Spanish can be studied on its own as a single language, though you would need to take some options in Linguistics as well in your first year.
You can also study Spanish in combination with one of the following languages/subjects:
- A modern European language: French, German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Modern Greek, or Czech (with Slovak). Students who do not have an A-level or equivalent in the relevant language may (in all cases except French) combine Spanish with a beginners’ version of the language. It is also possible to combine Spanish with Polish or Celtic. We generally expect all students wishing to study Celtic or Polish to be beginners, though those with experience are also very welcome to apply. (Please note that our Celtic courses are currently under review and will not be available for entry in 2016, or for deferred entry in 2017.)
- A Middle Eastern Language offered by the Faculty of Oriental Studies: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish. These languages are all available to beginners with no prior knowledge of the language.
The study of European languages at Oxford provides both practical training in written and spoken language and an extensive introduction to the literature and thought of the language(s) you have chosen. You will learn to write and speak the language(s) fluently, and will be able to choose from a broad range of options including linguistics, film studies and advanced translation. You can study the literature of a language chronologically or focus on particular periods - the medieval, the early modern or the modern era.
A degree in Spanish, or Spanish combined with another language/subject, is normally four years in length. Modern Language students usually spend the third year of their course abroad (except if they are taking Beginners’ Russian, in any available combination, in which case they spend the second year abroad). This is often as a paid language assistant in a foreign school, though you may work abroad or study at a foreign university.
Spanish on its own
If you study Spanish as a single language, in addition to studying Spanish language and literature, you will also be required to take some options in Linguistics.
Spanish with another European language
If you are studying for a joint degree combining Spanish with another language, you will spend around half your time studying Spanish language and literature, and around half studying the other language and related literature.