Spanish and Arabic are major world languages, and each has its own rich cultural heritage. If you have an A-level in Spanish, this exciting Joint Honours degree will allow you to build on those skills while learning Arabic from scratch.
Core modules will give you the chance to improve your language skills and discover Arab, Islamic, Spanish and Latin American history and culture. You'll then shape your degree to suit your interests, as you choose from a wide range of optional modules exploring different topics in depth. You'll even spend a year in an Arabic-speaking country and a term in Spain to experience life in each culture.
You could study Latin American cinema or the workings of the Arab media, or you could look at Spain's transition to democracy alongside popular revolts in the Middle East and North Africa. There's even the chance to try a completely different language from scratch, or explore a career in translation or interpreting.
Leeds offers great facilities for language students. Our fully-equipped Language Centre hosts digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.
Our world-class library resources include a huge variety of books and academic journals around the areas of Middle East studies and the politics, societies and cultures of the Middle East, as well as a wealth of audio-visual materials. The University Library runs a full training programme to help you exploit them. In addition, our archives contain 500 Arabic manuscripts and 10,000 archaeological artefacts, ranging from Pharaonic to early Palestinian eras.
For SPLAS students, the most exciting resources we have are the cultural branches of the governments of Spain and Portugal - the Cervantes and Camões Institutes have branches on campus, as does the cultural arm of the Catalan autonomous government, the Ramon Llull Institute. The institutes seek to promote language teaching and greater understanding of Spanish-speaking, Lusophone and Catalan cultures around the world. Working with our degree programmes, they host many cultural events and academic activities for our students.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
You'll spend your first year taking intensive language classes to build your knowledge of Arabic, while consolidating your written and spoken Spanish. You'll also be introduced to the history and culture of Islam, Arab states, Spain and Latin America, and you'll take one of our Cornerstone modules to bring your two subjects together. You'll even have the chance to learn a completely new language, from Catalan and Portuguese to Hebrew, Persian and Mandarin.
This foundation will prepare you for your second year, which you'll spend at a university in an Arabic-speaking country where you can hone your language skills. You'll return to Leeds to continue with your language classes and choose from a range of optional modules in both subjects, before spending another term at a Spanish university.
By the time you come back to Leeds for your final year, you'll have improved language skills and much deeper cultural awareness to bring to your studies. You'll take advanced classes in both languages while choosing from an even broader range of options on topics like translation, Middle East politics or identity in Chicano cinema. You'll also have the choice to apply your skills to an independently researched dissertation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
You'll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
including A in Spanish
Arabic and Spanish are widely spoken across the globe and a Joint Honours degree in the two subjects will open doors to a wide range of careers at home and abroad. You'll also gain valuable transferable skills that employers actively seek.
You'll be a confident communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, as well as having strong research and analytical skills. Spending time abroad will demonstrate that you are independent and adaptable, but you'll also work well within a team. Managing two different subjects will also equip you with organisational skills.
Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers in the UK and elsewhere. Many have pursued postgraduate study and further training in language-based fields like translation or interpreting. Others have gone into business and finance, the creative industries, education, law, journalism, publishing and the charity sector.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
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Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend your second year studying an Arabic language course at one of our partner universities, either the Arabic Language Institute in Fes (ALIF), Morocco, or the Alexandria Centre for Languages (ACL) in Egypt.
Then you'll spend a term in Spain, studying a dedicated language course in Léon or Granada. Both periods abroad are fantastic opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture and gain valuable experience to inform your studies.
Read more about Residence Abroad in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Read more about Residence Abroad in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies