What will I learn?

The Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies offers interdisciplinary training leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. The undergraduate program is designed for students broadly interested in the following areas: culture and art, professional careers in business or government, teaching professions in fields such as language or social science, and further academic study of Latin America, Spain, or Portugal.

Latin American and Iberian studies may be taken as part of a double major in combination with another discipline such as global studies, history, anthropology, or economics, subject to an 8-unit limit on overlapping upper-division courses.

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal, or Spain through the university’s Education Abroad Program. Transfer credit may be given for study at other universities in Latin America, Spain, or Portugal.

Subject to prior approval by the advisory committee, students may receive academic credit for an internship in an international or development agency or other relevant employment. The internship will be done in conjunction with an independent study course supervised by a faculty member.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 180 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$29,754.00 per year
Start date

Expected March, September, October 2022


College of Letters and Science

2217 Cheadle Hall, MC 2080,

University of California, Santa Barbara,



93106, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a paper-based TOEFL score of 550 or better.

For international students

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university.

English Language Proficiency

The minimum accepted score for admission consideration for the TOEFL is 80 or better on the Internet-based test and 550 or better on the paper-based test.

The minimum accepted score for the IELTS is 6.5 or better band score (academic modules).

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


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