Your undergraduate experience

The aim of Spanish and Latin American Studies is to develop your awareness and understanding of Spanish and Latin American societies and cultures. A crucial aspect of this is the ability to speak and understand the language.

Beginners units focus on developing your language skills in a variety of cultural contexts as well as introducing you to the field of Spanish and Latin American Studies.

Students with previous knowledge of the language are given the opportunity to accelerate their learning by entering at Intermediate or Proficient levels. These units focus on further developing language skills in context and providing students with the critical and analytical skills necessary to gain a deeper understanding of Spanish and Latin American societies and cultures.

New students with some knowledge of Spanish will need to sit an entry level test to determine the appropriate language entry level.

Entry Level Test for New Students…

More information about undergraduate Spanish and Latin American Studies…

From second year, students have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of elective units in which you are able to explore important current issues in Spanish and Latin American Studies, such as multiculturalism and identity, gender, tradition and modernity and historical memory.

For an overview of the course structure and a list of available units, see the Spanish and Latin American language and studies – Undergraduate Area of Study Handbook entry.

Diploma in Languages

Read more about the Diploma in Languages…


  • The second Cuba Study Tour will take place between 27th January and 9th February 2019.  We will be visiting Havana, Santa Clara, Lomas de Banao, Trinidad, and Playa Girón.  Watch this video to find out what we do in Cuba. This study tour offers a unique environment for students to engage with the history, politics, and culture of Cuba. You ... Read more
  • Monash University is the Principal partner of the 2017 Cine Latino Film Festival. Visit the Festival webpage for information on sessions and tickets. Read more
  • Every year, the Walter Mangold Trust Fund offers “travel awards for advanced tertiary language students currently attending a university in Victoria who apply for an exchange or study abroad placement to continue their language studies overseas for at least one semester”. To apply, and for more information, click here. A past recipient of this travel award, Dianne ... Read more
  • Depending upon the unit in which you are enrolled, you will have four or five hours of classes per week. You will be taught by native and non-native speakers, all of whom have extensive experience in a variety of Spanish-speaking countries. Spanish is the language of instruction for all language classes, as this allows you ... Read more
  • Matthew Bilsborough (3rd year student. Double degree: Arts/Laws) My name is Matthew Bilsborough and in November 2007 I finished my final class towards my Spanish and Latin American Studies major at Monash Clayton. I began at Spanish studies 1 in March of 2004 with a basic knowledge of French, and no knowledge of the Castilian (Spanish) language or ... Read more