Ursuline Academy Spanish courses equally emphasize speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills. We offer a very solid four-year program, including Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4 and AP Language & Culture. Classes are taught fully in Spanish with the exception of Spanish 1, in which we combine both languages in a progressive transition to using only Spanish. Through these courses, students also have the opportunity to explore diverse cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world.

In addition to classroom experience, our department is proud to provide our student body with several opportunities to connect with the richness of our language and cultures, such as: Spanish Club, UASIP (Ursuline Academy Spanish Immersion Program), Spanish National Exam, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish Honors Society), and service opportunities.

Incoming freshmen with a background in middle school Spanish will be offered the possibility of taking a placement exam.

As a current Junior at Ursuline Academy and after three years of high school Spanish, I have found my passion and a skill that will serve me well in both my future college endeavors as well as in my professional career. Ursuline’s commitment to a total immersion experience will follow me to college, allowing me to better interface with Spanish-speaking patients as a future healthcare professional. Without doubt, Ursuline’s Spanish department has prepared me for success. The experience has risen above the mere fulfillment of a requirement: it has given me a passion and love for the language and culture.Catherine House ’19

UA Spanish Immersion Program

This twenty day program provides students, who have successfully accomplished a third year of Spanish, with the opportunity to tour a region of Spain with fellow classmates and the Ursuline Spanish Department and to live with a Spanish family. During this period of time, UA students have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the language and culture and further develop skills previously acquired in the classroom.

This trip was an amazing experience. We got to see some of the most beautiful parts of the south of Spain and learned tons about Spain’s history and culture, as well as try plenty of delicious authentic Spanish food. The tour leaders made every second fun. Living with my host family was an experience I will never forget and I loved getting to live the life of a typical Spanish student. The total immersion into the language taught me a lot and I really feel like all the practice helped me to improve. Getting to use my knowledge in a real life setting was so cool and solidified my interest in continuing to study Spanish.Julia Herriott ’19

Class of 2019 on the Spanish Immersion Trip.