School of Humanities

Spanish Studies

For the first time and by popular demand Spanish will be taught at the University of Western Australia commencing in the summer break beginning of 2017.

As the world’s second largest spoken language, it is estimated that more than 560 million people around the world speak Spanish. Students will develop an understanding of the different Spanish cultures in Spain and Latin America.

Course description

Spanish units will teach awareness of traditional and popular Hispanic cultures, and focus on contemporary language used in Spain.

Students will learn the fundamentals of sentence structure and will gain the skills to communicate proficiently in Spanish. There will be a combination of interactive lectures, formal instruction, class discussions, group and pair work and presentations.


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Two units will be available to study: Spanish Studies 1 and Spanish Studies 2 which will provide an introduction to grammar and vocabulary to enable students to communicate both orally and in writing in simple situations.

Summer course 9 January 2017 - 24 February 2017

Spanish Studies 1 will be taught over a six-week period with 8 hours of tuition per week. There are no prerequisites for this course and anyone with no prior knowledge of Spanish is eligible to apply.

Semester 1 and Semester 2, 2017

Spanish Studies 1 and 2 will be offered as follows:

  • Spanish Studies 1 and 2 will be offered in each semester however Spanish Studies 1 is the prerequisite of Spanish Studies 2 and must be studied first
  • Students who have studied Spanish Studies 1 during the Summer will be able to continue with Spanish Studies 2 in semester 1 or semester 2
  • Students of Spanish Studies 1 during Semester 1 will be able to do Spanish Studies 2 in Semester 2
  • Students may take up Spanish Studies 1 in Semester 2, and continue in the following Summer break or Semester 1, 2018

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

Career opportunities

Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is used as an official language of the European Union and in many international organisations like the World Rugby Association and the World Trade Organisation.

Being able to communicate in Spanish will open doors to a range of career opportunities in teaching, interpreting, translating, travel, tourism and hospitality, commerce, international relations and diplomatic services.


Spanish Embassy in Australia 

The Spanish language program is proudly supported by the Spanish Embassy in Australia Cooperacion Espanola program.


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