Summer Courses 2021

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to offer four virtual courses that will take place in Summer 2021. Classes are exclusively for Princeton students. 

Program fees, financial information, and course information are listed below. Please read through them carefully. 


PLEASE NOTE: Applications have closed for summer 2021 

Questions about the application can be directed to Michelle Tong, office and study abroad coordinator. 

Course Offerings

POR 208S: Journeys in Portuguese: Studies in Language and Culture

por_208s_image.pngProgram dates: May 31-July 2, 2021 (5 weeks)

Class will meet M-F, 1:30-2:50pm EST

Instructor: Luis Gonçalves

Prerequisites and Restrictions: POR 109 or instructor's permission. Not eligible to take POR 208S if POR 208 has been taken in a previous semester or a future semester.

Designed as a journey through the Lusophone world this course seeks to present the Portuguese language in context by exploring historical, social, political and cultural aspects of Brasil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa through the media, literature, film, music and other realia. Students will increase their fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken Portuguese, broadening their vocabulary and mastery of syntax through textual analysis, discussions, oral presentations and grammar review. An advanced language course and overview of the Lusophone world, POR 208S seeks to prepare students for further study of literature and culture.


SPA 107S: Intermediate/Advanced Spanish

spa_107s_image.pngProgram dates: May 31-July 9, 2021 (6 weeks)

Class will meet M-F, 12:30-1:50pm EST

Instructor: Iris Hauser

Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 102 or SPA 103. Students who complete SPA 107 will be qualified to take a 200-level Spanish course under SPA 210.

An intermediate/advanced online language course that consolidates and expands the skills acquired in beginner's Spanish. Students will continue to develop their ability to comprehend and communicate in Spanish while using the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course's linguistic goals are achieved in the context of examining the history, cultural production, practices, language, and reality of the U.S. Latino community. Materials include oral, written and audiovisual texts. By the end of the course, students will be able to express more complex ideas, orally and in writing, with greater grammatical accuracy.


SPA 203S: Spanish and the Latin American Mythos

spa_203s_image.pngProgram dates: May 31-July 2, 2021 (5 weeks)

Class will meet M-F, 1:30-2:50pm EST

Instructor: Catalina Méndez Vallejo

Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 107 or SPA 108, or demonstrated advanced placement in Spanish through the department's placement test or an AP 5/SP SAT ST 760 score.

This is an advanced Spanish course that focuses on pronunciation, oral expression, and writing skills. By analyzing myths, legends, folk tales, and fantastic stories, students will attain an appreciation for Latin American ideologies, values, beliefs, and cultural heritage. The course serves as a solid introduction to other 200-level Spanish courses and it integrates a variety of written, oral, graphic and cinematographic sources.


SPA 237S/LAS 237S/GSS 237S: Wildness, Whiteness, and Manliness in Colonial Latin America

spa_237s_image.pngProgram dates: May 31-July 2, 2021 (5 weeks)

Class will meet M-F, 1:30-2:50 pm EST

Instructor: Nicole Legnani

Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 209 or instructor's permission based on student's proficiency in Spanish and expressed interest in the course. Class will be conducted in Spanish. Students who completed SPA 319 in fall 2019 or SPA 237 in fall 2020 are not eligible for enrollment in this course. Films will be available for streaming on the course's Canvas website.

What did it mean to be "wild," "manly" or "white" in Early Modernity, and how do these categories function today? This course explores films made in the last fifty years, featuring "descents into savagery" and the colonial texts that inspired them. Among other topics, we'll discuss: coloniality and its effects; primitivism and progress; media and mediation; race and gender; healing practices; intercultural dialogues; and community-based performances.

Financial Information

Tuition is $2,000 for each course. Students on financial aid will automatically receive partial funding from SPO for the summer course and will receive an award notification upon acceptance.  Students with financial need are strongly encouraged to also apply for additional support from the Dean's Fund.

The Dean's Fund for Summer Study Abroad offers awards to students on financial aid who enroll in structured academic study abroad and language programs (domestic or international) lasting at least four weeks.

As part of the Dean’s Fund award for summer 2021, the University has approved funding to support applicants’ cost of living while participating in an online summer program. This fixed weekly living stipend will be adjusted based on an applicant’s percentage of financial need as per the Financial Aid office’s eligibility criteria. Please note that there is no need to apply for the living stipend or add it to your Dean’s Fund budget as it will be rolled into your Dean’s Fund package automatically should you be eligible to receive a Dean’s Fund award.

Students who are applying for the Dean’s Fund must submit their application in SAFE. Please visit the Office of International Programs website for application instructions and deadlines.

Questions about the Dean's Fund can be directed to their Study Abroad Program

Students who have questions about financial assistance can also reach out to Karen González, department manager.