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Language Learning

The borderlands is a multilingual region, which presents rich opportunities for language learning. You will no doubt hear both Spanish and English being spoken regularly, in addition to O'odham. You will also hear creative and fascinating uses of language. The Border Studies Program offers flexibility in language use and offers programming for those with higher-level language skills as well as for those who are newer to Spanish.

One year of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) is required prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester program. If you are unsure about your abilities or do not have any Spanish language ability but the program interests you, please contact the Border Studies staff. Students with more Spanish language skills will find their language level to be very beneficial. BSP staff encourage all participants to improve their Spanish as much as possible before the program begins. Here are two recommendations:

Skype lessons through Proyecto Lingüístico Quetzalteco (PLQ) in Guatemala.
Spanish Immersion in Nogales, Sonora, México at HEPAC (Located about 70 miles south of Tucson)

During the semester, most students will participate in the Spanish Language Program

Other Ways BSP Students Improve Their Spanish Language Skills

  • By living with a Spanish-speaking or Bilingual homestay family while in Tucson 
  • By taking advantage of opportunities when appropriate to interact in Spanish throughout extended travel seminars in Mexico
  • Choosing to read some assignments in Spanish or write field journal entries in Spanish
  • By participating in a field study placement where Spanish is the dominant language
  • Interacting in Spanish as much as possible
  • Listening to Spanish radio stations, watching TV programs in Spanish, and reading other materials in Spanish
  • Native, Heritage, and Advanced Spanish Speakers may be eligible to carry out an independent work project in place of the Spanish Language Program


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