BA Modern Languages: Spanish

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, with speakers in 21 countries across Europe and the Americas. Spanish is therefore one of the most valuable and exciting languages you can learn, owing to its commercial and cultural importance on both sides of the Atlantic. Studying Spanish at the University of Exeter, you will understand the historical development of Spain and the Hispanic world and be introduced to some of the most inspiring and famous works of art and literature, including the visual arts, painting and cinema. You’ll learn about the disciplines of linguistics, history and literary criticism, while gaining an insight into the life of Spain and Latin America.

The first year is a foundation year in which you will learn about key elements of the literature, film, history, politics and society of the Spanish-speaking world, from the history of Spain to contemporary Latin America. In addition to theoretical learning, you will undertake intense practical language training. Over four years, you will develop fundamental language skills such as reading, speaking, translating and writing, learning to perfect the delicate nuances of intonation, tone and inflection in your voice to become a skilled linguist. You will be taught by experienced language specialists and academic staff with diverse expertise in Hispanic languages and cultures who offer undergraduate teaching inspired by world-leading research. Students can also take advantage of the excellent facilities in the Foreign Language Centre.

The University of Exeter has one of the leading and most respected centres for Modern Languages in the UK, with all of our languages ranked in the top 10 in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2019, and the department ranked 4th for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017. In your third year, you will spend a year abroad in a Spanish speaking country. Choose from studying at one of our renowned partner universities such Córdoba or Valencia in Spain and UDLAP in Mexico. Alternatively, you might apply for a job teaching English under the scheme run by the British Council. Other students apply for work placements, either in Spain or Latin America. Placements in Spain can be part-funded by the EU’s Erasmus Work Placement scheme.

By the end of your degree, you will have acquired a diverse and transferable set of skills and intercultural awareness that are highly sought after by employers. Modern Language degrees offer a broad range of career paths in translation, linguistics, teaching and across multiple other industries. Recent graduates are now working in areas such as marketing and communications, project co-ordination, journalism and finance.

Degree programmes

You can study Spanish through four pathways:

  • choose to study Spanish modules only and graduate with a BA in Spanish
  • with one or two other languages (eg, Chinese, French, German Italian, Portuguese or Russian) as part of our BA Modern Languages degree
  • With Arabic, Art History & Visual Culture, Classical Studies, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy or Sociology as part of one of our Combined Honours Programmes
  • or with a bespoke selection of subjects as part of our Flexible Combined honours programme 

Programme variations