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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

Spanish is spoken by over 400 million people, is the third most spoken language in the world and is the official language of 21 countries, spanning Europe, the Americas and Africa. Studying Spanish will equip you with a deep and applied knowledge of the language, its social and academic contexts and uses, as well as the tools to examine and understand past and contemporary forms of politics, society and culture in the Spanish-speaking world.

With both language and culture subjects, you will explore modern and contemporary culture; discuss major/contemporary literary, film, cultural, and intellectual movements, genres, and works from a variety of media; and engage critically with a wide range of issues related to race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, and social struggles. You participate in Spanish via group work, role-plays, creative project-based work, online quizzes, discussion, as well as skills tests, exams and essay writing.

Our exchange programs with universities in Spain and Latin America enhance your learning by offering invaluable in-country exposure to these societies and cultures. 

Students will follow the appropriate pathway specified in the unit of study tables, based on their individual language level. Students completing any of the pathways for a major will be awarded a major in Spanish and Latin American Studies.

Appropriate language units are determined either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate (as listed in the pathways linked above) or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement. If you are unsure of your language level or which pathway is appropriate for you, please contact the Department for advice.

This Spanish and Latin American Studies (Introductory) pathway is suitable for complete beginners or students with very little language experience.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Business and government consultant 
  • Communications and media officer 
  • Diplomat 
  • Foreign affairs officer 
  • Language teacher 
  • Policy analyst 
  • Translator and interpreter 
  • Travel and tourism consultant
Career pathways
Courses that offer this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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