Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Study with academics who bring the latest and most exciting ideas to their teaching. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, we achieved the highest score in the country for our 4* 'world'leading' research publications. Study in our state'of'the art, purpose'built facilities, located in the award'winning International Building at the heart of the Egham campus. Use our excellent language learning materials that include complex simulations designed to reflect real'life situations through extended role'play. You will spend a year abroad and can choose to study at university, be a teaching assistant or go on a work placement. We have an increasing number of strong links with universities across Spain and Latin America. You will enjoy easy access to London's vast wealth of art resources, from small collections to national museums and libraries.

Course Modules

Spanish Year 1: intensive Spanish or Spanish 1 or Spanish 2. optional modules: introduction to translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English; text and image in the Hispanic world; culture and identity in Latin America; re'mapping the Amexicano border in visual culture; authors and readers in 20th century Spanish American fiction; comparative Hispanic culture. Year 2: intensive Spanish 2 or Spanish 2; principles and practice of translation (Spanish to English); principles and practice of Spanish translation. optional modules: constructing identity in contemporary Spanish film; myths of the feminine in the Spanish novel; 20th century Mexican visual arts and film; religion and society in the 16th' and 17th century Hispanic world; love in the contemporary Spanish American novel; the Romancero (the Spanish ballad tradition from the Reconquista to Lorca). Year 3: placement year. Year 4: Spanish 3. optional modules: advanced literary translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish; research project; short fiction by Spanish woman writers; contemporary Mexican cinema; Spanish American literature (an overview); dissertation; Don Quixote (the text and its contexts); literature and conflict in 20th 'century Latin America; the gothic mode in Spanish and English fiction. Visual Arts Year 1: visual arts 1 (an introduction to visual media); a special theme in European culture: the city; the visual image in French culture and society; text and image in the Hispanic world; culture and identity in Latin America; re'mapping the Amexicano border in visual culture; Italian art (Giotto to Arte Povera). Year 2: visual arts 2 (genre and movements); the illustrated text in France; art and culture in renaissance Florence; renaissance transgressions; representations of childhood and youth in modern German culture; 20th'century Mexican visual arts and film; gender and clothing in 20th'century literature and culture. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: dissertation; from aestheticism to the avant'garde; text and image in France (cubism to the present); wanton women (artists and writers of the French avant'garde); Italian fashion and design; representations of slavery in French and francophone culture.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

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82% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 89%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 90%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 82%

£19,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

95% Go on to work and/or study

In work 75
Studying 15
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 22%

Total Coursework: 50%

Total Practical: 28%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation