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Because of the need to compete successfully in our increasingly global environment, the study of Spanish is a popular choice for students considering a career in law, health sciences, political science, international business, economics, history or education.


Along with its American campus, Saint Louis University also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, and students are encouraged to spend a year there. Students graduate prepared for careers that make use of proficiency in Spanish or for graduate work in Spanish. Students in the graduate program can find more information in the graduate student handbook. 

Undergraduate Program Director:  Ana M. Montero, Ph.D.

Student Profile

Julia Griffin

Julia Griffin
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Majors: Spanish and Health Sciences
Minor: Biology
Favorite Spanish Class: Medical Spanish with Ms. Sarah Bauer
Career Interests: Primary Care Medicine, Global Health, Work with the Latino population
Favorite Part of the SLU Spanish Program: The abundance of opportunities to utilize my Spanish language skills outside of the classroom!

Read More About Julia

Hola! My name is Julia Griffin, and I am a senior with majors in Spanish and health sciences and a minor in biology. I am from Omaha, NE and can always be found frequenting the Latino bakeries near my grandmother’s house! Although I had studied Spanish for six years before coming to SLU, it was here that I was able to improve my proficiency, immerse myself in new cultures, increase my cultural competence, and combine my love of the language with service and medicine.

Over the past three years, I have tried to integrate Spanish into my daily life and use my skills outside of the classroom. In my first year, I volunteered at the Spanish Immersion school and served on an immersion trip in Belize addressing literacy issues. I participated on a medical and public health global brigade to Honduras where I had the opportunity to learn about the healthcare system, observe health disparities in the local villages, and work in a health clinic with Honduran physicians.

After my first year at SLU, my love of Spanish only intensified; I then lived in Spanish speaking countries for eight months of my sophomore year. I studied abroad at SLU-Madrid where I embraced the Spanish culture and traditions, made many new friends, and taught an ESL class to Spanish-speaking community members. I left Europe directly for South America as I spent the entire summer in Piura, Peru conducting an independent research project. Studying the cost, quality, and access to healthcare in Piura, I surveyed 105 medical providers and patients in eight city health centers. It was a great challenge, as all communication and research was entirely in Spanish. Upon my return to the United States, I have published my results and continue to study the Peru healthcare system. This past summer, I spent two weeks studying culture and liberation theology in Costa Rica as a Mev Puleo Scholar.

As a Jesuit-educated Billiken, I have not only strengthened my Spanish communication skills, but I have learned how to be a more culturally competent and aware student of the Spanish language and culture. The myriad of opportunities that SLU has presented me has allowed me to integrate my interests and discern my future.

Next year, I hope to be a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and be an English teaching assistant in Spain. In the future, I plan to attend medical school and utilize my Spanish skills to serve a large patient population as a primary care physician. Thanks to the SLU Spanish department and to all of the SLU international opportunities, I feel prepared to engage in foreign communities and address global health issues and disparities!

Read the Newslink Article about Julia's Experience in Peru