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Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Language Contact and Email Address:

Lee B. Abraham


¡Bienvenida y bienvenido! Welcome to the Columbia Spanish Language Program in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures! If you are interested in the diverse cultures, literatures, traditions, and present-day topics of the Spanish-speaking world this is the place to start!

We offer a four-semester sequence of elementary and intermediate-level courses, comprehensive courses, Spanish for Heritage Speakers, and Spanish for the Health Professions. After you complete our intermediate-level courses, our Advanced Spanish through Content (Spanish UN 3300) classes focus on different topics such as Gay Identities in Spain, Salsa: Afro-Latin Cultural Stories, Spanish Art, Immigration and Education, and many others. Spanish 3300 counts toward a concentration or major in Hispanic Studies.

Click on this link for more information about our courses and to watch a video about them from our students’ perspectives.

All undergraduate and graduate students must take the online placement test available on this page. Additional answers to Frequently Asked Questions about placement, registration, waiting lists, Advanced Placement exam (AP) credit, and other topics are available on this page.

Spanish language courses offered at Columbia and at Barnard will allow you to fulfill the language requirement.

Please check the Columbia Directory of Classes for up-to-date information on class times and locations.

We look forward to having you in our classes!