Spanish and Latin American Studies

Our program offers opportunities to study and undertake independent research projects with innovative scholars working in areas such as Hispanic food studies, Spanish and Latin American cinema, Latin American popular culture studies, and research with Indigenous and Afro-Latin communities.

The Afrekete Afro-Cuban Festival
The Afrekete Afro-Cuban Festival, featured in project 'Who is Nature?'

Beyond sound disciplinary skills, students will also develop and enhance critical workplace skills. These include intercultural competency interacting with the Spanish-speaking communities in Australia and abroad.

Our innovative elective Languages at Work offers students an additional opportunity to engage with industry collaborators in target-language communities in Australia.

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Associate Professor Lara Anderson and students from the cultural elective Cooking up the Nation
Associate Professor Lara Anderson and students from the cultural elective Cooking up the Nation. After a semester of thinking critically about food, we cooked paella together and listened to the wonderful podcasts the students had prepared as part of the assessment for the course.

Study with us

Study Spanish, from beginners to advanced, with our innovative scholars who work in areas such as Hispanic food studies, Spanish and Latin American cinema, Latin American popular culture studies and translation.

Graduate Seminar given at The University of Valladolid
Graduate Seminar given at The University of Valladolid: ‘Rock and dictatorship in Argentina’.

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In addition to developing language and cultural skills, students in our programs also benefit from:

  • Developing practical workplace skills, such as teamwork, information literacy and cultural competency, as part of our Work-Integrated Learning approach
  • Taking part in our mentoring program where beginner students gain knowledge, advice and support from more advanced students, and more advanced students gain leadership, oral and presentation skills
  • Networking with visiting members of the Hispanic Community – including academics, artists and business professionals – who they can partner with in our subject, Languages at Work

Maintaining a learning journey ePortfolio to critically self-assess achievement, spot shortcomings and identify development opportunities.

Elective subject “Realities & Fictions of Argentina” delivered overseas, now available as an Online Winter Intensive
Elective subject ‘Realities & Fictions of Argentina’ delivered overseas, now available as an Online Winter Intensive.

Undertake part of your studies overseas

Students can undertake exchange and study abroad options at the below universities and as part our two overseas subjects, Tales of Muslim Spain and Experiencing Foodscapes: Italy and Spain.

Spain: University of Barcelona, University of Granada, University of Salamanca , The Autonomous University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Madrid, ESADE Business School and IE Business School

Mexico: University of Guadalajara; Monterry Tech in Cuernavaca, Campus Mexico City Mexico State, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro , and Santa Fe.

Chile: University of Chile, Technical University of Federico Santa Maria and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Argentina: Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina

Brazil: University of São Paulo

Columbia: University of the Andes

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Connect with our community partners

We run a highly popular program of research and cultural events, including an annual Latin American Film Festival (in collaboration with Latin American embassies), a Public Lecture program (in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes), a Spanish Research Day (in collaboration with other universities in Melbourne), and podcasts hosted by Lara Anderson and Adrian Hearn.

Students connect with the community as part of their course work, visits to the NGV, senior students work with the art educator. Students in Languages at Work can do industry work with partners, such as Aborígens – Local Food Insiders and the Latin American Film Festival.

Meet our Spanish and Latin American Studies staff

Our academics are leading teachers, researchers and industry professionals.

Spanish and Latin American Studies honorary staff