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With half a billion speakers worldwide, Spanish is now the second language of international communication. Nearly 20 million non-native speakers also take Spanish lessons, making it the second (after English) most studied foreign/second language in the world. 

Fluency in Spanish is a career-enhancing skill, as businesses expanding into Latin America need employees who are competent in the language and knowledgeable about customs, etiquette, and relevant cultural backgrounds of Spanish-speaking countries. 

The Spanish Language Certificate from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension provides students with oral and written linguistic skills, while also developing an understanding of the cultures and literatures of the Hispanic world.

Series at a Glance

Program structure

7 courses needed to graduate.

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton.


2-3 years of part-time study.


Whether you want to study Spanish for enjoyment, travel, or to advance your career, a certificate will focus your efforts. While our initial courses are tailored for the absolute beginners, those coming to the program with previous knowledge of Spanish can start at the course level that reflects their language competence. 

Public institutions and private organizations will find our Spanish Language Certificate a quick and efficient way to raise their employees’ competence in Spanish to the point where they can enter into inter-institutional arrangements and conduct business with other organizations on an equal footing.

Program Plan


New enrolments into the program have been suspended.

This part-time program is comprised of seven courses. It is offered in a format of two basic modules (21 hours each), three intermediate modules (30 hours each), and two advanced seminars (39 hours each), for a total of 210 instructional hours. 

Students beginning the program at Spanish Module I generally graduate within two to three years. Learners coming to the program with previous knowledge of Spanish can start at the course level that reflects their language competence. 

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate (3.5 or higher earns a certificate with distinction). 

Our Spanish program also offers an optional enrichment course for those interested in keeping in touch with the language in a group setting: Advanced Conversational Spanish.


  • ‎Basic courses (2)

    These courses offer an introduction to Spanish through group work, exercises, and activities to practice vocabulary and structures in a conversational context.

    Spanish Module I
    Spanish Module II
  • ‍Intermediate courses (3)

    The intermediate courses further develop communicative competence and progress into areas such as Hispanic cultures and Spanish in the world of global trade.

    Spanish Module III
    Spanish Module IV
    Spanish Module V
  • ‌Advanced seminars (2)

    Structured through brief research projects, the advanced seminars refine the students’ competence in both oral and written Spanish.

    Spanish Seminar I
    Spanish Seminar II
  • Enrichment course (optional)

    Though not part of the formal program structure, this course is available to advanced speakers who wish to keep practicing the language.

    Advanced Conversational Spanish

Tuition & Fees

  • A one-time application fee of $100 is required for admission into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes.
  • Materials and textbooks are not included in course fees.
  • Courses are GST-exempt, except for the optional enrichment course Advanced Conversational Spanish.

Courses Offered

You can register for a course without enrolling in the program, as long as course prerequisites are met. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course(s) you’ve taken will be applied toward your certificate.

Please note that in order to register for Spanish Seminar I and Spanish Seminar II you must successfully complete an exam. For details, please contact the program office at 780-492-3034.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Classes are held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Course schedules are also available in printer-friendly PDF format.






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