Welcome to Spanish at UNE! Chocolate, salsa, tango, merengue, tequila, tacos, tomates! Well, that vocabulary goes to show you that you already know some Spanish. As you can see Spanish is not that difficult. In fact, if you can say cho-co-late you're already on your way not only to learning Spanish but also to enjoying it!

As part of your Spanish studies, you can choose to spend a trimester or two overseas in Spain. In-country study is compulsory in the Bachelor of Languages, the Bachelor of Languages and International Business, and the Bachelor of International and Language Studies. You can find out more below.

Here are some further excellent reasons to study Spanish with us:

  • Small classes, personal attention
  • Challenging and fun learning activities!
  • From beginners to advanced
  • Step by step, structured units
  • All units are available online
  • Experienced and supportive staff
Why study Spanish at UNE?

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world (after Chinese and before English) according to Ethnologue: Languages of the World (2009, ed. Paul Lewis, 16th edn.,Dallas, Tex.: SIL International). At least 329 million people speak Spanish as their first language and many more speak it as a second language. Native speakers of Spanish can be found across five continents and more than twenty countries. This diversity, both in human and geographical terms, offers Spanish graduates a wealth of opportunities for their professional future.

  • Spanish is the official language in 21 countries, and is widely spoken in the US, where it is the first language of 10.7% of the population
  • Spanish is the language of one of the world's fastest growing economic regions - Latin America - and is in increasing demand for business
  • Spanish is the third most widely used language on the internet
  • Spanish is the official language of two of Australia's APEC partners (Chile and Mexico), and is spoken by about 20% of people in a third (Philippines)
  • Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations (UN)
  • Spanish is an official language of the European Union (EU)
  • Spanish is in demand in Australia - it is the eighth largest community language here

At UNE you can study Spanish at all levels, from elementary to advanced, both on-campus and off-campus. Our first trimester beginners' unit, SPAN101, which is followed in second trimester by SPAN102, assumes no prior knowledge of Spanish. More advanced units cover a variety of subjects, including 20th century Latin American Literature, Latin American music and history, and the role of the translator.

Spanish is taught at UNE through Massey University in New Zealand. Massey University's forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make it New Zealand's defining university. Massey is internationally recognised for its excellence in teaching and research and regarded as an innovative and progressive institution, with well-established expertise in online teaching. A strong international reputation for excellence and innovation means Massey University boasts high-level collaborations with tertiary institutions around the world.

In-country language study

You can study in a Spanish-speaking country as part of your degree. UNE has exchange agreements with universities in Spain for in-country study which can be credited to UNE degrees.

If you enrol in the Spanish major in the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Studies), or the Bachelor of International Studies, you can choose to spend one or two trimesters studying a language in-country.

If you enrol in the Bachelor of Languages, the Bachelor of Languages and International Business, or the Bachelor of International and Language Studies, it is compulsory to undertake in-country study.

The universities with which UNE has agreements or bilateral exchange agreements are:

Find out more about overseas language study

Undergraduate courses

Spanish can be studied as a major in the following courses:

Bachelor degrees

You can also study Spanish as an elective in almost any Bachelor's course offered at UNE; check the course rules to see how many electives you are permitted to include.

For Bachelor Honours see under postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate Diplomas

in which you can study Spanish

Postgraduate courses

Spanish can also be studied at postgraduate level in coursework or research programs.

Bachelor Honours

Find out more about Honours

Postgraduate research

Find out more about Higher Degree Research

  • SPAN101 Introductory Spanish I
  • SPAN102 Introductory Spanish II
  • SPAN201 Intermediate Spanish Language I
  • SPAN202 Intermediate Spanish Language II
  • SPAN203 The Sound of Spanish: Diction, Dialects and Diversity
  • SPAN204 Hispanic Culture and Heritage
  • SPAN301 Advanced Spanish Language
  • SPAN302 Talking Cine: Spanish Conversation on Film
  • SPAN303 Travellers' Tales: The Invention of Latin America
  • SPAN304 Theory and Practice of Translation
  • SPAN305 Latin American Voices
  • SPAN306 Latin American Rhythms and Politics: From Tango to Rock

Career areas welcoming graduates with Spanish skills include:

  • Teaching: primary, secondary, tertiary
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
  • the Arts
  • Hospitality
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Customs
  • Immigration
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Defence
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign aid
  • NGOs
  • Trade
  • Banking
  • Research
  • Community services
Partnerships and networks

Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

University of Jaén, Jaén, Spain

University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Further Information

Ms Anna Cavallaro
Convenor of Spanish

School of Arts
University of New England

Telephone:  (02) 6773 2245 (International:  +61 2 6773 2245)
Facsimile:  (02) 6773 2623 (International:  +61 2 6773 2623)