Spanish

Spanish is the second most widely spoken European language in the world and is 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 and linguistic history of the countries where it is spoken.

Why study Spanish at Bristol?

Bristol's Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (HiPLA) has an outstanding reputation and a close student community.

Following a broad grounding in year one, you will choose in years two and four from an exceptionally wide range of cultural options, from Spanish and Latin American literature to courses on cinema, history, politics and linguistics, all taught by skilled researchers in these areas. You may also choose to study other optional units offered by the School of Modern Languages.

We currently have exchange links with universities in Spain (including Barcelona, Zaragoza and Seville), 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 Semaña 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 Modern Languages degree. Alternatively, you may study Spanish alongside another language or subject.

Download the Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan leaflet (PDF, 210kB)

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.

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 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 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 modern languages go on to do after graduation.

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