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Five reasons to study Iberian Languages: Spanish and Portuguese

For those considering a degree in Iberian Languages but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are five compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Learn a second language

Having another language under your belt is extremely attractive to employers. Especially if it’s a language like Spanish, which is the second-most spoken native language in the world. Or Portuguese, which is the sixth.

Knowing a foreign language means that you can communicate to a larger global market, where there are more job opportunities for you to pursue.

2. Study important societies and fascinating cultures

The Iberian peninsula has rich histories and vibrant cultures. As a student, there’s plenty for you to explore alongside the language.

You’ll develop an understanding of how modern society got to where it is today, and enjoy looking closer at the areas that interest you most – whether that be the government, economy, engineering, architecture, music or dance, for instance.

3. Spend time on a year abroad

One of the most attractive elements of a modern languages degree is the opportunity to study abroad. You’ll probably spend your third year living and working or studying in a country that speaks the language you’re studying. This lets you experience the culture first-hand while improving your communication skills.

4. Joint Honours degree options

An Iberian Languages degree can be combined as a Joint Honours with a different subject area, giving you the chance to further explore your wider interests. Universities allow for a fair bit of flexibility, but common combinations include with English literature, history or another foreign language.

5. Numerous career possibilities

A degree in this subject area will set you up with skills that can be used in many different sectors and professions; skills such as analysing, interpreting and communicating. Related careers include copywriters, interpreters, journalists, teachers, translators and information officers.

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