Say hola to an in-depth understanding of the Hispanic world

Our language-oriented stream emphasizes a fluent knowledge of Spanish, focusing on understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, including courses for business and translation. Meanwhile, Waterloo’s Hispanic club gives you the chance to practice your conversation skills with peers.

Alternatively, you can opt to specialize in Latin American Literatures and Cultures. In this stream, you'll study the major literary and cultural trends of Latin America, from pre-Columbian times to the present, while developing strong research skills along the way.

Once you graduate, your Spanish degree opens up all kinds of possibilities, including business, teaching, international relations, and international development. You can also add appeal to your degree by gaining some work experience through co-op.

icon of the globeInternational exchanges in 25 countries

briefcaseAvailable as a co-op and regular program

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Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Spanish as your major at the end of first year.

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Build an awesome résumé

Get Waterloo’s Diploma in Spanish-English Translation — one of only two such diplomas in Canada. Or choose the co-op program and gain 20 months of work experience.

Immerse yourself in Spanish

Dust off your passport, brush up on your flamenco or salsa skills, and take part in an exchange to Spain or Latin America

Read about Sara's international exchange on our Beyond Ideas website.