Learn Spanish as a minor or elective

Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world after English and Mandarin, therefore, learning Spanish will give you a clear advantage in a competitive job market and an increasingly global world.

At AUT, students are taught by specialised language teachers who are passionate about teaching Spanish language and culture.



  • Spanish as a minor or an elective alloWZ students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish to acquire competency in both written and oral Spanish.
  • During the initial papers you will learn to communicate at a simple, practical level and develop an understanding of basic grammatical structures and language patterns.
  • Later papers help reinforce the basic Spanish knowledge and skills. The focus is on the competent use of essential grammatical structures with an awareness of etiquette required in both formal and informal settings.
  • Students who complete the intermediate papers will be able to converse competently in variety of practical situations, including travel and business.


Any of these papers can be taken as electives as part of your degree. All papers will cover the language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) needed to understand and express oneself in a variety of every day situations.

SPAN501 Spanish 1A
SPAN502 Spanish 1B
SPAN601 Spanish 2A
SPAN602 Spanish 2B

International exchange opportunities

For students interested in furthering their education at a Spanish speaking institution, AUT has links with following universities:

Language assistants programme in Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Education provides scholarships for New Zealand university students (majoring in any subject) and graduates with some proficiency in Spanish. These students get the opportunity to teach English in Spain. Read more >>


Gloria Vázquez — Coordinator, Minor in Spanish
Phone: (09) 921 9999 ext 6841
Email: gloria.vazquez@aut.ac.nz

Cynthia D'Souza — Student Administrator
Phone: (09) 921 9999 ext 6840
Email: cynthia.dsouza@aut.ac.nz

Last updated: 20-Jun-2017 2.41pm

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