Real-World Experience

Spanish and Portuguese Across Cultures Organization (SPACO)

SPACO is a Spanish and Portuguese undergraduate club focused on the development of knowledge of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and the cultures and communities with which they are associated through events, speakers, and volunteer work. SPACO's principle activities include volunteer activities, speakers, and various events that submerge people into the Spanish, Latin American, and Portuguese language and cultures.

SPACO Meetings are held every other Monday from 5:30-6:30 pm in room 217 Folwell Hall:

  • January 29th
  • February 12th
  • February 26th
  • March 11th
  • March 25th
  • April 8th
  • April 22nd

If you are interested in being a part of SPACO but can’t make the meetings please email and we will send more information! We look forward to seeing you or hearing from you soon

Spanish Conversation Hours
All levels welcome! 

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm in room 113 Folwell Hall
Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 in 217 Folwell Hall


Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC)

Each year, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the Institute for Global Studies host the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC). Students participating in UIC have the opportunity to experience all the rigor and fun of a professional academic conference. UIC hosts panels of student researchers and writers, moderated discussions, chances for students to network with faculty and alumni, and creative student performances.

In addition to traditional conference panels and presentations, we will be asking students to propose collaborative and discussion-based sessions. In these “open forums,” small groups of students will make short problem-posing presentations on significant global issues and lead their peers in a discussion focused on exploration and questioning (rather than argumentation and answers).

Thursday, April 7th and Friday, April 8th, 2023
Social Sciences, West Bank

Community Engagement

The department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies offers courses that engage with Spanish speaking communities both in the United States and abroad.

Learn more about our Community Engagement opportunities.

Portrait of the border class.
Photo by Phuong Tran, CLAgency student


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

We also encourage undergraduate students to apply for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). This program, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, supports research projects dedicated to fulfilling the U of M’s commitment to research and expanding the store of human knowledge and expression. Students who successfully apply will receive a $1,400 stipend to support their research and will also have an opportunity to present their research at various university symposia.  

Students who earn a UROP will be mentored by one of nearly 3,000 diverse faculty members and will meet other students who share a passion for discovery about the human condition. The UROP can be used to help you achieve practical goals like your senior capstone project or put you on a path to a career. If you're interested in pursuing a program with UROP, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information.