With more than 600 million speakers globally, and as the official language in 21 countries, Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. You'll learn first-rate oral competancy, critical thinking skills, and analytic writing expertise in Spanish to enjoy an edge in an ever-changing job market.  

75% Percent of Students who Double Major
4 Study Abroad Programs
18 Average Upper-level Class Size
15 Days of Intensive Summer Immersion
What Is a Degree in Spanish?

You'll take coursework focused on improving your verbal and written communication skills to master the language. We spotlight Hispanic culture, literature, linguistics, and professional preparation. Our students study business and translation as it relates to the Hispanic community. 

Why Study Spanish Here?

Gain unparalleled learning experiences as you participate in internships, research, and as you study abroad. Learn to adapt in cross-cultural roles throughout your career. You'll graduate with a highly marketable skill and an enriched appreciation of Spanish-American culture. 

Beyond the Classroom

Strong Community

Sigma Delta Pi and the Spanish Club
Get Involved

Join the chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, which coordinates service projects, events, and Spanish tutoring. 

Practice your conversational skills with our Spanish Club during monthly activities and "Hablamos Groups." Learn Flamenco and other Spanish dances by joining Olé at VT. The options are endless.  

 

Student Organizations
Spanish Club

Spanish Summer Immersion

Intensive Immersion Program
Summer Courses

Get two weeks of complete Spanish immersion without leaving Virginia. Each summer, you can meet with an intensive class three hours per day for 15 days. In addition to class time and coursework, you'll participate in our extracurricular activities. You can earn up to six hours of undergraduate or graduate academic credit. 

 

Spanish Summer Immersion Program

Study Abroad

Visit Universities in Spain and Ecuador
Study Away

El Camino de Santiago

Walk to school through exciting geographical regions of Spain, from the blistering heat of the Meseta Plateau to the refreshing eucalyptus forests of Galicia. 

Virginia Tech in Spain

Study at the Estudio Sampere (EIS) in Madrid and be centrally located with access to stores, museums, and restaurants. Each weekend, enjoy cultural tours of Spain.

Ecuador Exchange Program

Spend one or more semesters studying at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador. You'll be located just outside of the historic capital city of Quito.

Oviedo Exchange Program

Study as an exchange student at the Universidad de Oviedo. Oviedo is a small university town in the northern Spanish community of Asturias.

The Global Education Office will also work with you to consider studying in other countries or programs. 

Study Abroad Camino de Santiago Spain

Tutoring

Tutoring

You can try our free spanish tutoring (available for all speaking levels) through Sigma Delta Pi. Request help learning the language or practicing your conversational skills. To connect with a tutor and schedule a session contact Sarah Sierra at ssierra2@vt.edu. 

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What Our Students Are Saying

"The small class sizes within the Spanish department make it possible for students to participate often and receive frequent personalized feedback on their language skills. The Spanish professors make an effort to get to know their students on an individual basis and are willing to go the extra mile to advise them on matters ranging from studying abroad to finding jobs in their fields where they can use their Spanish skills."

—Christine Freund, '17

"The Spanish major has helped me relate to many different people and gave me the opportunity to study in Spain to experience the culture firsthand."

—Michelle Arroyo, '17

“My study abroad experience in Argentina completely transformed me and impacted my life in unimaginable ways. After graduation, I was afforded the once-in-a-life-time opportunity to go to Guam for an assignment. I am part of a group charged with the task of responding to natural disasters and other 'contingencies' in the Pacific arena. We send teams to build temporary air-bases to provide humanitarian relief when our international partners appeal for assistance.”

—Kat Rew, '14

Careers and Further Study