Currently, some 350 million people speak Spanish, making it the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. Whether you want to learn Spanish to enhance your travel experience, for career or educational purposes, or simply because you have a passion for the language and culture, this program may be right for you.
The Spanish Language and Culture Certificate – Level 2 builds on the skills acquired in the Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture – Level 1. You will continue to improve your grammar, build vocabulary, and further develop conversational abilities. By the end of the program, you should be able to communicate fluently at an intermediate level and have a solid understanding of cultural aspects. In addition to courses, this level includes an experiential learning component that can include activities in academic, cultural, social, or fine arts settings. Students must complete a total of 120 hours of required courses and a 10-hour experiential learning component in order to graduate.
The Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture – Level 1 is also available.
This program is perfect if you...
- Would like to gain Spanish fluency for personal or career development
- Like the motivation of a structured program
- Seek a credential for career advancement
- Enjoy classroom interaction
What will I get?
Students who complete this program will receive a Professional Certificate.
Most courses in this program are taught in a classroom format typically during weekday evenings or Saturdays at the University of Calgary main or downtown campuses. Students attend activities outside of class to complete the Experiential Learning Component required in Level 2.
You should plan on studying and working approximately 6 hours per week per course.
5 Courses, 130 Hours
All Continuing Education programs are developed with part-time learners in mind. The Spanish Language and Culture Certificate – Level 2 is a 130-hour program.
The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you take one course per term (four courses a year), you will likely complete the program in one and a half years. You will complete the program faster if you take multiple courses per term.
The approximate cost to complete the Spanish Language and Culture Certificate – Level 2 is $1,500.
This includes the $105 admission fee.
You do not require a degree or diploma to apply for admission to this program. You can take individual courses to start, and apply later.
The admission fee is $105.
To apply, you must meet the following requirements:
- 18 years of age or older
- Grade 12 diploma (recommended)
- If English is not your first language, you must meet the English language proficiency requirements
Programs change from time to time, so we recommend that you apply for admission as early as possible. Once admitted, your requirements to complete the program will not change – even if the program changes. You can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your program.
Before enrolling in this Level 2 certificate, students must have completed the Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture – Level 1. Alternatively, students who have acquired a solid knowledge of Spanish (minimum of Spanish 4 equivalent)by taking courses at other schools, travelling, working or living in a Spanish-speaking country, must demonstrate the required knowledge of Spanish for the Level 2 certificate through oral and written assessment methods.
Note: If you have not enrolled in the certificate program, but plan on applying later, please notify your instructor of your intentions so that you are evaluated and graded in your courses.Apply for Admission
Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions
Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 30 hours towards this program.Apply for Advanced Standing
Transferring credit from other Continuing Education programs
If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education program, you may be able to transfer some credits to this program. For details, please review the "Credit towards other programs" information in the programs you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.
Assess your knowledge of Spanish
For this certificate program, it is possible to have your knowledge of Spanish assessed to receive up to 30 hours of advanced standing. To receive this credit, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge of the Spanish language by challenging the final exam of a particular course. To apply for this type of prior learning assessment:
- Contact us to arrange your challenge exam with the program coordinator.
- Pay a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request.
Maximum advanced standing and transferred credit
The combined total of advanced standing and transferred credits cannot exceed 60 hours for this program.
Each year, scholarships and awards are given to deserving students not only for their academic achievement, but also for community involvement. Award sponsors include both corporate and private donors.
To apply, you must meet eligibility criteria and submission deadlines. Students in this program may be eligible for the following awards:
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled.
See Graduation for details.