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Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies

Study one of the world's most widely spoken languages
Exploring the diverse, vibrant cultures across Spain and throughout the Americas.

Learn the world’s second most widely spoken language and engage with the cultures and histories of more than 400 million people. Like a Gaudi mosaic, the Spanish-speaking world comprises a multitude of unique parts that come together to form a complex and inspiring whole.

Our work integrates language teaching and cultural research to offer a comprehensive understanding of the social contexts and uses of Spanish around the world. We investigate Spanish in its spoken, written, narrative, historical and contemporary modes.

Our study offering

Spanish is the official language of 21 countries and is spoken by more than 400 million people. Studying Spanish will equip you with a deep knowledge of the language and offer you the tools to examine and understand politics, society and culture in the Spanish-speaking world.


*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees.  


Our research

Our research regularly crosses disciplinary boundaries into areas that include sociology, anthropology and psychology and address issues relating to nationalism, identity, gender, politics, ethnicity, social movements, and migration among others. We proudly maintain strong connections to the Spanish and Latin American communities of Australia. Our research areas include: 

  • Critical discourse analysis of media and law
  • Sociology of law and political cultures in Mexico
  • Gender and sexuality in contemporary Latin American contexts
  • Migration studies
  • Politics of identity in Latin American statecraft
  • Ethnicity and race in electoral politics
  • Fiction of contemporary Spain and its role in navigating reality
  • Themes of war, memory and trauma in Spain’s narrative
  • Identity, memory and space in Spanish women’s writings
  • Second language acquisition pedagogy
  • Spanish and Latin American literature and film
  • Islam, Europe and Spain
  • Cultural dislocation in contemporary Europe.

Sydney University Research Community for Latin America

Advancing knowledge of Latin America in Australia


Our advanced exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in Spain and the Americas, where eligible students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand.

  • Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile 
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia 
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico (multiple campus locations) 
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Our people

  • Professor Roy C Boland
  • Honorary Associate Professor Estela Valverde


Visit the School's Events calendar to see our full listing of upcoming events.

World Literatures and the Global South Conference

23–25 August 2019

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, the School of Languages and Cultures is proud to host the third international congress of the World Literature Association.

This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation – giving equal billing to streams in English, Chinese, Arabic, French, Indonesian/Malay and Spanish. 

Learn more

Department Chair

Dr Vek Lewis



School of Languages and Cultures

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