Student profile and admission requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The master's degree in Spanish as a Foreign Language in Professional Environments is primarily addressed to graduates in Spanish. It may also be of interest to Spanish and international students of other languages, linguistics, humanities, social sciences, psychology or pedagogy.

The programme is likely to appeal to graduates from any discipline who have an interest in Spanish language study, the linguistic structure of Spanish and understanding the different contexts of interpersonal and social use of the. Finally, the course would also be suitable for any student aware of the value of expertise in Spanish.

The Academic Committee for the master's degree examines all applications individually and may accept students from different academic backgrounds who show a particular interest in the course and can demonstrate professional experience in a related field or accredited training activities related to Spanish as a foreign language.

Candidates should have an advanced level of English (B2 or equivalent); proficiency in at least one other language (apart from Spanish) is also advisable.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

The master's degree in Spanish as a Foreign Language in Professional Environments is open to holders of the following qualifications:

- Bachelor's degrees and pre-EHEA degrees in Hispanic studies.
- Bachelor's degrees and pre-EHEA degrees in linguistics, Romance languages, English, modern language and literature, Arabic and Aramaic studies, French, literary studies, Catalan or classics.
- Pre-EHEA degrees and bachelor's degrees in humanities and social sciences disciplines.
- Other qualifications that share objectives and competences with the above.

The master's degree is primarily addressed to graduates in Spanish but is also open to students of other profiles, as its main objective is to train competent Spanish language professionals to implement their linguistic knowledge in different fields.

The Academic Committee ensures that students from all academic backgrounds are equally prepared to begin the programme by requiring non-language graduates to complete the bridging course in Fundamental Concepts of Hispanic Linguistics (6 credits) during the first semester.

For students who are not native Spanish speakers, an advanced level of Spanish (equivalent to level C1-C2) is a pre-requisite for admission.