This is about learning to read, write and speak Spanish.

As well as learning the language, studying Spanish usually includes reading examples of Spanish literature.

Studying Spanish is also likely to involve learning about Spanish culture and history.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Spanish is spoken by about 500 million people worldwide, which makes Spanish the second most natively spoken language in the world (after Chinese).

Mexico has the largest number of Spanish speakers, followed by Spain, Columbia and Argentina.

Examples of career opportunities

'Additional' languages are useful for a variety of careers (involving other qualifications too).

  • Translator or interpreter
  • Spanish language teacher
  • International businessperson
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs analyst
  • Business consultant
  • Trade advisor
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


127% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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