Improve your Spanish and benefit from your knowledge of this widely-spoken language.


Why study Spanish?

There is great potential for Spanish speakers in Africa especially in the fields of tourism and hospitality, international relations, journalism, translation and interpreting and teaching.

Why study Spanish at Wits?

The University of the Witwatersrand has established collaborations with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). These collaborations seek to promote the teaching of Spanish language and the culture of Spanish speaking countries as well as facilitate academic exchanges for staff and students. The academic programs have been recently developed taking into account the current Curriculum transformation taking place across the university.

Career Opportunities

  • International business
  • Diplomatic service
  • Journalist / foreign correspondent
  • Translator / interpreter
  • Tourism officer
  • Publisher
  • International agent
  • Teacher
  • Researcher


For the Honours of Spanish and Latin American Studies, students are required to take four modules and develop a Research Essay on a topic of their choice, approved by the Head of Department or Supervisor.


MDLL 4085 Research Methods
MDLL 4086 Introduction to Teaching Foreign languages
MDLL 4088 Spanish and Latin-American Literature
MDLL 4089 Selected topic in Spanish and Latin-American Studies
MDLL4087 Research Essay in Spanish and Latin-American Studies

Entry Requirements

The Honours in the field of Spanish and Latin American Studies is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time degree. The entry requirements (in addition to Faculty requirements for admission to Honours) are:

  • BA degree with a major in Spanish and Latin American Studies or equivalent.


University Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.