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Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies

Study one of the world's most widely spoken languages
Exploring the diverse, vibrant cultures across Spain and throughout the Americas.

Learn the world’s second most widely spoken language at Sydney's #1 university for Modern Languages*. Engage with the cultures and histories of more than 400 million people. Like a Gaudi mosaic, the Spanish-speaking world comprises a multitude of unique parts that come together to form a complex and inspiring whole.

Our work integrates language teaching and cultural research to offer a comprehensive understanding of the social contexts and uses of Spanish around the world. We investigate Spanish in its spoken, written, narrative, historical and contemporary modes.

*2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject

Our study offering

Spanish is the official language of 21 countries and is spoken by more than 400 million people. Studying Spanish will equip you with a deep knowledge of the language and offer you the tools to examine and understand politics, society and culture in the Spanish-speaking world.


*Available as a major and minor within the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  


Our research

Our research regularly crosses disciplinary boundaries into areas that include sociology, anthropology and psychology and address issues relating to nationalism, identity, gender, politics, ethnicity, social movements, and migration among others. We proudly maintain strong connections to the Spanish and Latin American communities of Australia. Our research areas include: 

  • Critical discourse analysis of media and law
  • Sociology of law and political cultures in Mexico
  • Gender and sexuality in contemporary Latin American contexts
  • Migration studies
  • Politics of identity in Latin American statecraft
  • Ethnicity and race in electoral politics
  • Fiction of contemporary Spain and its role in navigating reality
  • Themes of war, memory and trauma in Spain’s narrative
  • Identity, memory and space in Spanish women’s writings
  • Second language acquisition pedagogy
  • Spanish and Latin American literature and film
  • Islam, Europe and Spain
  • Cultural dislocation in contemporary Europe.

Sydney University Research Community for Latin America

Advancing knowledge of Latin America in Australia


Our advanced exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in Spain and the Americas, where eligible students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand.

  • Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile 
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia 
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico (multiple campus locations) 
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Valladolid, Spain

Our people

  • Ines Duran Matute
  • Dr Christian Tym


Visit the School's Events calendar to see our full listing of upcoming events.

UPDATE: In light of COVID-19 developments, please be advised this University event will no longer take place in the short term. Some of our events are transitioning to online, and these will be advertised accordingly. Let us know what event you're interested in via our online form, and we'll update you as the situation changes.

Learn more about the University’s advice regarding COVID-19 here.

The third international congress of the World Literature Association on 'World Literatures and the Global South' was proudly hosted by the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney from 23–25 August 2019.

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, this international conference engaged with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.

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Department Chair

Dr Vek Lewis


  • School of Languages and Cultures, Room 506, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, The University of Sydney NSW 2006

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