Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and Spanish-speaking countries around the world are known for their economic potential and rich cultures. This degree will help you become proficient in the language, as well as gaining an insight into the cultural life of these dynamic and exciting countries.
Our tutors are experts in their fields, and because we're such a big department we can offer flexible degrees with plenty of choice. Core modules will improve your spoken and written Spanish, as well as introducing you to the culture and history of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.
You'll also be able to shape your degree by selecting optional modules on topics such as the Spanish Civil War, Hispanic and Lusophone cinema and contemporary Spanish culture and politics. You can choose to learn Catalan language and culture, and gain practical skills in translation studies. It's a great opportunity to explore the Hispanic world's vibrant and complex cultures.
Leeds offers great facilities for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies 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.
In addition 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.
You'll spend your first year practising your written and spoken Spanish skills in core language modules, as well as being introduced to key aspects of Spanish and Latin American culture or choosing to learn Catalan. You'll then build on this knowledge with a wider range of optional modules to choose from in the following year, including topics such as Spanish and Latin American history, translation, literature, cinema and theatre.
All of this serves to prepare you for spending a year studying in a Spanish-speaking country, sharpening your language skills and absorbing the culture of your local community.
When you come back to Leeds, you'll return with first-hand experience to shape your studies, as you take advanced language classes and select from more optional modules, from the use of Spanish in a business context to national and regional identities in Spain. You can also apply the critical skills you've developed to an extended essay or dissertation, which you will research independently.
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.
A degree in Spanish gives you proficiency in a global language that is spoken in many major economies. It also gives you an appreciation of their cultures and helps you to consider the language in context.
These qualities could open numerous doors in themselves, but you'll also acquire a range of transferable skills that are highly desirable to employers. You'll be a clear communicator with strong presentation skills, as well as being a critical thinker who draws your own conclusions from the information available to you. Your year abroad will demonstrate that you are independent and adaptable, while you'll have skills in teamwork, research and time management.
Graduates have gone into careers in a wide range of careers both in the UK and overseas. They include retail, education, marketing, administration, teaching, business and finance and journalism. Others go into language-based roles such as translation or interpreting, or pursue further training in this area.
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
You'll spend your third year in Spain or another Spanish-speaking country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.
We have partnerships with a number of universities in Spain and Latin America where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could even work as 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-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you'll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it's the real highlight of their course.
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