Spanish

Spanish is the second most widely spoken European language in the world and is the second language of the United States. Our degrees build on many aspects of the history, literature and culture of Iberia and Latin America.

Bristol's Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (HiPLA) has a cosmopolitan and student-focused atmosphere. We have exchange links with universities in Spain (including Barcelona, Zaragoza and Sevilla), Chile, Mexico, Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America.

A Spanish degree from Bristol will enable you to achieve an excellent level of spoken and written Spanish while providing the opportunity to discover the society, culture, literature and linguistic history of these fascinating countries.

Why study Spanish at Bristol?

Bristol’s HiPLA Department has an outstanding reputation and a close student community.

As well as studying the Spanish language, our options allow you to explore the history, literature and cultures of Spain and Latin America. Following a broad grounding in year one, you will choose from a wide and imaginative range of options to suit your personal interests in your second and fourth years. You may also choose to study other optional units offered by the School of Modern Languages. Whatever combination of subjects you study, you will be working alongside top quality students in a range of different disciplines.

Extracurricular events within the department include an annual Semaña Cultural. 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.

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, experience and outlooks opens 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.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

We offer Single Honours degrees in Spanish, Hispanic Studies (with Portuguese and Catalan) and a new, three-language pathway. Alternatively, you may study Spanish alongside another language or subject.

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 by written and oral exams. The other elements of the course may be assessed by a combination of essays, projects or exams.

As well as structured teaching, students are encouraged to engage fully with activities in the department.

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 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.

 Read more about what students from the department go on to do after graduation.

 

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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