Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Undergraduate study | Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Take a single honours degree in either Spanish or Portuguese, combine both in a joint degree, or take either with one of a wide range of other subjects.

Why study Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in Edinburgh?

The many countries in which Spanish or Portuguese are spoken have fascinatingly rich and varied cultures.

Studying one or both languages with us is your gateway to an extraordinary range of literature, film and theatre from Europe, Africa and the Americas, explored in its historical context, from medieval to contemporary times.

The University of Edinburgh is unique in Scotland in offering students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme, regardless of whether you spend the year studying or working. If you are studying Spanish and Portuguese, or either one with another language, you will divide your time between two countries, broadening your skills and experience.

One of the most attractive characteristics of our degree is its flexibility. As well as lots of joint honours combinations, your first two (pre-honours) years will give you the option to study other subjects drawn from a broad list of disciplines. You can also opt to study Catalan.

International culture flourishes here, with a Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies, numerous Hispanic student societies, and a creative writing magazine for European Languages. Our in-house Portuguese Language Centre is sponsored by the Camões Institute, and we have very close links with local schools, and the Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh. 

The wonderfully helpful and passionate staff I have had the opportunity to learn from during my degree programme at the University of Edinburgh have been truly invaluable and in combination with the captivating and challenging course content, there is no doubt that by the end of my degree I will have developed a strong linguistic skill set essential for my future.

Ian, Year 2, MA (Hons) Spanish and Portuguese

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The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages.

We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we’re in the World Top 10 for Arts & Humanities (9) and Modern Languages (10).

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Other ways to learn Spanish or Portuguese at Edinburgh

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If you're not on one of our degree programmes, you can still learn Spanish or Portuguese with us!

As an undergraduate student of most subjects at the University of Edinburgh, you can take Spanish or Portuguese as an outside subject in one or both of Years 1 and 2 of your programme, depending on your timetable. You don't need any prior knowledge of either language.

Find out more about outside subjects 

Spanish is available to all students (undergraduate and postgraduate) as an Open Language Course and - through the Centre for Open Learning - as a Short Course, with options for complete beginners. There are also Short Courses in Portuguese.

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