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Hispanic and Italian Studies

Immerse yourself in the languages and cultures of Spain, Latin America and Italy. You’ll build your language skills, travel and work in a close-knit community. Our degrees will help build a career at home or internationally.

Degree programs offered

This MA covers the fields of Peninsular Spanish and Latin American Studies. Study the Spanish-speaking world from the medieval period to modern-day. You’ll match your areas of interest to our faculty’s research specialties. You’ll receive thoughtful mentorship from your supervisor and support from our close-knit community.

In this program, you’ll complete either a thesis or a non-thesis based project.

This MA lets you fully enjoy our department’s cross-disciplinary resources. We specialize in the rich cultural exchanges between Spain and Italy from the medieval period and Renaissance onward. You’ll match your interests in these periods to our faculty’s research specialties.

In this program, you’ll complete either a thesis or a non-thesis based project.

We offer doctorate programs by special arrangement. These are available to you if your research interests matches our expertise. Some top areas of interest are the literatures, cultures and languages of Spain, Latin America and Italy. You’ll have opportunities to conduct your research both domestically and abroad.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 2 years Yes No
PhD 4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Language
  • Medieval to Renaissance Italian literature
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Spanish Golden Age
  • Colonial and 19th Century Latin American literature
  • 20th Century Latin American literature to the present

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

See our complete faculty listing for a full list of contacts for Hispanic and Italian Studies.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by August 1 for September entry.
  • International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7413.

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