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Spanish Minor

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. 

18 Credit Hours for Minor

Spanish Minor Requirements (15 Hours)

Elective (3 Hours)


Why Study Spanish?

It is the second most commonly spoken language in the world after Chinese. It is also the second most common language in the United States after English. There is a diverse group of cultures associated with the Spanish language, including those in south and central America, as well as those in Europe.

Having a command of the Spanish language will help you succeed in any career, including the sciences, medicine, engineering, architecture, business, teaching, social work, politics, and international affairs.

At Virginia Tech, you will study the Spanish language, composition, literature, and culture. Course options include Spanish for the Medical Professions, Spanish for the Business Professions, and Spanish-Caribbean Culture and Literature.


Beyond the Classroom

On the trail we will hike 10-15 miles daily through the middle ages along the path of the Camino de Santiago. Each day takes us through the different geographical regions of Spain from the hot Spanish meseta to the refreshing eucalyptus forests of Galicia. 

The program will be held at Estudio Sampere (EIS) in Madrid. The school is centrally located in the capital with convenient access to famous designer stores, banks, museums, monuments, and a wide variety of restaurants and cafes.  We will take cultural visits around Spain on the weekends.

An exchange agreement between Virginia Tech and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) allows our students to spend one or more semesters studying at the other university but pay tuition and fees at their home institution. Experience the excitement and diversity of life in Ecuador.



Sigma Delta Pi offers free Spanish tutoring to students in all levels, as well as to students who would like to practice conversing. Contact Sarah Sierra at to connect with a tutor and schedule a session.


Contact Us
For more information or to add this minor to your Virginia Tech course of study, contact:

 Aarnes Gudmestad
319 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5362