Bachelor of Arts (BA) 

Spanish

Study culture, history, linguistics, translation and much more to acquire practical skills in Spanish—one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world.

Spanish_438x265From influential works of literature such as Don Quijote to politics, cinema, and work skills, the Spanish program at UBC Okanagan considers all aspects of Hispanic studies.

What You Need to Know

Why study Spanish at UBC's Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Whether you want to teach Spanish, be a journalist, embark on an international career, hold a federal position, dream of being a politician, or work in other Hispanic cultures across the globe, a UBC degree in Spanish can lead to all sorts of great opportunities.

International connections
Study in Spanish offers students a comprehensive learning experience that includes such international opportunities as the Go Global study abroad program, Summer Field Schools, and International Partnerships.

Diverse culture
Acquire strong fluency in Spanish through courses in grammar, conversation and translation, while exploring all aspects of Hispanic studies, including culture, literature, cinema, history and politics.

Co-op experience
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.

Program Overview

The core of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program with a Spanish Major consists of courses in Spanish covering language, literature and culture.

The language-learning aspect of the program covers practical skills and daily application of Spanish, as well as skills that are transferable to a work environment and an academic setting.

Students have the option of spending a semester abroad studying and experiencing life in a Spanish-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.

Courses

UBC Okanagan’s Spanish program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover linguistics, translation, literature, culture and more.

Sample courses:

  • SPAN 101 - Beginner’s Spanish
  • SPAN 305 - Hispanic Literature and Criticism
  • SPAN 442 - The Sounds of Spanish

Browse here for all Spanish courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

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:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish:

Spanish undergraduates can complete a BA in Spanish with a Major, Minor, or General Studies BA with a concentration in Spanish or a Major in French and Spanish.

Learn about graduate studies with a Spanish focus in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program.

Prerequisites

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-ubclinks to external site 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

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.

Tuition Fees
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.

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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.

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Occupations

  • 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
  • Linguist
  • Museum assistant
  • Overseas personnel manager
  • Peacekeeping officer
  • Public policy analyst
  • Public Relations officer
  • Radio/TV announcer
  • Tour operator/guide
  • Translator/interpreter
  • Tour agent/designer
  • Travel writer

Potential Employers

  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies and departments
  • Non-government organizations (NGOs)
  • Organizations that address cultural safety, diversity and oppression

Co-op Experience

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.

DELE Diplomas

DELE Diplomas are official and international accreditations of a person’s degree of proficiency in Spanish. They 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.

Further Studies

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.

Undergraduate Research

  • 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.

Research Scholarships

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.

Work Opportunities

  • 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.

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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.

Academic Support

  • 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.

Sports

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.

Clubs

  • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining a campus club or association.
  • Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options in the French and Spanish Club.
  • If you don’t find a club that interests you, you can start a new one!
  • 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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