Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Spanish and Portuguese provides students with a choice of Erasmus places and other exchange programmes in Latin America.

We have exchange programmes with some of the most prestigious universities in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, all in attractive and exciting cities. Every year, some of our students secure work placements (as part of their year abroad) with international companies and cultural institutions in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Exchanges with universities in Spain, Portugal, and Latin-America

Universidad de Salamanca

The Universidad de Salamanca was established in 1218 and is the third oldest university in Europe. It has retained a tradition of excellence that spans eight centuries and attracts students from all over the world. The city of Salamanca was one of the first 30 in the world to be awarded the UNESCO title of World Heritage Site. It is one of the most monumental cities in the world with distinctive Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

"Salamanca is everything you would want in a University city – tradition, culture and fun in an international context. It changed my viewpoint on life and learning and the friendships I made there will stay forever with me. What makes Salamanca so different is the sense of community based around the splendid Plaza Mayor: a small city with a big international outlook. I won funding to create a Student’s guide to Salamanca ( that aims to promote Salamanca as a student destination and it is a project I feel very passionate about. Please check it out!"

Andrew (Aberdeen)Spanish and European History, 2010. Present Occupation: Media Outreach consultant at Meltwater Press, Aberdeen.

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Founded in 1499 in the town of Alcalá, the UCM moved to Madrid in 1836. Today, UCM is a research-led university known internationally, with the largest university library in Spain and more than 85,000 students. Madrid is the administrative, economic and cultural heart of Spain. It is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant cultural and social life.

"I felt at home from the day I arrived in Madrid until I had to leave. Studying at the UCM exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed all the classes I took. I found many activities and events in Madrid that were closely tied to my academic courses, in this way I had an amazing opportunity to practically experience what I have acquired in my classes; attending open lectures, poetry recitals and theatre productions organised by Círculo de Bellas Artes, Casa de América, Caixa Forum, etc. It was a year of inspiration and cultural revolution!"

Sybilla (Opole, Poland)Spanish and Politics, 2012

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

UAM is one of Spain’s leading universities, whose repute in the Humanities is second to none in the Spanish-speaking world. Its present academic staff includes three members of the Spanish Royal Academy. Its former academics include Fernando Lázaro Carreter and Domingo Induráin. Its best-known alumnus is Spain’s Crown Prince. Madrid is the administrative, economic and cultural heart of Spain. It is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant cultural and social life.

"UAM is a very academic university and studying there was immensely rewarding. All of the lecturers are extremely passionate about their subjects and are constantly debating with students and defending their points of view. My term at UAM was an invaluable learning opportunity."

Emily (Paris, France)Spanish and English Literature, 2011. Present occupation: Journalism internship at The Financial Times, London.

Universidad de Sevilla

Founded in 1505, Seville is one of the top-ranking Spanish universities with a student population of more than 70,000. Edinburgh students attend courses at the Facultad de Filología, in one of Seville’s most charming monumental buildings. Seville is the capital city of Andalusia, a large city and home to some of Spain’s most exciting cultural events — Easter celebrations and the Feria de Sevilla. Seville is also known for its flamenco bars, bull-fighting, and warm weather.

"In Seville, every typical Spanish tradition bursts into reality. The sun, tapas, bull-fighting, flamenco, and horses are around every corner of la calle, which bustles with life. It's those warm, colorful streets that I miss the most: the bright balconies and painted tiles, rich yellows and vibrant reds. The people who inhabit them are no different from the streets themselves: colorful and loud, warm and animated, and always ready for a chat. An unforgettable experience."

Catherine (Newtown, Connecticut, USA)Spanish and English Literature, 2012

Universidad de Valladolid

The University of Valladolid was established in 1241, when the University of Palencia moved to Valladolid. In its seven centuries of history, the University of Valladolid has made its name as one of Spain’s most influential higher education institutions, with campuses in the cities of Valladolid, Segovia, Palencia and Soria. Valladolid is the capital city of Castille-Leon, and is known for its rich Renaissance architecture.

"Valladolid is the perfect place to learn beautiful, Castilian Spanish. Valladolid itself is a very attractive city, which boasts a multitude of tapas bars, museums, parks and great night life, but it is also brilliantly located for travel around Spain. Anyone who chooses to study in Valladolid will use their Spanish every day, will make Spanish friends and will get a taste of what life in Spain is really like."

Robyn (Guisborough, England)Spanish and European Union Studies, 2012

Universidad de Granada

The University of Granada was established in 1531. It is one of Spain’s best regarded universities. It has a student population of nearly 90,000 and regularly attracts more international visiting students than any other Spanish university. The city of Granada is known for its splendid Arab architecture and its student life.

"Granada is an thrilling cultural melting pot, and as the home of Lorca, what better place to study Spanish literature than this university. I loved it."

Sarah (Stratford on Avon, England)Spanish and English Literature, 2010. Present Occupation: Business Administrator, BBC Vision, London.

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

UAB is a modern university established in 1968. It is located in Cerdanyola, just 20 km from the city of Barcelona. It is one of Spain’s leading research institutions with a large number of research institutes. Its Dept of Spanish Literature is regarded as one of the leaders in the field. Barcelona is a coastal city with rich Modernist architecture, known for its museums and parks. The beaches in Barcelona and the area are amongst the best kept in Europe. Nearby is Girona, one of the most monumental cities in Spain. The Girona coastline is known as La Costa Brava, with some of the most beautiful beaches and dramatic waterscapes in Spain.

Universidad de Extremadura in Cáceres

The Universidad de Extremadura is a modern institution established in 1973. Its Dept of Spanish Literature is one of the most research-active ones in the field. The city of Cáceres was one of the first 30 in the world to be given the UNESCO title of World Heritage Site. Its old quarters are internationally known for their Renaissance palaces. Just 40 miles from Cáceres is the town of Mérida, also included in the first list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Mérida was one of the two main administrative centres of Roman Spain, and is today home of the Spanish Museo Nacional de Arte Romano.

"Cáceres is the best place to improve and perfect your Spanish. You will be immediately immersed in authentic Spanish culture and welcomed by everyone. A city where you will feel right at home straight away."

Claudia (Jersey)Spanish and English Literature, 2012

Universidad de Alcalá de Henares

The University of Alcalá was established in 1977 when the old University buildings reopened. Today, Alcalá maintains the tradition of excellence forged throughout the centuries by the old University of Alcalá. Alcalá is a monumental town, known as Cervantes’s birth place. Alcalá is just 20 miles away from Madrid, and frequent train services run to/from Madrid city centre.

Universidad de Almería

The University of Almería was established in 1993. The campus is located on the shore of the Mediterranean sea. The city of Almería is a calm tourist destination with rich Arab architecture, lovely beaches and warm weather all year.

Universidade de Coimbra

Established in 1290, the University of Coimbra is the oldest in the Portuguese-speaking world. Set on one of the highest hills in Coimbra, with breath-taking views over the Mondego valley, the University is internationally known for its old buildings and its ancient traditions and celebrations, including the Queima das Fitas (a graduation ritual) and the Festa das Latas (a homecoming celebration). Coimbra is a medium-size monumental city known for its cultural agenda. Just 40 km is the coastal town of Figueira da Foz, one of Portugal’s best-known tourist towns for its beautiful scenery, and its casino and night life.

Universidad de San Andrés

The Universidad de San Andrés was established in 1988 and is just 28 km from Buenos Aires. It is today regarded as one of the foremost universities in Argentina. The Max von Buch University Library is one of the largest in the country. Buenos Aires is a charming city and a favourite destination among our students.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Established in 1888 in the city of Santiago, the UC is traditionally regarded as one of the two top universities of Chile. It is a research-led university with a strong international reputation. Santiago is the capital of Chile; it is regarded as the business centre of Latin America, and also the third city in Latin America with the best quality of life.

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

The UNAM is possible the best-reputed university in Mexico and one of the best in Latin America. Founded in 1910, the UNAM has earned itself a reputation for its dedication to the arts. Its cultural mission earned it the Príncipe de Asturias Prize for the Humanities in 2009.

CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)

CIDE was established in 1974 in Mexico DF and is today one of the leading international institutions for social sciences, reputed for the excellence of its teaching and its research. It offers degrees in History, Economics, Politics, etc. Our students in CIDE enjoy the academic dynamism in one of Latin-America's most interesting cities.

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Established in 1941, PUC-Rio enjoys an excellent reputation, being ranked amongst the top ten universities in Brazil. Its small, leafy campus is located in the quiet district of Gávea, immediately behind Leblon and Ipanema, and Rio is a very popular destination with our students.

Universidade de São Paulo

USP is the most prestigious university in Latin America, being consistently ranked first in the region by the leading worldwide ranking organisations. USP was founded in 1934 (although the earliest of its faculties dates back to 1827) and its history mirrors the rise of São Paulo as the dynamic financial and business capital of Brazil.

Universidade de São Paulo


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