General information



Hispanic Studies courses have two rates; normal rate and reduced rate

Normal rate:

This applies to first-time Hispanic Studies students.

Reduced rate:

This applies to:

  • University of Barcelona students.
  • Returning Hispanic Studies students.
  • Students who register in two or more courses (reduced rate does not apply to the most expensive course).



Placement test

All students must take a placement test at the start of each language course.


Our language courses are adapted to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR), and programmes are based on the Cervantes Institute Curricular Plan (PCIC).

We offer five language levels that are further divided depending on students' starting point and the time required to pass the levels:

Beginner I – A1.1 (CEFR)

Beginner II – A1.2 (CEFR)

Beginner III – A2 (CEFR)

Elementary I – B1.1 (CEFR)

Elementary II – B1.2 (CEFR)

Intermediate I – B2.1 (CEFR)

Intermediate II – B2.2 (CEFR)

Advanced I – C1.1 (CEFR)

Advanced II – C1.2 (CEFR)

Proficiency – C2 (MCER)
Particularly aimed at heritage speakers

ECTS credits

All Hispanic Studies courses provide European Union university accreditation, based on the European Credit Transfer System. ECTS credits are awarded.

Assessment system

The year-long (220 h), autumn and spring (110 h) courses are assessed as follows:

Class participation grade: 20%
Final examination: 80%

In the year-long course, the grade for the autumn course will be worth 30% of the final grade; and the grade for the spring course will be worth 70% of the final grade.


Students must attend at least 80% of classes. If they do meet the attendance requirement, they may lose up to 10% of their final grade (class participation + final exam).



The Hispanic Studies culture programme offers international students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the range of factors that shape Spain, Europe and Latin America, by studying history, art, geography, politics, cinema and other topics. Students can also choose to improve their Spanish language with instrumental subjects such as 'Speaking in Spanish' and 'Spanish in Everyday Situations'.


To help in the selection of subjects, Hispanic Studies has organized them into pathways, according to students' interests. However, students do not necessarily have to follow the pathways in their final choice of subjects:

Pathway 1. To deepen knowledge of politics, society and economy
Spain and Europe: Origions and Evolution
Contemporary Spain: Society and Institutions
Barcelona, Mediterranean Metropolis
Spain's Economy Highlights
Spanish Geography
Spanish Politics
Spanish for Economics and Business

Pathway 2. To deepen knowledge of art, cinema and literature
Spanish Cinema
Spanish Culture Through Short Films
A Literary Tour Through Spain
Latin America: Painting, Cinema, Literature & Music
Color, Light and Passion: Spanish Art
The Writer and the City
Catalan Language & Culture

Pathway 3. To deepen knowledge of the Spanish language
Everyday Spoken Spanish
Spanish for Economics and Business
Writing in Spanish
Spanish Conversation
Reading Short Texts

Pathway 4. To learn about Spanish politics, economy and society in English
Barcelona, Mediterranean Metropolis
Spain's Economy Highlights
Spanish Geography
Spanish Politics


Hispanic Studies reserves the right not to run the class should the number of the registered student be insufficient.

Hispanic Studies reserves the right to change the timetable of a subject should circumstances require..



Cancelation of enrolment must be duly justified on the grounds of academic commitments, professional commitments, illness or other circumstances. Requests will be dealt with by the management of the Area of Further Training and should be sent by email to, together with accreditation of the circumstances in question.

In the case of cancellation due to the visa being declined:

— If the entire registration has been paid, 75% of the total amount will be refunded.

— If only the down payment has been paid, in no case will this amount be returned.

The rest of the cases will be studied individually.

Deadlines for submission of requests:

— Full-year and semester-long enrolment: within seven calendar days of the start of the academic year.

— Summer courses: within two calendar days of the start of the academic year.

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