Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries are among the most diverse and dynamic in the world. This degree will allow you to combine Spanish with learning Portuguese, so you can explore the cultures of the Spanish-speaking and Lusophone world.
You'll develop your language skills through core modules, while being introduced to key areas of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American culture and history.
But you'll also be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules exploring these vibrant regions, pick up practical skills such as translation or specialised language for business purposes. What's more, you'll build on this knowledge by spending time abroad in both a Spanish-speaking and a Lusophone country.
Because our department is so big, we can offer flexible degrees with an array of topics to choose from. Whether it's postcolonial writing, Latin American cinema, the African diaspora or the Spanish Civil War, you can find what you're looking for at Leeds.
Leeds offers great facilities 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. So does the Ramon Llull Institute, the cultural arm of the Catalan regional government.
The institutes seek to promote language teaching and greater understanding of Spanish-speaking, Lusophone and Catalan cultures around the world. They host a large number of cultural events and academic activities for our students, working closely with our degree programmes.
Our fully-equipped Language Centre hosts digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Interpreter Training Suites allow you to explore a career in interpreting, while our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.
You'll consolidate your written and spoken Spanish in your first year as you begin to learn Portuguese, while you can choose optional modules introducing you to the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world.
From your second year, you'll continue to develop both languages while selecting from a broader range of optional modules, on topics such as the literature and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world, Spanish regional identities and Latin American history since independence. But you'll also begin your time overseas, usually spending a term in a Spanish-speaking country, before spending your whole third year in a Portuguese-speaking community to sharpen your skills and experience the culture first-hand.
When you come back, you'll continue to refine your language skills with advanced language modules, but you'll also choose modules split across Spain, Spanish-America, Portugal and Brazil to pursue a broad base of interests. You'll even demonstrate the research and critical skills you have gained with an extended essay, or independently-researched dissertation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including A in Spanish.
Especially with the rise of economies like Mexico and Brazil, Spanish and Portuguese are seen as important languages for business. But they're also major world languages that are spoken across the globe, and the doors they can open for you are endless.
However, you'll also earn important transferable skills that are highly sought by employers. You'll have developed research and critical skills, allowing you to find information from a range of sources and draw your own conclusions from what you find. Your advanced communication and presentation skills will enable you to explain and defend those views. You'll also have experience of working in a team, and your time abroad will demonstrate you are independent and adaptable.
Graduates have gone onto work in a range of sectors, both within and beyond the UK. They include education, IT, retail, marketing, administration, the civil service and tourism. Others pursue language-based careers in areas such as translation or interpreting, or further training in these fields.
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.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
This degree is unusual in that you'll actually spend two periods abroad. Normally, you'll spend the last term of your second year in a Spanish-speaking country, leaving you a full year to spend in Portugal, Brazil or another Lusophone country, or vice versa.
We have partnerships with a number of universities in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica, Portugal and Brazil where you could study. Alternatively, you can choose to gain valuable work experience and maybe earn a salary - you could undertake a work placement or even become a language assistant in a school under the British Council's programme.
Whatever you choose to do, you'll gain a new insight into a Spanish or Portuguese-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. For many of our students, it's the real highlight of their course.
Read more about Residence Abroad in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
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