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Languages at UW-Madison



In the Americas, the Spanish-speaking population of the United States is second only to México, and is slightly above Argentina and Colombia. It is forecast that in the next five years, Spanish-speaking populations will continue their phenomenal growth, resulting in ever increasing demands on businesses and institutions to provide dual-language services. Fluency in Spanish is rapidly becoming a necessary job skill in many sectors, and this trend will only continue to grow. The undergraduate program in Spanish at UW-Madison provides you with a wide variety of classes in language, linguistics, literature, and culture. Courses at all levels are taught in Spanish so that you can continue to improve your language skills as you study advanced topics, including specialized courses for majors in business, medicine, and social services. You are also encouraged to take advantage of the many study abroad programs offered through UW-Madison to expand your knowledge of Hispanic cultures and to further enhance your fluency in Spanish! 

Majors & Certificates 

Spanish Major, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Major, Certificate in Spanish for Business Students, European Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.

Language Conversation Table 

La Mesa de Conversación
Tuesday during the academic year, 5-7pm 

Upper Sett, Union South 


Live in Residencia de Estudiantes, the Spanish House in the International Learning Community.

Study Abroad 

You can study Spanish in various countries in Europe and the Americas. Contact International Academic Programs for more information, and check out the Major Advising Page for Spanish. Additional opportunities are available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Wisconsin School of Business.

Student Organizations 

Spanish Club at UW-Madison; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


Consider an internship where you can use Spanish, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.

Summer Study Options 

Spanish is frequently offered during the summer. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for detailed course information.

Non-credit Classes 

Affordable non-credit language classes offered on campus in the evenings, on the weekends and in the summer. Learn more

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) with Spanish
Hispanic Literatures through the Perspective of Gender
Rainforests and Coral Reefs

Spanish 325: Advanced Conversation Course Trailer