Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Albie Mills talks about his experience of studying at Edinburgh and why he chose to study Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American studies with us.
My student experience
“In Edinburgh, I think there is the perfect mix between people who match each other intellectually but also have a sense of humour and a sense of fun.
“The city feels a perfect size to me. Edinburgh is still a capital city with museums, cafés, bars, nightclubs, theatres and cinemas, but unlike many universities in the UK, the University isn’t the whole town. However, nor does it feel like the city dwarfs the University. You still feel like a student and the locals are very friendly and accommodating here.”
“Languages have always been what I’m best at. The European, African, and Latin American Hispanic and Lusophone countries are some of the most politically, socially, musically and artistically rich and beautiful in the world.
“The Spanish and Portuguese programme at Edinburgh provides you with a fantastic understanding of the socio-political climate throughout the eras. In one year, I’ve studied medieval wars, the colonialization of Latin America, dictatorship in Argentina and civil wars in Angola, Spain and Mozambique, all through the medium of brilliant writers and directors such as Lorca and Echeverría.
“The hardest thing to adjust to is the massive gap between language grammar at university level and at A-Level or Higher. The huge improvement that I’ve experienced in my spoken and written Spanish, and Portuguese, which I started from scratch, can be attributed to my professors and the amount of help you receive with grammar.
“One of the best things about my programme has been the opportunity to do an extra subject in the first two years. I studied Farsi (Persian) and Modern Middle Eastern History in my first year which gave me a fantastic knowledge and understanding of things that I’d always been interested in but was never taught at school."
“One of the best things about my programme has been the opportunity to take an extra subject in the first two years. I studied Farsi (Persian) and Modern Middle Eastern History in my first year, which gave me a fantastic knowledge and understanding of things I’d always been interested in but was never taught at school.”
“The importance of Latin America is undoubtedly going to rise in the near future and countries like Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico and Argentina have such huge geopolitical importance that is hard to ignore their role in the future global economy. A degree in Spanish and Portuguese opens up this enormous continent of opportunity.”