Second only to Mandarin in its number of native speakers worldwide, Spanish is a historically important language intrinsically connected to many cultures. Develop your communication skills while studying the history and ethos of Spanish-speaking countries.

Learn Spanish language skills to get a competitive edge

Spanish is a major international language with more than 523 million speakers in 31 countries. It's also an official language of the United Nations and of other international organisations such as the European Union and the Organisation of American States. In the US, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

The popular culture of Spanish-speaking countries includes the arts, sports, film and television, and the media. Studying Spanish can open doors to interests that aren't accessible without a knowledge of the language and culture, for example, in Spanish arts, sports, film, television or media. It can also be an important asset in many careers, with many of our graduates finding employment in:

  • the education sector
  • federal defence agencies
  • government departments
  • immigration departments
  • intelligence agencies
  • management consultancies
  • multicultural associations
  • multinational corporations
  • non-government agencies
  • translation services.

Through our exchange and in-country study programs, students get to travel and learn, as well as live abroad and acquire a taste for a new culture.

Ramon Lopez Castellano

Teaching scholar, Spanish

Flexible study, no matter your course

In addition to our language diplomas, languages can be studied as a major or minor sequence within the Bachelor of Arts, and as a major within the Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of International Studies (Global Scholar). On top of this, a language may be able to be studied across many of Deakin’s other courses.

Learn the language faster

Learn the language faster

Get the opportunity to travel overseas and try out your language skills with native speakers. In-country language programs are available if you study Spanish as a major sequence. For six weeks you will study the Spanish language and culture in its own environment while gaining course credit.

Research with us

If you'd like to undertake postgraduate study in Spanish, or in a field related to Spanish culture, society or history, choose a higher degree by research at Deakin.

Learn more about researching with us