This degree gives you the chance to explore the rich linguistic, social and cultural diversity of the Hispanic world.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32 points
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We cover cultures and countries from the Iberian Peninsula to Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean.
You will achieve a high level of spoken and written Spanish, and develop a strong level of Portuguese from beginner's level. There are also options in Quechua and Catalan.
You spend a year abroad, working or studying, immersed in the culture and societies of the countries that fascinate you.
A broad choice of research-informed modules on the vibrant cultures and histories of Spain and Latin America complement your language learning.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Newcastle University is ranked as a top 5 UK university for the teaching of Iberian languages in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017.
We achieved an overall student satisfaction score of 92% in the National Student Survey 2013.
Modern Languages at Newcastle also ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
Year abroadYear abroad
All of our modern languages degrees include a compulsory year abroad.
Students studying a European language can:
- study at one of our partner universities
- work as an English language assistant in a school (UK nationals only)
- undertake a work placement in a European business
- or do a combination of the above (ensuring that they do not overlap)
You usually divide the year between the two countries relating to your chosen languages, although it may be possible to spend the whole year in one country.
If you are studying three languages we encourage you to spend some time during the summer vacation in the country of your third language.
Support for year abroadSupport for year abroad
We offer lots of help to prepare you for your year abroad, including:
- briefings covering practicalities like insurance, visas and student safety
- a Tandem Learning Scheme, to practise conversation in your foreign language
- optional group sessions with a native speaker of your foreign language, to help with daily practicalities and small talk
- free access to the newly updated Language Resource Centre for independent study
- a training course for language assistants
We also run social events for second-year students to meet finalists who have already done their year abroad, Erasmus students from our partner universities in Europe, and Chinese and Japanese exchange students from our host universities in East Asia.
Our team of Year Abroad Officers will keep in close touch with you while you are abroad. You will also communicate regularly with your personal tutor via the web-based e-portfolio.
Facilities and support
You will join the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle. We have been teaching languages at Newcastle for over 100 years. This mark of quality and heritage is reflected in the reputation that the School holds.
Facilities include state-of-the-art language laboratories and an award-winning Language Resource Centre, with self-study resources for over 50 languages.
Take a virtual tour of our facilities on the School website.
We have excellent links with other institutions, including the Centro de L