SUPPLEMENTARY SUBJECT IN SPANISH

Introduction

An intercultural language

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is the native tongue of millions of people all over the world – from Buenos Aires in the south to Barcelona in the north. If you master Spanish, you have a tool that enables you to communicate with a large percentage of the world’s population, and to facilitate contact across geographical and cultural borders. Spain is a dynamic and modern Western European country that bridges the political gap between the EU and Latin America. Spain and Latin America offer numerous, varied cultural impressions, fascinating literature and irresistibly charming people.

Fantastic stories

As a Spanish student, you study the language, literature and society of Spain and Latin America. The degree programme offers you privileged access to Spanish-speaking cultures and the opportunity to delve into the fantastic stories written in these countries. In your Spanish studies, you develop your intellectual proficiency in general, as well as your knowledge of Spanish and Latin American affairs. You discover and acquire an understanding of cultural differences and, as a result, you see the world and your own culture in a new perspective.

The Spanish language

Spanish is an important language in international, political, cultural and trade contexts, and the language naturally plays a key role in your studies. It is therefore an advantage if you have already travelled or lived in Spain or Latin America, so that you have a solid command of the language before you begin. This allows you, right from day one, to benefit fully from the lessons, which take place in Spanish. You study the structure and use of the Spanish language, and learn to translate from Spanish to Danish and vice versa. By working with the language, you acquire an understanding of intercultural communication.

Autonomy and secession

You learn about Spain’s development from the Golden Age in the 16th and 17th centuries to Franco’s regime and today’s modern democracy, which consists of autonomous regions, each with its own language and culture. You also learn about the development of the Spanish–American countries, which is characterised by dramatic and bloody events such as colonisation, secession, dictatorships and the fight for social justice.

Questions?

As a Spanish student, you work with all aspects of the Spanish language, culture, history and social conditions. Here are some examples of the topics you can study:

  • What effect did Spanish colonisation have on the Latin American countries and their populations?
  • What role does Spain play in the Europe of today?
  • How can I best express myself in different contexts – in daily life, as well as more formal situations?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:

-       SEE ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.


Structure bachelor

Structure master

Student life

Teaching

As a student of Spanish as a subsidiary subject, you attend some of your lessons with Bachelor’s degree students of Spanish.

Your teaching takes place in Spanish – frequently with teachers whose mother tongue is Spanish. This gives you a unique opportunity to train your ear throughout your studies. It is therefore an advantage if you have a good basic knowledge of Spanish, so you can benefit fully from your lessons. The teaching consists of classroom lessons with contributions from students in the form of presentations and discussions, as well as lectures and more independent project work, often carried out in groups.

Reading groups

You take part in a reading group, which is an important academic and social forum, where students support each other with the demanding preparation for lessons.

When your books are idle

In addition to your studies, there are other activities available in your spare time:

    • Student Committee: This is a forum for students, where you can participate in discussions about the Spanish degree programme and meet fellow students from different year groups.
    • Lectures: Guest lectures with Danish and foreign lecturers are organised each term. These lectures are for all students and provide you with in-depth knowledge about particular subjects.
    • ISC: Each term, many visiting students come to the University of Aarhus from all over the world, including Spain and Latin America. In the International Students Centre, you can meet Spanish-speaking students and thus get an opportunity to practise and improve your Spanish.

When your books are off limits

Spanish is taught at the Nobel Park, along with subjects such as French, German, English, Scandinavian Languages and Literature, Philosophy, Psychology and Brazilian. Students meet in the bar "Esperanto" in the Nobel Park on Fridays.

Career

Spanish teacher

With a subsidiary subject in Spanish, you are qualified to teach at upper secondary schools, evening classes, folk high schools, continuation schools, and primary and secondary schools.

If you aim at teaching at upper secondary school, you should be aware that Spanish is a minor subject and that you can improve your job prospects by combining Spanish with a major upper secondary school subject, such as Danish, mathematics, English, history or social science.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.

Language, communication and culture

With a subsidiary subject in Spanish, you are also qualified for the following jobs:

  • Language: Linguist, translator and interpreter.
  • Communication and marketing.
  • Cultural communication.
  • Administration and planning.

Competence profile

As a subsidiary subject student of Spanish, you acquire the following skills:

  • Correct and fluent Spanish: Both oral and written.
  • Proficiency in intercultural communication: You learn the unwritten rules of communicating with people in Spain and Latin America. In other words, you acquire a sense of occasion in Spanish.
  • A skilled communicator: You learn to communicate difficult material in an appealing way, and to address different target groups.
  • A structured and systematic approach: In Spanish studies at the University of Aarhus, we place great emphasis on making sure that you learn a systematic approach to your material, that you respect deadlines and deliver top-quality results.
  • Problem-solver: By analysing texts in the light of their cultural and historical circumstances, you learn to understand and analyse complex contexts.