Study Abroad

In order to increase language proficiency and cultural literacy, all students in Romance Languages are strongly encouraged to spend a semester abroad via one of the University-approved programs





Internships and Service Learning

French and Francophone Studies Service-Learning Internship

In conjunction with the Villanova Catholic Relief Services partnership, French and Francophone students have the opportunity to participate in a service-learning internship in Madagascar, alongside students from across the University. The University helps with projects in Madagascar related to improving the health and nutrition of pregnant women and children, increasing and diversifying household incomes, alleviating the impact of natural disasters, and accessing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. Our French students assist with translation.

Contact: Etienne Achille, PhD

Learn more about the University's partnership with CRS.


Community Interpreter Internship with the Villanova Law School Clinics

The Community Interpreter Internship is a partnership between the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the five clinics in Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law—particularly with the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES) and the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic (FLACS). Undergraduate students with advanced proficiency in Spanish and an interest in helping the Hispanic community act as translators and interpreters between clients and their student lawyers.

Contact: Tomás Hidalgo Nava, PhD

Learn more about the Community Interpreter Internship program.


Language Tables

The Department encourages students and other members of the Villanova community to take part in the language tables. Language tables are the best option to practice what you have learned in class without the formalities of the classroom. There are three language tables each week. To learn more, please contact Anne-Marie Joyce.



The Language Use and Variation Lab invites interested students to join our weekly lab meetings, where we review research on language variation and work collaboratively toward uncovering the mysteries of how language changes and evolves. Students are encouraged to get involved in ongoing research, including linguistic analyses of Hispanic speakers in Philadelphia and laboratory studies of cognitive factors in language variation. Please contact Grant Berry, PhD, if interested.


Language Clubs

The French Club offers new and current students the opportunity to practice their French, meet other Francophiles on campus, and to learn more about French culture. The French Club organizes a range of activities that showcase French and Francophone culture and its representatives in the Philadelphia area, from cooking demonstrations to museum visits and film screenings.

The Italian Club of Villanova University seeks to promote Italian culture, unite students, and supplement classroom experiences. The club is open to students of any heritage and Italian language ability. Events to promote the club have included: Italian film viewings, trips to opera performances in Philadelphia and New York, and Italian dinners featuring wonderful music and authentic foods. The club also works closely with multicultural organizations to help foster community and understanding across the Villanova campus.

The Spanish Club offers great opportunities for student leadership and for students to get involved in campus life, meet new people, help the Hispanic community, and learn Hispanic values and traditions. The club promotes opportunities including service projects with Hispanic and Latino communities; lectures about Hispanic culture; field trips to museums, workshops, and theaters; speech contests; culinary events; and salsa and tango dance lessons.


Honors Societies

The French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, was founded at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. The purpose of Pi Delta Phi is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature; to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world; and to stimulate and encourage French and Francophone cultural activities. Villanova University’s Pi Delta Phi chapter inducts new members at the end of each Spring Semester during the annual initiation ceremony.

The Italian Honors Society, Gamma Kappa Alpha, is a national honor society that recognizes scholastic performance in coursework in Italian language, literature, and culture. New members are inducted each spring and wear cords at graduation that testify to their achievement.

The Sigma Delta Pi National Hispanic Honor Society was created to acknowledge superior scholastic performance in the fields of Spanish language, Hispanic literatures, and cultures. The national honor society is open to membership at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada. The Society encourages college students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, the cultures, arts, and history that comprises the Hispanic world. The organization recognizes outstanding undergraduate scholarship in Spanish, by awarding annually the Sigma Delta Pi Award for Scholarship.

Membership in Sigma Delta Pi is a wonderful opportunity for students to truly immerse themselves in the Spanish language and its cultures and to earn national recognition for their scholarship. New members are inducted every spring.


College and University Resources

In addition to resources and opportunities through the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, Villanova provides support to undergraduate students in all aspects of their collegiate experience and beyond through the centralized services of the Office for Undergraduate StudentsOffice of Education Abroad and Career Center.

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Spanish Film Series

The Spanish Film Series is an opportunity for students and the Villanova community to enjoy Hispanic film culture. There are about four film showings per semester, featuring a mix of recent productions and older productions that have become more significant with time. The series includes films from a variety of Spanish speaking countries. All Films are shown in Spanish with English subtitles.