Hispanic Studies students at the University and on the year abroad, in Cuba

Undergraduate learning in Hispanic Studies

At Sheffield we don't just think about modern languages as a way of speaking and writing. To us, they're a way of broadening our understanding of the world. Join Hispanic Studies and you'll be engaging with a global community of around 700 million.

Our Hispanic Studies degrees involve the study of the Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan languages. But, much more than that, they offer you a deep insight into Hispanic cultures in Europe, Latin America and beyond, and their huge role in international civilisation. Everybody studies Spanish language as the core of their degree throughout, but to reflect the diversity and the range of opportunities in what we offer to all of our students, our degrees courses are in "Hispanic Studies" rather than just "Spanish". Study with us and become a citizen of the world.

Our range of courses

This short video of Dr Julia Banwell, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, explains the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos and how Pan De Muerto is a part of the celebrations.


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A special combination

We're one of the UK's most highly rated departments of Hispanic or Iberian studies. Join us and you'll learn alongside teaching staff whose research expertise places them in the subject's highest academic echelons. You'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities at our base in the University's stunning Jessop West building (pictured right), which opened in 2009.

You'll also get extra language practice from our unique online learning support system. You'll spend a year abroad, speaking the language, living and learning the culture.

You'll design your own degree from a wide range of modules. As well as Spanish, you can learn Portuguese or Catalan, and make friends with around 60 students from Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries who are spending a year in Sheffield as part of their studies.

And as if all that isn't enough, you'll join a warm, welcoming community where there's always something going on. It's a really special combination.

Wide-ranging careers

With around half a billion users worldwide, Spanish now vies with English as the world's second most widely spoken language. Study with us and you'll open up amazing new horizons of possibility – in both your worldview and your future career.

Graduates fluent in foreign languages are still highly sought after by UK employers. The same can be said of the other skills you'll develop with us: analytical thinking, maturity and independence, cross-cultural awareness, and, of course, excellent written and spoken communication skills.

Many of our graduates go into translating, teaching and interpreting. Quite a few end up living and working abroad after their degrees. Their language skills and their cultural awareness also come in useful for jobs in business, non-profit organisations or local, national and European government.

Study modern languages at Sheffield and the future might take you anywhere. You'll have great support and advice from our Careers Service too – even after you graduate.

Careers for Sheffield language graduates

More about job options from our Careers Service

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Your year abroad

Join us and you'll spend a year of your degree living abroad. You could be based in Spain, Portugal or Latin America. You can teach, take a work placement, volunteer or continue to study.

Whichever way you slice it, it's an amazing learning opportunity. It's a way to help you make big career decisions. Most of all, our students say it's a life-changing experience of discovery, personal development and sheer thrills, which you'll never forget.

More about your Year Abroad

Students staging the Hispanic playBe part of a community

As one of Britain's best centres for Hispanic Studies, we're naturally popular. We attract hundreds of undergraduate students and we're a fairly big department. But for a big section we have a cosy, friendly feel – and there's plenty going on away from the lecture room.

There's the Hispanic play and concert – where staff and students join up every year to put on a show. There's the Catalan v Portuguese football match, the annual Portuguese Dinner and the Catalan cinema club. There's filmmaking, talks and a huge range of social events organised by our student society, the Sociedad Hispanica. Don't forget we've got Britain's number one students' union too.

Back at Jessop West, you can expect close contact with our teaching staff. With our small-group approach, we pride ourselves on knowing all our students.  All our specialists are involved in teaching from your first year. When you arrive, we'll assign you a personal tutor who you can approach with any queries or questions.