The Spanish language and Hispanic culture have rapidly gained importance and influence during the past two decades. More than 400 million people in twenty-five countries speak Spanish, and it has become the second most prevalent language in the United States. The growing prominence of Spanish makes it an ideal complement to any liberal arts education. Spanish opens doors to both personal and professional development, and it is a working language of many international organizations and corporations. Professionals in many different fields – including business, theology, medicine, international relations, journalism, and education – use Spanish daily, no matter what their first language.
Southwestern strongly encourages students to study a foreign language. In fact, language study is a component of all BA degree programs at Southwestern. Spanish language study is a great investment in a promising future.
Additional language study programs are available for students of French, German and Italian at Southwestern's sister institutions in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Southwestern's students may study abroad for one year without losing credits or lengthening their course of study. The colleges affiliated with Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) are Colegio Adventista de Sagunto, Sagunto, Spain; Centre Universitaire et Pedagogique du Saleve, Collonges-sous-Saleve, France; Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, St. Peter am Hart, Austria; Universidad Adventista del Plata, Entre Rios, Argentina; University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Eldoret, Kenya; and Instituto Adventista Villa Aurora, Firenza, Italy.