Bachelor On Campus

Spanish and Portuguese

The University of Edinburgh

48 months
23100 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Spanish and Portuguese programme at The University of Edinburgh will provide you with intense training in both the written and spoken aspects of each language, as well as introducing you to an extraordinary range of literature, film and theatre from around the globe.


We are unique in Scotland in offering students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme, regardless of whether you spend the year studying or working.

Another attractive characteristic of this programme is its flexibility. This means that in Years 1 and 2, you will choose option courses drawn from a broad list of disciplines in addition to your core subjects of Spanish and Portuguese. You can, for example, opt to study Basque or Catalan.

Career opportunities after the Spanish and Portuguese programme at The University of Edinburgh

Spanish and Portuguese are among the ten most widely spoken languages in the world and your gateway to a great many countries and cultures, extending beyond Europe to Latin America and parts of Africa.

Some of our graduates choose career paths in translation, interpreting, teaching or business, both at home and abroad.

Others go on to work within the public or third sector, including for international charities or institutions of the European Union (both Spanish and Portuguese are official working languages of the EU), or move into the creative industries, tourism and travel.

Employers increasingly value the excellent communication skills that come with language learning, the intercultural and critical awareness provided by international experiences, and imaginative thinking. Careers where these skills are particularly useful include:

  • marketing

  • law

  • politics and policy work

There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level, with Year 4 in particular developing the research skills you will need if you choose this path.

Programme Structure

  • Year 1


You will study either Spanish 1A or 1B, depending on your language skills, and a selection of literary texts and films from the Spanish-speaking world.


You will also study Portuguese 1, which caters for both beginners and more advanced students. 

  • Year 2

You will continue to develop your spoken and written language skills in both Spanish and Portuguese. 

  • Year 3

If international travel restrictions allow, you will spend Year 3 abroad, dividing your 30 weeks between Spanish and Portuguese.

You will spend at least eight weeks in a country relevant to each language, either studying or completing a work/teaching placement. 

  • Year 4

You will study advanced language courses and choose from a range of specialist courses on Spain, Latin America, Portugal, Brazil or Lusophone Africa. Courses will cover history, literature, film and culture.

You will also complete your dissertation or long essay.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    23100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • Home - RUK fees: £9,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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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