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Bachelor of Arts (Spanish)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available in any one year
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Boost your career prospects while learning about a new culture

Massey’s BA (Spanish) will help you stand out in the international job market.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

With more than 400 million speakers, Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and continues to grow as a popular second language. Spanish is spoken not only in Spain, but also in more than 20 countries in Latin America, parts of Africa, and in many regions of the United States. Alongside the language is a vibrant and captivating cultural heritage, which New Zealanders are beginning to discover and appreciate more fully through our growing relationships with Latin American countries.

Relevant in Australasian contexts

The increasingly multicultural nature of society means it is important to learn about new languages and cultures, and how they interact with, and are affected by, your own. The BA (Spanish) produces its own digital study materials, relevant to Australasian students, so you will gain skills that are applicable to your own communities.

Massey is New Zealand’s only university to deliver language programmes completely via distance. Massey’s BA Spanish is available by distance learning to Australian students.

Highly interactive with plenty of opportunities for language practice

Whether you study on campus or by distance, you will learn from supportive, passionate academics who produce digital study materials complete with exercises, audio, videos and presentations. Your lecturers deliver live online tutorials/lectures at various times - evenings, lunch times and weekends - to fit with your busy schedule. They ensure that you don’t have to learn on your own and that everyone can practise speaking Spanish in a shared environment.

Combines culture and language to enhance your learning experience

Language does not exist in isolation, and becomes more powerful when it is learnt in a cultural context. You will use videos, music and literature to examine social, historical and political developments. Through exploring this context, you will also explore your own culture and identity.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to learn a new language
  • Are interested in exploring different cultures
  • Enjoyed Spanish and social studies at school
  • Want skills that can take you all over the world
Deborah Thompson
BA (Spanish) Minor in Linguistics
Assistant Language Teacher, Madrid

“I feel really well prepared for being a teacher of languages…”

In my last semester I did an exchange and studied in Alicante on the Mediterranean coast in Spain. It was an amazing opportunity. My lecturers were so supportive and wouldn’t let me pass up the opportunity. It turned out to be a surprisingly easy process, and I’m so glad I did it. During my exchange I made so many friends and my Spanish improved incredibly.

I am now living and working in Madrid as an Assistant Language Teacher in a primary school. I absolutely love it! The job came to me through the University, and I even got to meet the member of the Spanish embassy who put my application through when he came to Massey to meet with my lecturer. Before I even left New Zealand I had my exchange and my job all sorted. During the summer I work as an au pair while the schools are on holiday. My Spanish continues to get better every day.

I am so grateful for all the support I received from the staff in the humanities department at Massey. They were so encouraging and I feel really well prepared for being a teacher of languages. The teaching example that they demonstrated was great and I feel well equipped to be able to put into practice the same techniques. I really appreciate the experience that I had at Massey and would definitely recommend it to anyone.


Trade, tourism and diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Hispanic world are on an upward trend. By majoring in Spanish your knowledge of Spanish language and culture will prove both valuable and rewarding. A degree majoring in Spanish makes a wide range of career choices possible, including:

  • Banking
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Trade and export
  • Travel and tourism

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