Spanish (BA)

Master the Spanish language and develop extensive knowledge of intellectual and cultural developments happening in Spanish-speaking regions. As the fourth-most spoken language in the world, Spanish has become essential to careers in arts, education, business, science, social work and more. Experience the latest methods in language learning and apply your knowledge through creative projects and during international excursions.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you can add to your Spanish program:

  • Apply for co-op at the end of your first year and gain real-world work experience.
  • Study abroad with a faculty member during the summer to experience Spanish language and culture in its own setting.
  • Take translation courses to gain practical experience that you can add to your resume.
  • Volunteer at a local school or another local organization to gain language and professional experience. 

Check out the Spanish Experience Guide.


2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UH
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

Graduates from a two-year general Arts and Science diploma program can apply to Spanish within the Faculty of Arts on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. To be considered for admission to the Faculty of Arts, graduates must have an overall average of 75% in their program and achieve a minimum of 60% in a 4U English course or equivalent.

Learn more about our college transfer agreement.

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Details

Apply Spanish to Practical Projects

Studying Spanish at Laurier offers you the opportunity to experience the latest methods in language learning while applying your knowledge through creative projects and new technologies, such as:

  • digital stories
  • ePortfolios
  • magazines
  • photo essays

Study Abroad and Hone Your Spanish Skills

After completing your first year, you’ll be able to study abroad in Spain with a Laurier faculty member during the summer for SP288, a 1.0-credit course.

Nothing compares to experiencing the Spanish language and culture in its own setting! While developing your language skills, you’ll also become more aware of cultural nuances and the uniqueness of textual and artistic representations.

Study Spanish for Business

Did you know that the Spanish program at Laurier is the sole Canadian representative of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI)? You can get the official certificate for Basic Business Spanish by taking our Spanish for Business courses and writing the MCCI exam here at Laurier! Our students have had a 97% success rate in the exam for more than 18 years.

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Arabic Minor
  • Education Minor
  • German Minor
  • Italian Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Introduction to Spanish I
  • Introduction to Spanish II
  • 4.0 elective credits in courses that interest you

Sample First-Year Courses

  • Introductory French
  • Mapping Global Studies: Culture, Conflict, Development
  • Modern Standard Arabic

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • History of Spain and Latin America
  • Spanish Language through Cinema
  • Spanish Phonetics/Phonology

Similar Programs


Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


"I couldn't have asked for a better program or department to spend my time in during my four years at Laurier. [...] The professors in the department make an already exciting experience even better because of their passion for the topics and their students."

Amanda Stavropoulos, Spanish graduate

"I am on my way to my next adventure: the Teacher Education Program at York University in Toronto. I am extremely excited to begin a new chapter of my life, and I am certain that my Laurier experiences will help me achieve my goals."

Biljana Josifova, Spanish graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • bilingual officers
  • communications specialist
  • dialect coach
  • ESL instructor
  • film translator (dubbing)
  • foreign correspondent
  • interpreter
  • policy analyst
  • teacher/educator
  • translator

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

"I really enjoyed learning to speak Spanish more efficiently and learning some of the most integral characteristics of both Latin and Spanish culture."

Jeff Hunt, Spanish graduate

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