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Spanish and Portuguese Across Cultures Organization (SPACO)

SPACO is a Spanish and Portuguese club focused in 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 culture.


SPACO meets twice a month during the academic semester. We also host both Spanish and Portuguese weekly conversation hours when school is in session. To learn more about SPACO meetings and events, join the SPACO listserv. Please email with the following:

  • Name
  • Major/minor
  • Possible area of interest (social events, volunteer opportunities, conversation hours, etc.)
Spanish and Portuguese Conversation Hours
Spanish and Portuguese Conversation Hours will be held Thursdays from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Library Room of Bordertown Coffee beginning January 26, 2017.  Students will have the opportunity to practice Spanish, Portuguese or both during these hours!
Portuguese Conversation Hour
Portuguese Conversation Hours will be held Fridays from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. in Folwell Hall, room 123.  Begins January 27, 2017
SPACO Meetings
SPACO meetings are held in Folwell Hall, room 121 
  • Tuesday, February 7th:  4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 21st:  4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 7th:  4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 21st:  4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 4th:  4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 18th:  4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 2nd: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
SPACO Welcome Back Event

Tuesday, January 24th:  4:30-6:00 p.m. in room 140 Nolte Center

Learn more about SPACO by attending our annual Welcome Back event. We will have pizza, games, music, and conversations in Spanish & Portuguese! If you are interested in this event, please RSVP to

Spanish and Portuguese Study Abroad Panel
Friday, February 17th:  1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in room 140 Nolte Center
If you are interested in studying abroad in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country, come hear from Spanish Studies majors, Spanish Studies minors, and Spanish/Portuguese Studies major who studied in Spanish or Portuguese speaking areas.  Spanish and Portuguese Studies advisors will also be available for questions.  

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC)

Each year, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese works with other language-based departments and centers to 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).

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 career. If you're interested in pursuing a program with UROP, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information.