North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose Spanish at North Central College?

Bilingual candidates always appeal to employers and graduate school deans—but true global citizens stand head and shoulders above the rest. And that’s what you’ll become at North Central.

Our Spanish faculty are dedicated and diverse with rich geographical and linguistic diversity; Spain, Colombia, Uruguay and North American regions are represented. Combine that with small class sizes and our campus resources, like the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center, and you’ll become a fluent Spanish speaker, reader and writer. You’ll also develop a global perspective by experiencing the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world on campus, in Chicago or an international setting. You’ll be able to choose a destination for a study abroad program in countries such as Costa Rica, Chile or Spain.

You can also:

  • Enrich your cultural understanding by participating in our three Spanish clubs and the Flamenco Festival, Latin Music Festival, Cross-Cultural Poetry Festival, Hispanic Film Festival and popular culinary workshops.
  • Put your language skills to work by volunteering for ministry and service trips to countries like Colombia, Guatemala or Mexico.
  • Earn an English language learning (ELL) minor if you plan to teach in the areas of ELL/Bilingual or Dual language education after college.
  • Engage in study abroad opportunities during D-Term.
  • Qualify for induction into Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honor society, or Phi Sigma Iota, for students who study more than one language.


photo by Kara Kots '18
North Central College’s Office of International Programs has added new study abroad programs in Granada, Spain; Lille, France; and Hamilton, New Zealand.
North Central recognizes this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, with a series of events hosted by various campus groups.
North Central College recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence throughout their college careers on Honors Day.



  • Intern for global vision youth, Global Vision International, Esteli, Nicaragua
  • Clinical support intern, Center for Speech and Language Disorders, Elmhurst, IL
  • Intern, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, IL
  • Immigration assistant, World Relief, Aurora, IL
  •  Intern, U.S. Department of State, Portsmouth, NH


Recent graduates in Spanish include:

  • Bilingual teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Cultural events coordinator
  • Bilingual customer support
  • International banking officer
  • Court interpreter
  • Immigration officer
  • International non-governmental organization director
  • Youth missionary
  • International sales director
  • Bilinguial psychologist
  • Bilingual sociologist
  • Graduate researcher
Spanish major

Marion was looking for a new college when she decided to make an impromptu trip to North Central. That first visit set the tone for the two years she would spend on campus.

“I showed up unannounced two days after Christmas and ended up getting a private tour of the whole College,” Marion says. “Then a counselor sat down with me to look at which of my credits would transfer and how I could plan my schedule to graduate on time. I was so impressed.”

The helpful spirit was contagious. Marion spent part of her time at North Central serving as a Spanish tutor in the Language Resource Center. She met with professors regularly to discuss ways she could better assist her fellow students.

“As I got...

Jazz Studies major, Spanish minor, Leadership concentration

After attending the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp at North Central, Wesley knew that jazz was the major for him. The College’s liberal arts curriculum allows him to refine his musical expertise while exploring other areas.

“If you’d like a comprehensive education in the jazz genre while also pursuing other interests, North Central is the place to be!”

Though he focuses on jazz, Wesley also is involved in classical voice exercises to become a versatile musician. Every week, he takes private classical voice, jazz voice and jazz piano lessons with musical professionals. He also stays involved with North Central’s Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the top Jazz Combo.

 The talented...

Elementary Education & Spanish double major, English Language Learning minor

Heidi cultivated a perfect marriage between her two majors—Elementary Education and Spanish—that she will carry into her career.

A recipient of the prestigious student Fulbright Fellowship, Heidi will travel to Argentina to teach English language learning methods to local teachers for 10 months after graduation. Heidi’s experiences while at North Central as a teacher and traveler complemented this opportunity.

Heidi completed two summer internships that allowed her to run her own classroom to gain real-world teaching experience. She also acquired global awareness and refined her Spanish by studying abroad in Costa Rica and Peru.

Spanish major, Leadership and Conflict Resolution minors

It was North Central’s study abroad program and welcoming admission staff that sealed Jenna’s decision to enroll.

“When I came to North Central, I knew I wanted to major in Spanish and possibly teach,” she says.

That dream became a reality after graduation when Jenna was selected for the highly competitive Teach For America program. She’ll be teaching high school Spanish and working on a master’s degree.

Jenna developed her language skills and discovered a passion for Spanish translation while studying abroad in Costa Rica. She also volunteered at her church working with lawyers and Spanish translation to help immigrants from Mexico. Those experiences led her to add minors in leadership and...

Spanish major

Emily knew from her first campus visit she found the right place to pursue her Spanish major. “I applied to two large universities, but when I visited North Central I was immediately able to picture myself here. I loved the idea of being able to interact with professors.”

Her instincts have proven right. “The most important experiences to me are the interactions I have with my professors outside of class on a regular basis. They’re always willing to talk to me whether or not the discussion relates to course work. That interaction has been an integral part of my success and isn’t something that happens at many other schools.”

Emily also was excited about the 50 study abroad programs available to...

Spanish and Classical Civilizations double major

Katie Braun has been interested in studying Spanish since age 12 so she knew from the start that she wanted study abroad opportunities and plenty of options to pursue her other interests. As a high school student, she was attracted to North Central’s Costa Rica Term, which involves 15 weeks of studying and perfecting Spanish language skills, a side trip to Nicaragua, and an internship. “I really enjoyed being in the Costa Rican work environment,” she says. “And the family I lived with just adopted me from the start and included me in their family parties.”

Katie has also performed service work at a day care in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a trip organized by the College’s office of ministry and service...