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Develop a wide range of Spanish language skills. Learn to converse and write in one of the world’s most widely spoken languages.

Spanish language skills can lead to success in business or as part of a university degree. Whether you want to learn Spanish for personal or business reasons, this certificate will give you the oral and written skills that meet your goals. Our program offers opportunities to increase professional qualifications, prepare for travel, and become a more informed citizen in a globalized world.

We offer five levels of language courses, along with a range of advanced and specialized courses. While colleges and other universities offer primarily conversational Spanish, our certificate provides relevant degree-credit courses in small-classroom settings.

What Will You Learn?

Choose an elective that meets your goals and interests, including:

  • Spanish Conversation and Pronunciation
  • Business Spanish
  • Spanish Composition
  • Latin American Culture
  • Latin American Literature
  • Spanish-English Translation
  • Contemporary Spanish Fiction
  • History of the Spanish Language
  • Cultural Context of Spanish Writing

Who Should Take This Certificate?

This certificate will appeal to anyone who wants to gain or enhance proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.

You may be interested if you want to increase your professional qualifications, prepare for travel to a country where Spanish is the main language, or learn more about one of the world’s most widely spoken languages.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors are experienced teachers with advanced degrees in Hispanic Studies or Spanish/Latin American Literature. Many of them are faculty members in Ryerson University’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

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Industry and Careers

Knowledge of another language can be very valuable for students and professionals. It can widen your career opportunities in fields where the ability to speak different languages may be required or desired.

Learning Spanish can help you gain a broader understanding of the culture and customs of others, a skill which is rapidly becoming essential to succeed in today’s increasingly globalized society.

This certificate is comprised of degree-credit courses that you may potentially transfer towards an undergraduate degree program.

Testimonials

“I grew up speaking Spanish, but didn’t know all the grammar and wasn’t confident writing in Spanish. Because I work with Spanish-speaking children and their families, I decided to enrol in the Certificate in Proficiency in Spanish. The instructors were interactive and easy-going, and they explained the lessons well. I learned a lot about the Spanish language and culture from other learners too, because many grew up in Latin America. Now I’m more comfortable communicating with parents, calling family who live in Latin America and, on a recent vacation in the Dominican Republic, I had great experiences outside the resort, talking to people in the local communities.”

Sandra Montesdeoca
Graduate, Certificate in Proficiency in Spanish
Early Childhood Educator, WoodGreen Community Services

Certificate Requirements

  • 5 required courses*
  • 1 elective
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+

*You may be exempted from completing the required courses if you completed 4 courses at a higher level than CSPN 401. If granted advanced placement (through the placement and assement interview with the academic coordinator), you only need to complete 4 advanced level courses (CSPN 402 or higher) to fulfill the certificate requirements.

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Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • Successful completion of Introductory Spanish I (CSPN 101)
    • With a minimum grade of C+

OR

  • Admission by placement assessment and interview
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Awards and Financial Aid

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact Mignette Garvida, Academic Coordinator.

Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 6113
Email:  mgarvida@ryerson.ca

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