University of Barcelona

Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language

Recommended applicant profile and admission requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The master's degree is intended for holders of pre-EHEA degrees or bachelor's degrees (or equivalent qualifications issued outside Spain) in philology, translation or education, and graduates in other disciplines who would like to acquire specialized training in a different field. Since it was first offered the course has been internationally oriented, and it has been taught to students from each of the five continents. This feature is to be maintained, giving the master's the advantage of the intercultural enrichment that comes from working with groups of students from diverse backgrounds.

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

Applicants should hold a pre-EHEA degree or bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification issued outside Spain) in philology, linguistics, translation, education, pedagogy or modern languages. Candidates with qualifications in the areas of law and social sciences (history, law, economics, etc.) are also accepted, as their training provides a basis for teaching Spanish for specific purposes.

Students for whom Spanish is not their mother tongue must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in spoken and written Spanish (CEFR level C1 or C2) or hold a DELE Diploma in Spanish Level C2 issued by the Cervantes Institute.

Candidates should also have English language skills at level B2 (equivalent to the advanced level certificate from official language schools or the First Certificate in English from the University of Cambridge). Knowledge of other languages (French, German, Italian, etc.) is also valued.

Students not in possession of a degree in philology, linguistics, translation, teaching, education or modern languages, who would like to redirect their career towards the field of SFL teaching, will be required to take two bridging subjects with a total value of ten credits: Introduction to the Teaching of Foreign Languages and Introduction to Linguistics for Teachers of Foreign Languages.

These bridging subjects address the basic concepts of foreign language teaching and linguistics, respectively, to ensure a generally equivalent minimum level of knowledge between students with different academic profiles.