Spanish and Latin American Studies

At Monash, we offer an innovative, world-class approach to Spanish and Latin American Studies with leading international researchers in diverse fields: modern and contemporary Spanish, Catalan, and Latin American cultures and identities; transatlantic encounters between Spain and Latin America; historical memory; and race and gender

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

Spanish is spoken by over 400 million people across 23 countries and it is the most spoken non-English language of the United States. It is one of the most important languages for business and cultural exchange, especially as Australian trade with Latin America steadily increases.

Due to its cultural and geographic diversity, the Spanish-speaking world is an exciting area of study that includes Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

In studying Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American cultures and societies you will become a highly employable bilingual and bicultural global citizen with excellent skills in research, analysis, argument, presentation, and first-hand experience of living and working or studying abroad.

How to Study

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Click here for fees, entry requirements and intake information for domestic and international students.

Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

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Study Overseas

We encourage all students to hone their language skills and develop a deeper understanding of Spanish and Latin American cultures and societies by spending a period of time studying abroad in Chile, Mexico or Spain.

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.

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Other Opportunities

Monash Spanish and Latin American Studies students can apply for a Spanish Government Assistantship. This paid position enables students to spend an academic year in Spain giving English conversation classes in a school.

For students in third and fourth year, an assistantship may be combined with Study Abroad.

Entry Levels

There are three entry levels; introductory, intermediate and proficient.

All students other than absolute beginners must take the placement test before enrolling in a Spanish and Latin American Studies unit.