Spanish and Latin American studies offers language options at all levels together with a growing number of cultural studies subjects in areas as diverse as literature, cinema, popular culture, food studies, gender studies, and area studies in both European and Latin American studies.
With more than 500 million speakers globally, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. An official language in over twenty countries such as Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia and Argentina, it is also the second language in the United States. Joining our Spanish and Latin American Studies program will give you access to this rich and diverse ecology of cultures and widen your travel, study abroad and career horizons.
The Hispanic world has a long history of influential and innovative writers, artists, architects, filmmakers and chefs, from Gaudí’s modernist buildings and Frida Kahlo’s unique paintings to Ferran Adrià’s game-changing cuisine. These are just a few examples of an exciting world of creativity that you will experience during your time with us.
The Spanish and Latin American studies program will provide you with a wide range of opportunities to develop your Spanish language skills while increasing your awareness of Spanish and Latin American cultures through authentic materials. You will also cultivate your intercultural competency, interacting with the Spanish-speaking communities in Australia and abroad.
Our program offers opportunities to study Spanish from beginners to advanced levels and with innovative scholars working in areas such as Hispanic food studies, Spanish and Latin American cinema, Latin American popular culture studies and translation. We have agreements with universities in Spain and Latin America that allow students to undertake exchange and study abroad options as part of their Spanish studies.
I've never been without a country. My language is my country.
María Zambrano (Spanish writer)
If you think well, you cook well.
Ferran Adrià (Catalan chef)
I don’t study to know more, but to ignore less.
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Mexican poet)
The program also runs 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 a series of podcast interviews (Conversaciones en Melbourne).