Spanish is the second most widely spoken European language in the world and the second language of the United States.

At Bristol you have the opportunity to achieve an excellent level of spoken and written Spanish while discovering the society, culture, literature, linguistics and history of the countries where it is spoken.

Why study Spanish at Bristol?

Our Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies has an outstanding reputation and a close student community.

Following a broad grounding in year one, you choose from a wide and imaginative range of options to suit your interests in years two and four. Our degrees offer an exceptionally wide range of cultural options, from Spanish and Latin American literature to courses on cinema, history, politics and linguistics, all taught by researchers skilled in these fields. You may choose to study other optional units offered by the School of Modern Languages as well.

For your third year abroad, we currently have exchange links with universities in Spain, Chile, Mexico, Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America.

Bristol is an exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The department organises many extracurricular activities including an annual Semana Cultural, which features music, plays, talks, readings and seminars.

We offer single honours degrees in Spanish and Hispanic Studies (with Portuguese and Catalan) and a three-language BA Modern Languages. Alternatively, you may study Spanish alongside another language or subject.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

A Spanish degree at Bristol will suit those with an enquiring mind and a passion for exploring the culture of other countries and societies. Studying a modern language in the context of its speakers’ history, literature, experiences and outlooks broadens horizons and challenges preconceptions.

The year abroad is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to experience living in a different language and culture.

Spanish has official status in many countries across the world. Advanced study of Spanish plus the opportunity to live and work in another culture is perfect for you if you have a global vision for your future.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Most teaching and learning takes place in seminars and classes, supported by imaginative online materials and with regular feedback from tutors.

Language work is assessed by a programme of exercises, translations, essays and guided writing tasks, as well as written and oral exams. The other elements of the course may be assessed by a combination of essays, projects, presentations and exams.

Students are encouraged to engage fully with activities in the department in addition to structured teaching.

What are my career prospects?

Modern languages graduates are attractive to many employers, including international organisations for whom fluency in a language and knowledge of foreign institutions and customs is highly useful. You will develop skills in organisation, time management and independent learning, which are greatly valued by all employers.

Our graduates enter a wide variety of careers, including translation, interpreting, teaching, journalism, banking, marketing, tourism, accountancy, the civil service and the Foreign Office.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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