Hispanic & Italian Studies

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Undergraduate studies

In our tight-knit community, you will work closely with faculty and students to explore the languages, literatures, cultures, histories and arts of Spain, Latin America and Italy.

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Hispanic studies

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. Irene Vitale says learning a new language and experiencing different cultures will help her as she plans to study international business.

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Make the world your classroom

Our study abroad programs will increase your ability to communicate with people from different cultures or countries. Gabriela Turla spent a term in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Study in Latin America
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Learn online in one of our 'real-time' courses

Attend a virtual class and participate in live discussions with your instructor and fellow classmates.

Learn online in one of our 'real-time' courses
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Study abroad

Expand your horizons by studying abroad through the department's unique programs, like the three-month study program in Alcalá, Spain.

Study in Spain

Expand your cultural horizons

Join us to immerse yourself in the languages and cultures of Spain, Latin America and Italy. We offer small classes, experiential learning and study abroad opportunities.

Whether you want to build your language and cultural skills or prepare to live and work abroad, Hispanic and Italian studies can help you understand your place in the world.

Open the doors to the Spanish-speaking world from North America to Patagonia to Western Europe and enhance your future career prospects!

Land acknowledgment

Reconocemos y respetamos a la Nación Lekwungen, en cuyo territorio tradicional se encuentra la Universidad de Victoria, y a las Naciones Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ, cuyas relaciones históricas con esta tierra se mantienen hasta el día de hoy.

The Department of Hispanic & Italian Studies acknowledges and respects the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the UVic stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.