Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

We combine a long-established tradition of Spanish and Portuguese language scholarship with a dynamic approach to Hispanic and Lusophone Studies.

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Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies undergraduate degrees

Undergraduate degrees

Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries are among the most diverse and dynamic in the world. In light of the increasing international prominence of Spanish and Portuguese - particularly on account of the boom economies of Brazil and Mexico - demand for students of Hispanic, Iberian and Latin American Studies is only going to grow in the future.

Spanish has been taught as a degree subject at Leeds since 1918 and Portuguese since the 1950s, making us one of the longest-standing providers in the UK.

Our teaching staff have a multidisciplinary research culture which specialises in language, literature, history, social sciences, cultural and film studies, covering Spain, Portugal, Latin America and Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Africa.

Studying with us

When studying with us, you'll reach a high level of linguistic proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese whilst acquiring a wide range of skills to support your graduate career.

You'll be able to study advanced level modules in a variety of subjects such as translation, Spanish for business, 20th-century Spanish history, and Latin American culture.

Your residence abroad will give you the opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of your host country, allowing you to immerse yourself in the culture and make substantial linguistic progress.

We are proud of our strong connection with the (on-campus) cultural branches of the governments of Spain and Portugal, the Cervantes Institute and the Camões Institute, and with the Ramon Llull, the cultural branch of the Catalan autonomous government. All three institutes host a large number of cultural events and academic activities, in partnership with Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

The University's Language Zone has a range of resources, including books, magazines, audio and video resources, in over 50 languages and provides additional opportunities to practice your language skills through workshops, language exchanges and language groups.

Enrichment opportunities

Our friendly community of staff and students creates a welcoming and lively environment, while the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Society (SlapSoc) offers opportunities to socialise and promises a year of unmissable events including sports, film nights, and exciting trips.

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Charlotte Broadhurst
Student | Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
"If you love languages and are fascinated by different cultures, I can’t encourage you to go for it enough. There is always the opportunity to study something new and interesting."