Undergraduate

Spanish Studies

Learn the language and open your mind to the Spanish way of life.

Careers and further study

This course opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

European language graduates are well qualified for careers in all areas that involve interpersonal and communication skills, especially when dealing with people from a range of cultural backgrounds. These include travel, hospitality, publishing, theatre, commerce, international relations, the diplomatic services, teaching and interpreting and translating. Knowledge of a foreign language has helped graduates secure jobs in international banking, journalism and communications, medical areas, music and the arts. Students majoring in Spanish Studies should also consider furthering their studies by taking a Master of Translation Studies to gain a prestigious professional qualification. 
European language graduates are well qualified for careers in all areas that involve interpersonal and communication skills, especially when dealing with people from a range of cultural backgrounds. These include travel, hospitality, publishing, theatre, commerce, international relations, the diplomatic services, teaching and interpreting and translating. Knowledge of a foreign language has helped graduates secure jobs in international banking, journalism and communications, medical areas, music and the arts. Students majoring in Spanish Studies should also consider furthering their studies by taking a Master of Translation Studies to gain a prestigious professional qualification. 

Further Study

This major lays the foundation for further study options at postgraduate level.
This major lays the foundation for further study options at postgraduate level.
POSTGRADUATE

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Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course

Domestic Student Fees

Indicative annual course fee
2024
Commonwealth Supported Place $9,845.65

Eligible Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) students can use the HECS-HELP loan program to pay their tuition fees. For Full-Fee Paying (FFP) places, students are charged an annual course fee.

Find out more information about tuition fees, or visit the fee calculator for a more accurate cost.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

International Student Fees

Indicative first year fee
2024
$43,100.00

Find out more about tuition fees or visit the fee calculator for the estimated total course fee.

Note, tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to increase up to 7.5 per cent per annum.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry requirements page.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

Minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

Spanish is the second most-spoken native language in the world, and UWA is the only university in WA to offer Spanish Studies. Achieve competency in listening, speaking, writing and reading the language. Experience the culture and learn about the lifestyle and achievements of Spaniards both in Spain and in the 20 Spanish-speaking countries around the world.

About the course

Studying Spanish is not simply about learning a language  it's an experience that will open your mind to different cultures. Spanish Studies helps you achieve a functional level of competency in listening, speaking, reading and writing the Spanish language, but it is also about studying Spanish literature, films and popular cultures.
Spanish Studies

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 3 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-SPNHB
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Modern Languages
Spanish Studies
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 3 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-SPNHB
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Modern Languages
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Why take a second major

  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed transferable skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.

Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in Western Australia

Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in Western Australia

Course Structure

UWA offers a full Major in Spanish Studies with 6 language units, 1 cultural unit and 1 literature unit.

This Major is offered as a beginners’ stream only. UWA does not currently offer an intermediate or an advanced stream.

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You'll learn to

  • show competence in the Spanish language in the four macroskills of language acquisition – reading, writing, listening and speaking – rated according to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR)
  • interact confidently and successfully in situations involving Spanish cultural conventions
  • interpret Spanish language texts – written, audio, visual – in the light of Spanish cultures and societies
  • shift with accuracy and skill between the English and Spanish languages and cultures
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Put theory into practice

Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.

Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.

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Where your language degree can take you

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Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

UWA is ranked in the top 8 universities in the world for modern languages (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)

Why study this course?

  • More than 580 million people around the world speak Spanish as a native or second language
  • Acquire a skill highly regarded by employers as a complement to skills such as engineering and business
  • Network and enhance your skills through the Conversation Club, student exchange opportunities, and links with cultural organisations such as the Cervantes Institute, the Cine Latino and Spanish Film Festival, and the Embassy
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Why you should study Spanish at UWA

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