Spanish (BA in Combination)

Bienvenida/Bienvenido al español en Laurier! Gain fluency in Spanish and expand your appreciation for Spanish culture and society globally. Develop an awareness of the importance of language for connecting people across cultures. Augment your experience by registering for a study abroad course in Spain that lets you practice your language skills and immerse yourself in a different culture. Graduate with invaluable communication skills and a multilingual background that opens up countless opportunities in Canada and abroad.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you can add to your Spanish program:

  • Study abroad with a faculty member during the summer to experience Spanish language and culture.
  • Combine your Spanish program with another Arts major like Global Studies, or add it as a secondary language in the Languages and Literatures program, and be able to apply for co-op at the end of your first year to gain real-world work experience.
  • Take translation courses to gain practical experience that you can add to your resume.
  • Volunteer at a local school or another local organization to gain language and professional experience. 

Check out the Spanish Experience and Career Guide for more!


2022 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


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students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2022

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Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term)     OUAC code: UH

Program Details

Design Your Degree

This program must be completed in combination with another Bachelor of Arts program. You can easily pair your studies with Anthropology or Global Studies, or add it as one of your primary languages (alongside French) in the Languages and Literatures program.

Apply Spanish to Practical Projects

Studying Spanish at Laurier offers you the opportunity to experience the latest methods in language learning while applying your knowledge through creative projects and new technologies, such as:

  • digital stories
  • ePortfolios
  • magazines
  • photo essays

Study Abroad and Hone Your Spanish Skills

After completing your first year, you’ll be able to study abroad in Spain with a Laurier faculty member during the summer for SP288, a 1.0-credit course.

Nothing compares to experiencing the Spanish language and culture in its own setting! While developing your language skills, you’ll also become more aware of cultural nuances and the uniqueness of textual and artistic representations.

Study Spanish for Business

Did you know that the Spanish program at Laurier is the sole Canadian representative of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI)? You can get the official certificate for Basic Business Spanish by taking our Spanish for Business courses and writing the MCCI exam here at Laurier! Our students have had a 97% success rate in the exam for more than 18 years.

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Arabic Minor
  • German Minor
  • Italian Minor
  • Global Studies Minor
  • International Public Policy Option
  • Intercultural Understanding Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Teaching Option (Coming soon!)

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Introduction to Spanish I
  • Introduction to Spanish II
  • 1-2 courses in your additional program major
  • 3.0 elective credits in courses that interest you

Sample First-Year Courses

  • Introductory French
  • Mapping Global Studies: Culture, Conflict, Development
  • Modern Standard Arabic
  • Religions of the Americas: Indigenous, African and European

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • History of Spain and Latin America
  • Spanish Language through Cinema
  • Spanish Phonetics/Phonology
  • Spanish Art, Music & Media

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Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


"I couldn't have asked for a better program or department to spend my time in during my four years at Laurier. [...] The professors in the department make an already exciting experience even better because of their passion for the topics and their students."

Amanda Stavropoulos, Spanish graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • bilingual officers
  • communications specialist
  • dialect coach
  • ESL instructor
  • film translator (dubbing)
  • foreign correspondent
  • interpreter
  • policy analyst
  • teacher/educator
  • translator

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

"I really enjoyed learning to speak Spanish more efficiently and learning some of the most integral characteristics of both Latin and Spanish culture."

Jeff Hunt, Spanish graduate

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