Cindy Lepely
Type of Degree: Minor

Over 400 million people in the world speak Spanish. As the world becomes more interconnected, having a sensitivity toward other cultures and an appreciation for other points of view and behavior patterns gives you an advantage.

Students have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, living with a host family and studying in a Spanish-speaking country. This total immersion experience is the most effective way for you to become fluent in the language and to feel truly "at home" in the host culture. Most students choose between Spain, Argentina, or Mexico.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice Spanish in Tiffin such as the Spanish Conversation Table, which meets weekly for coffee, snacks and conversation in Spanish. Our students also work with En Camino, a local agency that works in the Spanish-speaking migrant community.


U.S./Mexico Border Trip

Every year, Heidelberg students participate in a service-learning opportunity in Texas along the Mexico border. You’ll help prepare and implement enrichment activities for a summer program for the children of a local immigrant community. It’s open to all majors and is a great way to practice the language, give back to a community in need, and experience a different culture.

Meet the Faculty

Our students say the best part of Heidelberg is working with their professors. Meet the faculty of this department.


  • Interpreter
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Flight Attendant


Ashley Racicot ‘15

After graduation, Ashely started an M.A. program in Hispanic Studies at the University of Rhode Island. She received a Teaching Assistantship and is teaching two sections of Spanish per semester. While at Heidelberg, Ashley spent her junior year living in Seville, Spain.

“My study abroad experience did wonders for my transition to graduate school and teaching at the undergraduate level. My colleagues could tell I had studied in Spain based on my accent, and my students benefitted from the firsthand cultural experiences I could share with them. That time abroad prepped me more than I could ever realize for the graduate coursework I am doing at URI.”

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