Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Information for offer holders on single and joint honours degree programmes involving Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. ¡Bienvenidos! Bem-vindo!
Welcome from Professor Jeremy Robbins, Head of School
Thank you for your interest in the subject area of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS). Whichever programme you hold an offer for, congratulations on receiving it! I’m delighted that you are interested in studying with us, and we very much hope that you will join our community.
The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) offers one of the widest range of languages of any UK university. Our students and graduates tell us that they value the School’s friendliness, the connections they have made here, and the in-depth guidance of our staff, who are experts in their field and passionate about what they do.
We specialise in teaching students with varying amounts of language experience so, whatever your existing level, you will be in good hands. Additionally, accepting an offer with us means that you have access to our European languages online resources hub for new students before you start.
Ordinarily, we’d be welcoming you to our building in the heart of the University of Edinburgh’s Central Area, just across George Square from the Main Library. As we can’t do that just now, we’ve provided as much information as we can here to help you on your way to choosing the right university for you.
Good luck, and we hope to see you in September.
Recording from our recent offer holder event
If you missed our live subject presentation, catch up now to learn more about Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at Edinburgh and the range of support and opportunities available to you throughout your studies.
- Video: Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Offer Holder Subject Session 2021
- Our academic staff explain what it will be like to study Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at 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.
The detailed content of your degree programme has now been published in our Degree Programme Tables for 2021 entry.
What is my Degree Programme Table (DPT)?
Your Degree Programme Table provides information about what you will study on your programme at Edinburgh and how you will be assessed.
The information is correct for the academic year 2021-22. Your DPT will be updated each year that you study at Edinburgh, so details may change for future years of your programme.
Please note, there may be some minor changes to your degree programme since you applied, but the structure and compulsory courses remain the same.
What should I look out for?
As part of your programme you’ll take a selection of courses (some are compulsory and some you can choose yourself). Each course is assigned a number of credits and you’ll need to take 120 credits worth of courses each year.
Your DPT will show which courses are compulsory, which optional courses are open to your programme, and how many credits each course is worth.
You should also check your DPT to see whether there are any prerequisites (e.g. specific qualifications) you need to have to take a particular course.
Choosing your courses
You will make your course choices at the start of the academic year.
There will be a virtual Course Options Fair, where you can pick up more information on courses available within your programme.
You will be able to discuss your options with us, including availability of courses and timetabling. Some courses may have a limited number of places or you may find that the courses you’d like to take conflict in terms of scheduling, so you’ll need to consider a range of options.
We will be able to help guide you as you select your path of study.
Have you missed some language learning during the pandemic? Perhaps you’re joining us to start Spanish or Portuguese from scratch? Whether you’re catching up, or starting out, we hope that you’ll find our online resources hub a useful way of getting ready to learn with us in September.
For Spanish, we stream classes depending on prior experience, so we’ve split the resources to reflect the different levels at which our students join us.
The student-run Tandem Language Exchange helps members find language exchange partners in lots of languages - Spanish is one of its most popular. The group hosts weekly language cafes, monthly speed linguas, and other language-themed events.
This year, we've also been working with Edinburgh Global on the eTandem Global languages programme and vlog competition. Our students have had the chance to make new friends in different universities worldwide, practise languages, and learn more about each other’s culture.
Love to write? Our online creative writing magazine Babble is the place to publish your:
We publish work written in Spanish, Portuguese and seven other European languages. Babble is published twice a year, and you can get involved in the editorial committee.
All our SPLAS programmes include time abroad in a country where either Spanish or Portuguese is spoken. You will spend this either studying or on work placement, for example teaching in a school. If you’re taking Spanish and Portuguese together, or one of the two with another language, you’ll spend time in two countries to practise both languages.
For you, the Year Abroad will be the 2023-2024 academic year, your third year as an Edinburgh student. It will be your chance to turn classroom learning into living engagement with Hispanic and Lusophone culture, developing lots of skills that you will use after university and that employers love to see.
If international travel restrictions mean that you cannot go abroad, don’t worry. You will be offered alternative ways of engaging with your subject(s), allowing you to meet your learning outcomes and prepare for your final year.
Find out more about Go Abroad opportunities at the University of Edinburgh and hear from our Study and Work Away Team.
One of the benefits of taking a four-year degree is the chance to study different subjects in your first two years. Most of our degree programmes have this flexibility.
If you love languages, and Spanish or Portuguese is the only one you are studying with us, why not pick up another language while you’re here?
We have a very wide range of languages to choose from, either as part of your programme, as a short evening course with the Centre for Open Learning, or socially.
The majority are suitable for complete beginners - no previous experience required!
Take a look around our School, and the wider University, with our Virtual Visit. Look inside 50 George Square (where SPLAS is based), check out the campus libraries and points of interest, and get a feel for what it's like to study and live in Edinburgh.
We currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for the academic year starting in September 2021.
We’re monitoring government guidance on Covid-19 prevention measures and we’ll adjust our 2021-22 plans in response to any relevant changes.Current plans for teaching and learning in 2021-22
Lucilla Luprano has just been voted in as the Student Association’s Undergraduate Rep(representative) for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) for 2021/22.
Asked what advice she has for school leavers starting university this year, she says: "No matter how scary it seems, just jump into all the opportunities you find interesting. Four years are actually shorter than they seem."Find out more about Lucilla’s role in LLC
What happens next?
We'd love you to accept your offer and become part of our community.
If you do accept your offer, you will receive further information about what to do next, including details of our New Students website and information about Welcome Week.