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"The Spanish House lets you feel comfortable practicing Spanish with other individuals with varying levels of Spanish, all willing to learn and converse for your personal enrichment. Tertulia also brings in a lot of elements of different Spanish cultures too, which is nice, for you get both language and culture in the house."
-- Luisa Feliz '05 resident, Spanish House 2004-2004

Students interested in learning more are encouraged to attend our annual spring Open House in the Common Room of Newport House.

Are you interested in living at the Spanish  Language House (located in Newport House) to practice your Spanish language skills, and to learn more about Hispanic culture? 

All theme house applications will go through the Amherst College Housing Portal. Please note that students who accept a placement in a theme house will be removed from General Housing Selection. Theme Community Selection will take place after General Housing Selection is complete. Acceptance to a theme house does not guarantee assignment to a single room.

Students interested in learning more about Spanish House are encouraged to attend the Open House event to meet residents, view the house, and ask questions. For any questions concerning the Spanish House, please contact  the House Advisor (Jeannette Sánchez-Naranjo, Spanish Department).

Spanish Language House

The Spanish Language House is an academic Theme Community, located in Newport House, on the Amherst College campus, which can accommodate about fifteen students plus three Spanish Language Assistants. It is governed by the faculty of the Spanish Department, and administered by the Dean of Students through the Office of Residential Life. In addition to the Spanish House, Newport House also hosts La Casa, the Latinx Culture House.

The primary purpose of the House is to provide its residents with a supportive and enthusiastic environment that encourages and facilitates the exchange of the Spanish language, and promotes the Hispanic culture. The House also seeks to enrich the life of the campus by serving as a forum in which all Spanish-speakers at Amherst can engage in activities that are conducted in Spanish, and are related to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.

Residence in the House is open to full-time Amherst College students in their second, third and fourth year who are actively engaged in Spanish Department courses at Amherst College, speak the language fluently or are native speakers. Because the primary aim of the House is to create more opportunities for its residents to practice Spanish, and because residents need to be able to function at a certain level of competency in order to be able to carry on conversations with each other, proficiency in Spanish must be at least equal to two semesters of college-level (Spanish I & Spanish II). Students who do not have an intermediate level in Spanish are not eligible for residence in the House. 

Residents of the Spanish Language House are expected to speak Spanish among themselves as much as possible according to their level of proficiency in the language. TAs, native speakers, and advanced language students should take the initiative to uphold the purpose of the house and encourage residents who are less confident about their Spanish language skills. Residents also are expected to take a leading role in organizing events related to the Hispanic culture, such as celebrations of the Spanish-speaking countries, movies, board games, cooking workshops, dance workshops, karaoke, readings, conversations, etc. 

Students interested in learning more about Spanish Language House are encouraged to read the Spanish Language House Constitution, and to attend the Open House event in mid-February, to meet residents, view the house, and ask questions. Students may also contact the house leadership with specific questions about the house.