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Spanish and Portuguese, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #55 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
Students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese often double-major and combine interests in other areas with their linguistic and cultural studies.
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One of the most exciting aspects of studying a foreign language involves the chance to use those linguistic skills. For this reason, a high percentage of all majors and minors spend some time abroad. Students may choose from Vanderbilt-approved semester-long programs in Sevilla (Spain) and Habana (Cuba) through CASA, and Barcelona (Spain), Santiago (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Brazil through CIEE. A spring program is available in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Many students who cannot spare a semester off-campus study in the Dominican Republic for a summer, a program which focuses on medical issues. There are also a variety of both on-campus and off-campus Maymesters available, including The Way of Saint James (Northern Spain) as well as Cultural Studies in the Andes (Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Peru). 

Another unique initiative includes a service-learning component within several of the classes in the department: Spanish for the Medical Profession and Latino Immigration Experience. Not only does this component give students a chance to develop linguistic and cultural expertise, but it allows them to reach out to Nashville’s Hispanic community as well. The department has a chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Students are encouraged to apply to live in the Spanish Hall of McTyeire International House. Finally, students have abundant opportunities to attend public lectures, film series, and cultural activities related to their studies. Each of these opportunities lends diversity to the students’ learning experiences.

While a language major provides many opportunities for employment on its own, many students in this department combine Spanish or   Portuguese with another area of interest. Spanish majors are most often double majors, combining diverse disciplines with their skills and expertise in Spanish.

Students interested in Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Medicine, Health and Society, English, Economics, Political Science, Communication Studies, Human and Organizational Development, Education, and other areas frequently find that courses in Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan complement other areas of work and help them, upon graduating, to begin careers and to find desirable positions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Spanish for Business and Economics
  • Phonology, Morphology and Syntax
  • Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Literature
  • Modern Brazilian Literature

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

You may apply using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. Select one application method and submit all materials through that method; do not submit both. All parts of the application should be submitted by the published deadlines.

  • All required parts of either the Common Application or the Universal College Application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Standardized Test Results: SAT or ACT with Writing
  • Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We make three important commitments to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt:

  • First:  Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind for U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens. 
  • Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. 
  • Third:  Financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or "cut-offs" that impact or limit eligibility.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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