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.

On campus and in the city

We are based in the historic heart of a world-leading festival city, close to the National Library of Scotland and National Museum of Scotland.

The Main University Library is just across the square from us. Its collections include around 27,000 books and 5,000 journals in Spanish and 5,000 books and 2,680 journals in Portuguese.

The Spanish Society is one of around 300 societies and clubs supported by Edinburgh University Students' Association. Love to write? Our online creative writing magazine Babble is the place to publish your work and meet other writers in European languages.

In addition to the summer and winter festivals, Edinburgh has a lively year-round contemporary cultural scene. Its world cinema scene is particularly strong, and we are proud to contribute to this success through the annual Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival and collaborations with Africa in Motion and IberoDocs.

Spain has a consulate in Edinburgh (Portugal an honorary consulate), and there are large communities of Spanish and Portuguese speakers.

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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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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 can also take courses in Catalan and Basque. You don't need any prior knowledge of any of the languages.

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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