¡Bienvenidos, bem vindos!

Why learn Spanish and Portuguese?  Why major or minor in Spanish at USC?

Connect with more than 400 million speakers of Spanish worldwide, including almost 40 million in the United States. Capitalize on the growing importance of Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking areas of the world economy. Immerse yourself in some of the world’s most exciting cultural hubs, such as Buenos Aires and Madrid, or study issues of migration in Valencia, all cities where we have summer programs.

Expand your professional skills with linguistic and cultural proficiencies and the ability to think critically about global problems and opportunities. Experience the intellectual challenge of linguistic and literary theories, and the workings of literature and film from Cervantes and Sor Juana to Borges and Almodóvar.

And where better to study the realms of Spanish and Portuguese than in Los Angeles, one of the largest Spanish-speaking cities in the world and, arguably, one of the capitals of Latin American culture?

"One of the best opportunities I had was studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, for five months.  I not only had an incredible host family that taught me much Spanish (and chilenismos) but I studied in the top universities in the country." Martin Hodis '12

"Since I am bilingual, I have a large number of monolingual Spanish speakers on my patient panel; I spend about 50% of my workday speaking Spanish. Spanish-speaking doctors, let alone psychiatrists, are surprisingly scarce, and are very much in demand."  Vanessa Lauzon '04

Prof. Martin Ocón-Gamarra Receives Award


Prof. Martin Ocon-Gamarra for receiving 2015 Professor of Color Recognition Awardhosted by the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA) and the Academic Culture Assembly (ACA) of Undergraduate Student Government’s Program Board.


Basic Language Program Award Presented to Student

Congratulations to Chase Rosenberg for receiving the USC Spanish and Portuguese Achievement Award for the 2015 Spring Semester.


Madrid Summer Program

May 25–July 10 2015


Medellín Summer 2015

Problems Without Passports: Conflict and Resolution, Medellín, Colombia. Contact Professor Gayle Vierma for more information or click here.


SPAN 220 in Valencia




  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 156
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0358