Bachelor of Arts (BA)
French and Spanish
Study culture, history, linguistics, translation and much more to acquire practical skills in French and Spanish.
What You Need to Know
Why study Spanish at UBC's Okanagan campus?
Whether you want to teach French or Spanish, be a journalist, embark on an international career, hold a federal position, dream of being a politician, or work in other Hispanic or Francophone cultures across the globe, a UBC degree in French and Spanish can lead to all sorts of great opportunities.
For students looking for an international perspective, the study of both French and Spanish provides an avenue of study to several regions of the world. The French and Spanish major offers students a comprehensive learning experience that includes such international opportunities as the Go Global study abroad program, English-language teaching assistant in France, and International Partnerships.
Acquire strong fluency in French and in Spanish through courses in grammar, conversation and translation, while exploring all aspects of Hispanic and Francophone studies, including culture, literature, cinema, history and politics.
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.
The core of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program with a French and Spanish Major consists of courses in French and in Spanish covering language, literature and culture.
The language-learning aspect of the program covers practical skills and daily application of both languages, as well as skills that are transferable to a work environment and an academic setting.
The language courses are designed to improve skills in reading, composition and oral communication, and foster critical analysis of cultural material and intercultural understanding.
Students have the option of spending a semester abroad studying and experiencing life in a Spanish-speaking or French-speaking environment.
Students may supplement their Spanish major with a cross-disciplinary approach by taking related courses in Latin American and Iberian Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Cultural Studies, Human Geography, Anthropology, Economics or History. These additional courses contribute to the broadening of students' understanding of language and communication.
UBC Okanagan’s French and Spanish program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover linguistics, translation, literature, culture and more.
- FREN 122 - Contemporary French Language and Literature
- SPAN 202 - Intermediate Spanish
- SPAN 305 - Hispanic Literature and Criticism
- FREN 353 - French Grammar
Browse here for more French and Spanish courses and descriptions and program requirements.
Detailed information on the Spanish program can be found in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia:
Undergraduates can complete a BA with a major in French and Spanish by completing 54 credits in French and in Spanish combined, with 36 credits at the 300 and 400 level.
Learn about graduate studies with a French and Spanish focus in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program.
British Columbia High School Requirements
- English 12
Did you know that UBC outlines admission requirements according to where you attended high school or university?
Visit you.ubc.ca/apply-ubc for general admission requirements and program specific requirements for students from high schools in other Canadian provinces or transferring from other post-secondary institutions.
Students are encouraged to declare their major in Spanish at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for required courses.
Deadlines and Fees
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.
How to Apply
Apply to UBC at you.ubc.ca — there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.
Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."
Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.
Your Career Options
Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe, and secure a career as a bilingual educator, community worker, development agency worker, or translator; or continue your education to work in professions such as law, teaching, and international relations.
- Bilingual educator
- Citizenship and immigration office
- Community worker
- Non-profit agency worker
- ESL instructor
- Foreign correspondent
- Foreign services officer
- Hospitality manager
- Import/export specialist
- Intercultural educator
- International banking officer
- Language assessor
- Museum assistant
- Overseas personnel manager
- Peacekeeping officer
- Public policy analyst
- Public Relations officer
- Radio/TV announcer
- Tour operator/guide
- Tour agent/designer
- Travel writer
- Educational institutions
- Government agencies and departments
- Non-government organizations (NGOs)
- Organizations that address cultural safety, diversity and oppression
Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.
Obtain a DELE Diplomas, an official and international accreditation of a person’s degree of proficiency in Spanish. DELE Diplomas are internationally recognized and enjoy great prestige—not only among public and private educational institutions and authorities, but also in the business world and chambers of commerce. DELE Diplomas are granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education.
The IGS program allows students to develop multi- and interdisciplinary courses and research programs to suit their interests. Students can pursue a UBC master’s or PhD degree with a Spanish focus through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program at UBC Okanagan.
Meet Your Peers and Profs
Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC's Okanagan campus and programs: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.
Gain Valuable Experience
Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.
Travel and Learn
- See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.
- Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.
- Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career. Critical Studies professors engage students in research projects, labs and centres that range from Indigenous studies and the study of animal ethics to digitized cultural history.
- Investigate opportunities offered through the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCT), an interdisciplinary institute that engages in multiple forms of art, media, and information technologies as vehicles for the exploration and expression of community, culture, and identity.
Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé.
- The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Undergraduate Research Awards ($2,500) provide undergraduate students with support you can use to engage in research and creative activities during the summer.
- The FCCS Community Engagement Award recognizes activities that make a significant and positive impact on communities beyond the university.
- More scholarships and bursaries available for undergraduate students.
- Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC's Work Study Program.
- Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project — a life-changing experience.
- Build up your portfolio by flexing those creative muscles—write, edit, interview and perform other journalistic roles at UBC Okanagan's newspaper, The Phoenix, the official students' free press.
- Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.
Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Spanish program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.
Tour the Campus
- Get a glimpse into life on UBC's Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
- Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
- Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
- Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
Day One: What to Expect
On the first day of university, take part in "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It's all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan's new student orientation.
Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.
- Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
- The Library's Writing and Research Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and course work.
- Familiarize yourself with campus resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.
Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.
Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.
Living in Residence
Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.
UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.
Find out more about living in residence.
The Okanagan: What to Expect
UBC's Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada.
More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.
UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university's respect for sustainability.
A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.
Explore the Okanagan lifestyle.
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