The Spanish Group at MIT offers students the opportunity to study language, literature and culture.
Our curriculum reflects the diversity of interests and expertise of our faculty and lecturers, as well as the particular needs of MIT undergraduate students. Our classes use innovative pedagogical methods, including the most advanced interactive technologies, to allow students to acquire the competence necessary for communication in Spanish-speaking communities around the world and give students the tools to live and work in an increasingly global economy. Since Spanish is the principal second language spoken in the United States, the curriculum at all levels pays special attention to the linguistic and cultural diversity presented by Hispanic communities across the country. While the basic courses stress language acquisition and cultural breadth, at the advanced level we offer a variety of courses on Spanish, Latin American, and Latino literature, culture, history and film.
In collaboration with the Global Education Office, the Spanish program offers an intensive second semester course during January in Madrid: IAP-Madrid (http://gecd.mit.edu/go_abroad/study/explore/madrid_iap/)
Students who have attained a fourth semester level of Spanish proficiency are encouraged to pursue internships in industry or in research institutions in Spain, Mexico, Chile and Argentina through the MIT International Studies and Technology Initiative (MISTI) (http://misti.mit.edu/student-programs/language/spanish/) or to participate in the MIT-Madrid Spring Semester Abroad (http://gecd.mit.edu/go_abroad/study/explore/Madrid/)
The Spanish Group at MIT was awarded the 2006 Inter American Prize for Educational Quality by the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Americas (INEAM) of the Organization of American States (OAS). This prize is awarded in recognition of projects which, through the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), contribute to solving socio-educational problems related to the development of human potential.