Casa Hispana: On-Campus Spanish-Language Living

Live in a great house where you can speak Spanish, participate in cultural events, and share a great space with a warm community!

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese sponsors a campus house for students interested in living in a Spanish-speaking environment. Residents speak only Spanish in the house. Two Casa Hispana Program Assistants live in the house to supervise it and organize various activities. The residence is intended for students who have achieved at least an intermediate level of proficiency and want to maintain or improve their language skills, which means residents must have completed SPAN 204 or 220, or have tested out of Macalester’s language requirement in Spanish or Portuguese. Students must take a course in Spanish in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese each semester they live in the house.

Students who live in Casa Hispana are not required to be on a campus meal plan, though some decide to purchase the meal plan anyway.

Residents of La Casa Hispana celebrate a variety of traditions from the Spanish-speaking world by hosting events that are open to the community.

The house also functions as a hospitality center when distinguished scholars are visiting the department.

Applications for residence are typically open in February for spots in the following academic year. If there are any openings during the Spring semester, applications will open in October. When applications are open, they can be accessed from this web page. The deadline for the 2024/2025 academic year is Friday, February 23, 2024 by 2:30pm.

Want to Live in Casa Hispana During the 2024/2025 Academic Year?

Apply to live in Casa Hispana for this upcoming year by the February 23rd deadline completing the Online Application Form (Applications open February 12, 2024).

Residents must have completed SPAN  204/220 or tested out of the language, agree to speak Spanish in the house, and take a SPAN class each semester they live in the house.


Contact our Casa Hispana faculty liaison, Professor Susana Blanco-Iglesias if you have any questions.

Casa Hispana

196 S. Vernon St.

St. Paul, MN 55105