Undergraduate Program Information

Spanish and Portuguese Language Program Mission

The mission of the Spanish and Portuguese Language Program is to help students attain communicative and cultural competence in Spanish and Portuguese. We offer transformative learning experiences that promote global citizenship and that foster ways of seeing and interpreting the world through the lenses of Hispanophone and Lusophone languages and cultures.

Undergraduate Studies in Spanish

The major in Spanish is a liberal arts major that offers a wide range of courses in the language, literatures, and cultures of the twenty Spanish-speaking countries in Europe and Latin America. Today Spanish is the second language of the United States, one of the three most widely spoken languages in the world, and one of the five diplomatic languages of the United Nations. The program in Spanish provides students with the opportunity to acquire thorough linguistic proficiency as well as in-depth knowledge of cultural and literary topics. The Spanish major opens up a world of literature, history, philosophy, art and culture, and is an excellent preparation for careers in law, diplomacy, medicine, business, the arts, academics, journalism, and education. Students may also select Spanish as one of two majors, and should consult with the DUS about a specialized course of study. Read More…

Department Brochure

Advanced Language Certificate in Spanish

ACTFL Assessments

DELE Spanish Diplomas

SIELE Exam and Certificiation

Fall 2022 Spanish & Portuguese Placement Exams

Online Placement Tests for the Fall 2022 Semester, New and incoming students:  

  • Placement Exam opens: July 1 (9:00 am)  
  • Placement Exam closes: July 29 (12:00 noon)  NOTE: Please begin your test by 10:30 am to ensure you have enough time for a full testing session.
  • Placement results reported: See Canvas site announcements
  • Early Placement Testing for Fall 2022 (Returning Students Only): took place in March 2022

Registration Information

General Registration Information

For instructions on how to request permission in Yale Course Search: Registering for Classes (see section for “When Instructor Permission is Required”)

Undergraduate Studies in Portuguese

The major in Portuguese is a liberal arts major intended to develop competence in the Portuguese language and provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the literatures and cultures of Portugal, Brazil, and African and Asian lands of Portuguese language or influence. Read More…