48 months
47272 USD/year
47272 USD/year
16246 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Spanish program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) provides students with a strong foundation in literature, linguistics, visual culture, and educational practices of Spanish-speaking communities across Europe, Latin America, and the United States.


In the Spanish program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) students advance their Spanish proficiency across listening, reading, speaking, and writing modalities while acquiring critical thinking skills, sociopolitical awareness and intercultural competencies that are valuable to a variety of professional and academic careers.

For students interested in interdisciplinary concentrations, the B.A. in Spanish is tailored for the possibility of declaring a double major in Spanish and other disciplines, particularly for students interested in teaching careers in K-12 settings, including dual immersion programs.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Spanish major, all students will have met the following core learning outcomes:

  • Students convey information and formulate opinions in Spanish across oral and written modalities while demonstrating control of grammatical structures, register, and style in Spanish.
  • Students analyze and interpret the production of literary and cinematographic works from Spanish-speaking writers and filmmakers while understanding the historical and sociopolitical contexts of these works.
  • Students identify and describe linguistic phenomena (e.g. sound system, word order, acquisition) that pertain to the Spanish-speaking world while taking into account speaker, regional, and situational variations.
  • Students distinguish and describe cultural practices and diverse social and ethnic perspectives from the Spanish-speaking world (including Iberian, Latin American, and U.S. Latino communities).

Career Opportunities

With over 400 million speakers, Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world, which explains in part why Spanish has such a growing global reach and rapidly increasing national and international appeal—in business, education, the media, sports, as well as elsewhere. Knowledge of the Spanish language and cultures has thus become highly marketable in many professions (nursing, the entertainment and/or travel industry, tourism, among others).

The Spanish B.A. degree prepares students to have ready access to careers that require advanced knowledge of the Spanish language and the multiple cultures associated with it. At the same time, competitive students in the program obtain a solid preparation for graduate school. The students’ graduate career paths vary widely and include literary and/or cultural studies, teaching, nursing, law/ business, nonprofit organizations, medicine, sociology, and other specialties.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Iberian Literature and Culture
  • Latin American Literature and Culture
  • Spanish Linguistics
  • Textual Analysis and Interpretation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must receive a 3.0 GPA (3.4 for non-California residents) or higher in the 15 required “a-g” subject courses, with no grade lower than a C.
  • UCI will not consider SAT or ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes. After enrollment, exams may be used for class placement or some graduation requirements.
  • Personal Insight Questions (your personal insight questions should be exactly that – personal. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself, what matters to you, your hopes, ambitions, life experiences, and inspirations. Key points about the personal insight questions include: freshman applicants choose four out of eight questions to answer, each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words. We encourage you to take your time. Be open, be reflective, and be honest. Your personal insight questions provide context for the rest of your application.)
  • English proficiency requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    47272 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 47272 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    47272 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 47272 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    16246 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16246 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 USD /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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