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Did you know?

Spanish and English share much of their vocabulary through cognates, as both languages derive many of their words from Latin and Arabic.

Spanish is the second most studied language in the world. In 2010, the number of people studying Spanish as a second language was more than 20 million.

There are a variety of reasons why you should study Spanish at the University of Minnesota. Not only is Spanish is useful in the job market, but it also allows you to gain culture competency beyond the borders of the United States, while also giving you a toolbox of analytical and practical skills.

Involvement Abroad and at Home

We have learning abroad programs in many locations around the world allowing you to immerse yourself in another culture and language for the experience you want. Our students have studied in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela.

Opportunities to volunteer in the Twin Cites are a great way to practice your Spanish and make a difference. We have courses that focus on health service, immigration issues, and K–12 education. Students can also volunteer outside of class.

Options Abound

Spanish students have the opportunity to major in Spanish Studies or Spanish & Portuguese Studies, minor in Spanish Studies or Portuguese Studies, or earn the Certificate of Advanced-Level Proficiency in Spanish. Talk to our advising department about creating the perfect plan for you.

Learn more about our undergraduate options.