Thatcher Language House:

Spanish Language Program
Nuestra Casa

If you would like to experience everyday life en Espaņol, Nuestra Casa is a way to do that right on campus.

The Thatcher Language House offers the opportunity to live in a residence hall dedicated to learning a foreign language and exploring foreign cultures. In this hall of 110 students, majority are a part of one of the six Language Programs.

Participants in the Thatcher House Spanish Language Program live together on a floor which includes a classroom/lounge, where they can socialize in the language. Also, they meet in the classroom regularly during the week for a specially- designed, two-credit conversation/culture course. An experienced graduate student from the Spanish Department teaches the course and organizes social and cultural activities.

One of the aims of Nuestra Casa is to learn more about the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world -- its foods, its customs, its people. When the members of the Program come together to speak Spanish, they host guests from various countries; they share paella, seviche, and tamales; they learn to dance flamenco, merengue, salsa. The Thatcher House Spanish Language Program has become the heart of the Department's undergraduate social and cultural life -- hosting tertulias every weekday morning and organizing Spanish Club events.

Both Spanish majors and non-majors from a variety of disciplines make up the Thatcher House Spanish Language Program. Often members become double majors, adding Spanish fluency to their professional training. Students have found the Spanish Language Program community an excellent place to prepare for study abroad in Salamanca, as well as many other programs in Spanish-speaking countries.

To Register:

Download the application, fill it out and turn it in prior to the deadline.

Spanish Program Application

Spanish Program Application for Native Speakers

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Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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