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Adolfo Snaidas Memorial

The Adolfo Snaidas Essay Prize

In recognition of the late Professor Adolfo Snaidas, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers, New Brunswick, announces the institution of the Adolfo Snaidas Essay Prize. This dedication marks the loss of one of our finest scholars and teachers.

A Rutgers professor for 40 years, Professor Snaidas was the Undergraduate Director at the Spanish and Portuguese Department until his passing in 2007. Yet despite his unexpected passing, both Rutgers and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will continue to benefit from Professor Snaidas' abundant talents as a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend.

A prize consisting of a cash award conferred annually at the end of the spring semester for the best essay written by a graduate student.

For more information on the ASEP, please contact the Department of the Spanish and Portuguese.


The ASEP has been made possible by generous donations to the Adolfo Snaidas Memorial Fund.


Position Opening

Position in Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, has a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level available beginning Fall 2012. Candidates should have a strong background in formal approaches to second language acquisition and/or bilingualism related to languages of the Ibero-American world.  Desirable expertise includes experimental design, statistics and quantitative analysis. The successful applicant should have research interests that complement and relate to those of the Department faculty, which include syntactic and interface approaches to SLA/Bilingualism, cross-linguistic influences in bilingual contexts and child Bilingualism.  Applicants should have an outstanding research program and a strong commitment to constructive interaction between experimental and theoretical work in linguistics. Job duties include research and teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in bilingualism or Second Language Acquisition.


Ph. D required by the beginning of the appointment.


Deadline: October 31, 2011. Please submit an application letter, CV, names of 3 references electronically at:


Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.



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Study Abroad

The WORLD is larger than you think…Study Abroad!

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Immerse yourself in another culture and language.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Summer
Study Abroad programs make it possible and affordable
for students  to acquire knowledge and understanding
of different world countries through the direct exposure
of language, art and history.

The Summer Study Abroad program is ideal for students
who wish to experience speaking Spanish outside the


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors 2 different
locations for Summer Study Abroad:


Summer in Spain 2018 - Applications now open!
La Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
Dates: June 23rd-August 2nd
For more information or to apply for the Spain program, please click on the link below.


Summer in Peru 2018 - Applications now open!
La Academia Latinoamericana de Español, Cusco, Peru
Dates: June 26th-August 4th
For more information or to apply for the Peru program, click on the Summer Study Peru link below.


Students interested in studying abroad in Valencia, Spain should contact Rutgers Global-Study Abroad. Before seeking admission to the Universidad de Valencia, students MUST complete courses 215 and 261.  All exceptions must be approved by the Undergraduate Director.


*Note:The Portuguese and Spanish placement tests will reopen on March 1st.  If you need to complete the test earlier for a study abroad program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Interested in participating in one of the Summer Study Abroad programs?

Click the links below for information about the Summer Study in Spain and Peru.


From the list below choose one of our FAQs topics, then select an FAQ to read. If you have a question which is not in this section, please contact us.


Please also visit the Undergraduate and Graduate Program sections from the menu on the left for further information.


Ph.D. Spanish Literature & Culture

Doctoral Program General Info

General Course work:
Doctoral candidates are required to complete a total of seventy-two (72) credits for the Ph. D, including twenty-four (24) credits of research. Students are required to take either 940:612 Seminar: Literary Theory or 195:501 Introduction to Literary Theory, as well as 940:501 Methodology of Teaching and Research (required of all new incoming fellowship and TA recipients). Doctoral students in Spanish are also required to take three credits in an area of their choice related to their field of study. Students in the PhD program are encouraged to take their PhD Comprehensive Examination in January or March of their 3rd year.  They are expected to have taken their PhD Comprehensive Examination by the end of their 3rd year.

Transfer of credits:
A maximum of twelve credits in graduate courses may be transferred from another institution after the completion of twelve Rutgers credits. These are determined by the Graduate Director, and final approval must be attained from the Graduate School.

Language  requirements:
PhD students must demonstrate the ability to conduct research in a language other than Spanish or English.  The language will be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Director.  This requirement must be completed before taking the PhD exam.  Normally, candidates can satisfy this requirement by 1) taking a written reading exam offered through the Graduate School at the language lab, 2) successfully completing an advanced course in the literature of that language, or 3) submitting a summary, translated to English or Spanish, of an academic work written in the target language. 

Courses outside the Department:
Normally, no more than six Rutgers credits taken outside the program may be counted towards the degree. 

Independent Study:
Students are permitted to register for only three credits of independent study toward the completion of each degree. The work of the student during the semester of independent study must not replicate any course offering of the graduate catalog. (Exceptions will be made for required courses that are not offered in a timely fashion.) The program for the independent study course must be approved by the Graduate Director and faculty member who will serve as the course instructor; planning and approval of this option must take place during pre-registration of the semester prior to the actual course work. The professor involved in teaching the course must agree to do so. Normally the person chosen as director would be the student's chosen dissertation director. The option for independent study is not open to students in the first semester of their program.

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Translation & Interpreting Program

Student and InstructorThe Translation and Interpreting program at Rutgers was one of the first programs in this discipline in the United States.  During the last 20 years, graduates from the Spanish Translation and Interpretation program have achieved wide recognition within the field, with graduates holding leading positions in the field, such as federal and state court interpreting, in-house translation in Fortune 500 companies, translation management within the largest US Translation agencies, and medical interpreting. The program offers BA, MA and certificates in Spanish-English Translation and Interpreting.

The program has grown due to the dedication of Dr. Zatlin, a world renown scholar on Spanish Theatre and Translation, and it is currently directed by Dr. Miguel A. Jiménez-Crespo, PhD in Translation and Interpreting Studies by the University of Granada, Spain.

Spring 2018 Internship is now OPEN! 

Click on HERE to download the application.  
*The Spring 2018 deadline is Wednesday, November 15th.* 

M.A. Option in Translation and Interpreting

Please click here for more information about the program.

The Value of a Rutgers Certificate in Translation and Interpreting
Our certificate establishes that the student has taken a sequence of required courses in the field and maintained an excellent average. Our standards in courses are consistently high and the certificate is well respected within our region.  A number of top professionals in the New Jersey and NYC metropolitan area collaborate in this program in areas such as Court Interpreting, Medical Interpreting and Literary Translation.

The certificate does not guarantee employement in the field, however many alumni of the certificate and masters programs work as translators/interpreters or in closely-related fields.

The program offers courses both online and in-person for the convenience of its students with an emphasis on translation and interpretation for Spanish-English and English-Spanish.

For more information about the Translation and Intepreting program, please contact:
Prof. Miguel Jimenez, Coordinator of the Translation & Interpreting Program
Academic Building
15 Seminary Place
5th Flr.,  Rm. 5172
New Brunswick, NJ 08901- CAC
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Schedule of Classes

Class schedule and Course Information may be accessed by choosing the following link:

Honors Program

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese values academic achievement in the study of the Spanish and Portuguese language. It fosters these values by providing students with opportunities to join honor societies that acknowledge students whose academic accomplishments have been exemplary and who meet the criteria for membership established by these national and local organizations.

Students who are interested in joining an honor society and would like more information about the application process and membership criteria should click on the link that corresponds to their program of study or they may contact Vivian Vega at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About SpanPort

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers, New Brunswick provides a tradition of academic excellence in graduate and undergraduate education.  Throughout the years, SpanPort has provided students with a strong foundation in the studies of the Spanish and Portuguese language, literature, culture, translation& interpretation and grammar.

Our programs are designed to inspire every student with the ability to learn another language from the elementary level to the most advanced in literature and linguistics with the support of an outstanding and international faculty. 

Undergraduate courses offer the opportunity to develop proficiency in speaking, comprehension, reading and writing in Spanish and Portuguese. SpanPort also provides an accelerated track for Spanish majors.  The Spanish Intensive Track  allows students to study both Spanish linguistics and Hispanic Literatue & Cutlure in depth.

SpanPort also offers the M.A. in Spanish Literature, Teaching and Translation & Interpreting and the Ph.D. program offers Spanish Literature and Blinigualism & Second Language Acquistion.

Spanport currently administers two travel abroad programs: Spain and Peru.  These programs are completed during summer session. Students participating in study abroad may complete up to nine credits depending on the program and courses chosen.

Further information about the department, course offerings, programs and curricula are available throughout this site. We invite you to explore our pages thoroughly and please contact us for help if you cannot find what you are looking for.  

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Academic Building
15 Seminary Place, 5th Flr.
College Ave. Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

For more Department Highlights, please click on the links below.

Undergraduate Program

Learning Goals

Department Learning Goals

Majors in all areas will be able to demonstrate proficiency in interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes of communication and basic knowledge of Linguistics, Cultural Studies or Translation as disciplines.  The top 75% of Spanish or Portuguese majors will be able to carry out conversations in which they can describe, compare, contrast, in all tenses (present, past and future), with an appropriate breadth of vocabulary and register, and to be understood by a non-sympathetic listener; and to read and write documents written in academic, formal and/or literary registers of language.   Majors will be able to conduct research projects according to the methodologies of the humanities, social or cognitive sciences and demonstrate intercultural awareness and understanding of the Hispanic or Luso-Brazilian world.  Honors students (top 15%) will be able to complete independent research, write a thesis, and defend it before a faculty committee.

Spanish majors who choose electives in Linguistics will also be able to demonstrate familiarity with basic concepts of Linguistics, in particular with issues related to language contact and bilingualism and bilingual education, and be able to design and implement a research project.

Spanish majors who choose electives in Translation/Interpreting will also be able to demonstrate proficiency at the levels required by pre-professional and professional training for employment in legal, medical, commercial translation and in other areas; and further study in law, medicine, editing/journalism, and business, as well as graduate studies in both linguistics and literature.

Spanish majors who choose electives in Literature and Culture will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of current issues and perspectives in literary and cultural studies in Spanish and the basic body of works in Spanish literature and culture; critically analyze verbal and visual texts; demonstrate familiarity with a range of cultural works from different time periods and geographical regions within the Spanish-speaking world and with the historical  phenomena and socio-cultural issues that these works negotiate.  The top 15% of majors will be prepared for acceptance to graduate programs in Spanish.

Portuguese majors will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of current issues and perspectives in literary and cultural studies in Portuguese and the basic body of works in Luso-Brazilian literature and culture; critically analyze verbal and visual texts; demonstrate familiarity with a range of cultural works from different time periods and geographical regions within the Portuguese-speaking world and with the historical phenomena and socio-cultural issues that these works negotiate.  The top 15% of majors will be prepared for acceptance to graduate programs in Portuguese.

Minors in Spanish or Portuguese will be able to demonstrate a level of language proficiency that allows basic conversations on a variety of uncomplicated topics, with basic command of the language, and some spontaneous creative ability; and basic familiarity with the main cultural, literary and linguistic issues of the Hispanic or Luso-Brazilian world.

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Placement Exam Schedule

Placement Exams


The placement exam is designed to measure your overall ability in Spanish and/or Portuguese. It  consists of: listening comprehension (Spanish only), vocabulary and grammar, reading skills and literature appreciation.


Anyone who has taken at least 2 years of Spanish and/or Portuguese in high school or is a native speaker is required to take the placement test.  Under no circumstances may a student register for a course lower than the one to which they have been assigned.  YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT FOR ANY COURSE TAKEN BELOW YOUR PLACEMENT!


Registration is not required for the placement test.  Test results will be posted on "My Course List" in Degree Navigator within days of the exam. 


 Spring/Fall 2013 Placement Exam Schedule

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to exam time. 


Monday, Sept. 2

Scott Hall 123, CAC

2:15 pm


Monday, Sept. 2

Scott Hall 114, CAC

2:15 pm




Fall 2013/Winter 2014 Placement Exam Schedule

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to exam time.

Fall 2013

Friday, September 27th

Language Lab, CAC

3:00 pm

Friday, October 11th

Language Lab, CAC

3:00 pm

Friday, November 15th

Language Lab, CAC

3:00 pm

Friday, December 6th

Language Lab, CAC

3:00 pm

Winter 2014

Friday, January 10

CAC Language Lab

10:00 am



Student Employment at Rutgers

Student Employment at Rutgers

The Student Employment Office (SEO) administers two employment programs for students: the Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) and the Job Location and Development Program (JLDP). The FWSP is offered to financial aid recipients who meet certain criteria; the JLDP is available to all currently-enrolled university students. On the New Brunswick campus, the SEO assists students with finding part-time and seasonal employment through both programs.

All FWSP employment is coordinated through the SEO.  Eligible students can work in a variety of on-campus jobs, such as in campus centers, recreation centers, libraries, and University departments.  Additionally, students can work in on-campus and off-campus paid community service positions for non-profit agencies and organizations in areas related to education and literacy, human and social services, law and public policy, arts and humanities, multicultural, diversity and social justice, health and business.

For more information, please visit the Student Employment Office website at

Contact Us

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New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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