Spanish and Latin American Studies program overview

The Spanish and Latin American Studies Program offers a major that can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. Depending on your year of enrolment the requirements for completing the major may be different. Select from the options below to see the requirements relevant to you.

I started my degree before 2014

Students who wish to major in Spanish must take at least 36 senior credit points from a combination of language units and other units offered by the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies or through cross-listing. A minimum of 24 credit points must be taken from language units and a minimum of 12 credit points must be taken from other units of study.

Students may take European Studies units in addition to completing a Spanish Studies major to provide breadth in their major sequence. This applies particularly to students in the senior levels of the Beginners stream.

Students who have completed first-year language studies in advanced streams may be able to commence learning a second language alongside their major from second year onward. Mid-year entry students may need to exceed the junior credit point limit of their course in order to commence a language in their second year, in which case special permission will be needed. If you are not sure, consult with the Student Advisers in the Faculty office.

I started my degree in or after 2014

A major in Spanish and Latin American Studies requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 24 credit points from language units of study and at least 6 credit points at 3000 level.

The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Spanish and Latin American Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website

For more in-depth information on the Spanish and Latin American Studies subject area, including tables and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, for current year enrolments go to

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Spanish and Latin American Studies

For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.

Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.

International exchange

The department encourages students to spend a period of exchange at an overseas university. The University’s International Exchange Program enables you to undertake approved overseas study, with the credit achieved counting towards your degree at the University of Sydney. Comprehensive information is available at the Student Exchange Office Website.

You can study at one of the many partner universities across the world with which the University has signed a formal exchange agreement. The University of Sydney has partnerships with the following universities that offer Spanish as part of their curriculum:

As well as agreements with other European and Latin American Universities.

If you need to ask about gaining credit at the University of Sydney for subjects that you want to study in Spain, check with the Student Exchange Coordinator for Spanish and Latin American Studies.