss the minor and get the declaration form signed. Once signed by the Minor Advisor, students should submit the form to the registrar of their School.

For additional information about the Spanish Minor, please click here.

Download Spanish Minor Declaration Form  (PDF Document)


Miscellaneous Forms

Final Exam Postponement

College of Arts & Sciences policy states, "When serious conditions exist, students may be allowed to postpone a final exam until later in final exam period with the consent of the course instructor. Early exams are not permitted. To request an exam postponement, submit a Request for Exam Postponement, with the instructor's recommendation and signature, to 101 Monroe Hall. The Dean's Office will review your request and will notify you and your instructor only if your request is denied." For additional information, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences website at: http://college.as.virginia.edu/forms.

Download Request for Final Exam Postponement  (PDF Document)


Requirement Exception Request

This form is used to request an execption for one or more of the Spanish major or minor requirements. 

Download Requirement Exception Request  (PDF Document)


Spanish Honor Society - Sigma Delta Pi

Each fall and spring, U.Va.'s Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi accepts applications for new members.

If you are interested in promoting Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, and have met the requirements for membership, then Sigma Delta Pi is for you. Before applying for membership, please read the requirements detailed below. If accepted, there is a one-time membership fee of $40 dollars.

Requirements for Membership - Candidates for active membership:

  • Must have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish (eighteen semester credit hours) or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior (third-year) level. A student may be admitted to active membership while still enrolled in the second junior-level course if all other requirements have been met and if the instructor of the course certifies that the student's work is of "B" or "A" quality.
  • Must have a minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish courses taken.
  • Must rank in the upper 35% (3.2 GPA) of his/her class--sophomore, junior, or senior--and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work.
  • Graduate students who have been unconditionally admitted to a degree-granting program may be elected to membership upon completion of two graduate courses in Spanish with an average which, if continued, will make them eligible for a graduate degree.
  • Sigma Delta Pi does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability.


Spanish Major - Degree Audit Forms

These forms are used for the Spanish major degree audit.


Spanish Major - Requirements Listed by Concentration

This grid lists the Spanish major requirements according to concentration (General, Literature & Culture and Linguistics & Philology).  Download  SPAN Requirements by Concentration & Course Grid  (PDF document)