Spanish

Spanish studies at the University of Toronto are mainly, but not exclusively, concerned with the language and literature of the Spanish-speaking peoples. Courses in Hispanic linguistics, in business Spanish, in the history and structure of the Spanish language and literature are complemented by studies of the socio-political, artistic, and intellectual history of both Spain and Spanish America.

Please visit the Spanish Academic Calendar for the latest information on:

  • Specialist, Major and Minor program requirements
  • SPA language sequence
  • SPA course descriptions
  • SPA language citation

For courses currently offered, please visit the full Arts & Science Fall & Winter Session Timetable

For the three-year calendar with the minimum number of 300- and 400- seminar courses to be offered for the Spanish undergraduate programs on a rotating basis, please visit the PDF iconCalendar of rotating courses for the Spanish programs.pdf

 

Placement Test

Updated on March 3, 2022.

We are pleased to offer Spanish language courses for online synchronous delivery during the Summer 2022 term.

We have prepared the following guidelines to help you decide in which Spanish course to enroll. Please be aware that if your instructor or teaching assistant considers that you would be better placed in another course, you will be moved into a more suitable level.

1. If you do not have any prior knowledge of Spanish, enroll in SPA100Y1.

2. If you learned Spanish at home with your family or caregivers but received no formal schooling or education in the language, enroll in SPA219Y1 (not available in Summer 2022, but offered in the Fall/Winter every year).

3. If you have completed Spanish as a Second Language courses in elementary or high school, follow the instructions for placement test below.

4. If you have lived in a Spanish-speaking country for more than 6 months, follow the instructions for placement test below.

5. If you have received formal education in Spanish or attended a school where the primary language of instruction was Spanish, contact the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies for assessment.

 

Instructions for placement test (Updated on March 3, 2022)

Take the placement test on the Prueba de Español Cervantes website. Be sure to save a screenshot of the final result.

Then, send an email with your U of T student ID number and the Prueba de Español Cervantes test result to the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies at spanport.undergraduate@utoronto.ca

In addition to the test result, please answer the following questions in your email:

  • Did you take Spanish in high school (Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12)?
  • Are you a native Spanish speaker?
  • Have you attended a school where the main language of instruction was Spanish? If so, when and for how long?
  • Are you a language heritage speaker? We consider you such if you speak Spanish at home, but have never taken Spanish in an academic setting or have only taken it in high school.
  • Have you ever lived in a Spanish-speaking country for a long period of time? If so, when and for how long?
  • Have you taken Spanish classes? If so, when and for how long?

We will not review placement tests without confirmation of your student ID number.

Please be aware that we require a minimum of three (3) business days to review your results and assign you a course. We aim to communicate your results earlier and thank you for your patience as we deal with a high number of assessments.

Contact the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies at spanport.undergraduate@utoronto.ca for concerns.