What Will You Study

Spanish Studies with Chinese is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures. Our approach gives you the opportunity to acquire high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of Spanish and Chinese cultures and societies within a global context. Spanish Studies is ranked 1st for graduate prospects in the Times and Sunday Time Good University Guide 2019.

Your first year comprises an exploration of the Spanish language and its cultural context. Alongside this, you will study an intensive Chinese language and culture module, designed for beginners with little or no prior knowledge. You will also take a minor subject of your choice, and this could be a third language.

In Year 2, you will study Spain’s culture, politics and history in more depth, as well as selecting courses which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond. In the core Chinese modules, you will be introduced to more complex grammar, key sentence patterns and expand your vocabulary.

Spending your third year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country makes allows you to make a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement. We strongly recommend spending some of your vacation time in China too in order to gain first-hand experience of the Chinese language and its culture. This will consolidate your classroom language learning

In your fourth year, you will continue developing your Spanish and Chinese language skills alongside a course in Chinese culture and society. You will combine this with a choice of specialist culture and comparative courses. You will also develop a particular topic from your second year studies into your specialist dissertation.