What will I learn?

Do you consider yourself to be a European and global citizen? If the answer is yes, our Joint Honours degree in Italian and Spanish is the course for you. Grasp this opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the language and culture of two of the oldest civilisations in Mediterranean Europe. By studying for this degree, you will develop competence across the full range of linguistic skills in Italian and Spanish. You will also explore the society and culture of Italy and Spain through our broad range of options. During your third year, you will embark on the biggest adventure of your life so far. You will live abroad and will be able to take advantage of a wealth of opportunities to hone your linguistic skills as you immerse yourself in the language and cultural richness of the Italian and Spanish communities of your chosen destinations, and make new friends while you're at it. By the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, and there will be a broad range of careers open to you at home and abroad.**Why study Italian and Spanish at Aberystwyth University?**Aberystwyth is a small town with a big heart and a cosmopolitan outlook. As a vibrant and friendly University, we attract students from all corners of the world, and the intimate atmosphere makes it a great place to get to know people. We're a small, friendly department and we get to know our students well. All students in our department thrive in our multilingual environment. We teach most of our modules and classes through the target language, many of our teaching staff are native speakers and all are experts in their respective languages. All our classes are designed to provide you with the solid foundation to enable you to become fluent in Italian and Spanish and to gain a deep knowledge of Spanish and Italian culture. This degree is available to students who wish to study Italian from complete Beginners level together with Spanish post-A level. For the Italian half of the course you will receive intensive language classes to bring you up to post-A level standard in your second year. The highlight of this degree for all of our students is the year abroad. As you will study two languages, you will be required to spend your year abroad (your third year) split equally between Italy (or an Italian-speaking country) and Spain (or a Spanish-speaking country).**What will I learn?**In each year you will take a core language module where you will develop your skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and translating, and a number of optional modules. These may include: Introduction to European Film; Language, Culture and Identity in Europe; Study and Research Skills in Spanish and Latin American Studies;Hispanic Civilization; Rethinking Late 20th Century Italy; Italian Cities; Spanish American Cinema; the Spanish Avant-Garde; Modern Italy; Seeing Spain through Cinema; Cuban cinema in the Revolution; Dissertation Module; Extended Essay Module; Reading Late 19th Century Literature; the Language of Business and Current Affairs; Actualidades.**How will I be taught?**You will learn through a combination of small-group classes, lectures and a small number of seminars in Year 1, and increasingly seminar-based teaching in later years. Throughout, you will be encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and to consolidate taught learning and tobroaden your individual knowledge and understanding of the subject. You will receive additional support through both assisted and self-access facilities for language learning in the Language Resource Centre.**How will I be assessed?**You will be assesed through oral presentations, listening tests, written reports and increasingly complex translations in language c

Which department am I in?

Department of Modern Languages

Study options

Full time including placement abroad (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£14,300.00 (US$ 19,675) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 September 2022


Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Penglais Campus,

Penglais Road,



SY23 3DD, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum final GPA of 3.0-3.2 (depending on subject to be studied) Plus SAT 1100+ (minimum 550 in Maths and 550 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing) or ACT Composite scores of 25 (depending on the subject to be studied); To include either of the following or combination of: Minimum of 2 SAT subjects with scores of 550+ (subject specific requirements for some degree programmes).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth is one of the best universities in the UK for students looking to receive a world-class, research-led education.

  • Centre of excellence for research quality
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