120.00 Hours Required

Currently, some 350 million people speak Spanish, making it the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. Whether you want to learn Spanish to enhance your travel experience, for career or educational purposes, or simply because you have a passion for the language and culture, this program may be right for you.

Spanish Language and Culture Certificate - Level 1 is designed for individuals with little or no background in Spanish. You learn the foundations of the language by focusing on all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. By the end of the program, you should have a solid base of oral and written skills for communicating in Spanish.

Before enrolling in this certificate, students must have completed University of Calgary Continuing Education course SPA 101 Spanish 1 or its equivalent and, from there, will move through subsequent levels. Students are required to complete a total of 120 hours of required courses in order to graduate.

A Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture—Level 2 is also available.

Courses in this program are taught in a classroom format typically during weekday evenings or Saturdays at the University of Calgary main or downtown campuses.

All Continuing Education Certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind. Spanish courses are delivered in classroom format, evenings and weekends, allowing you to complete your program at a pace that fits your needs and schedule.

The Spanish Language and Culture Certificate—Level 1 is a 120-hour program. Students are required to take four 30-hour courses. If you take at least one course per semester, you can complete this certificate in approximately one and a half years. It is possible to fast-track this program and complete it in approximately one year by choosing courses that offer classes two times a week.

Plan your certificate...

You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.

A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.

Note: If you have not enrolled in the certificate program, but plan on applying later, please notify your instructor of your intentions so that you are evaluated and graded in your courses.

Apply for Certificate Admission

Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions

Advanced Standing* may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted for up to a maximum of 30 hours towards this certificate.

To apply for advanced standing:

  1. Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying which course you are requesting exemption from, and what equivalent course credits you have obtained.
  2. Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
  3. Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course you are submitting for advanced standing.
  4. Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution where you attended.

Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer* some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.

To assess your knowledge of Spanish:

For this certificate program, it is possible to have your knowledge of Spanish assessed to receive up to 30 hours of advanced standing. To receive this credit, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge of the Spanish language by challenging the final exam of a particular course. To apply for this type of prior learning assessment:

  1. Phone (403) 220-5895 to arrange your challenge exam with the program coordinator.
  2. Pay a non-refundable administration fee of $50 for the course credit you request.

*Note: The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 60 hours for this certificate.

Students who successfully complete the Spanish Language and Culture Certificate – Level 1 can move directly into the Spanish Language and Culture Certificate – Level 2.

To graduate, a student must satisfy all certificate requirements including:

  • Successful completion of the core, optional and elective program requirements.
  • Attain a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.
  • Attain minimum instruction hours to meet program requirements.

Note: If a student attains a grade of C-, D+ or D in one course only, a program director has the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. It will be the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval. Approval is usually granted for exceptional circumstances and it is the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate. Student advisors are available to meet with students to review status and determine outstanding certificate requirements.

Apply for Certificate Graduation

Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.

Continuing Education Administrative Offices
Phone: 403-220-2952 or 1-866-220-4992
Email: adedlife@ucalgary.ca

Additional Details

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