Effective communication is key to success in the world today. And in North America, like in many other parts of the world, speaking Spanish gives you access to career and travel opportunities you might not otherwise have. The UBC Certificate in Practical and Business Spanish helps companies and individuals prepare for the opportunities of internationalization.
The UBC Certificate in Practical and Business Spanish helps you hone your Spanish language skills for a business environment.
- Delivered part time at UBC Robson Square and the UBC Vancouver campus, with some courses available online
- Requires completion of five Spanish language courses plus a final project
- Program costs approximately C$2,785 and C$3,015
- Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
- After this program you can expect to be able to communicate with Spanish-speaking colleagues and clients at a level equivalent to B2 of the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Open all | Close all
This program helps you to become proficient in the language and to understand the different cultural backgrounds of the countries where Spanish is spoken. In addition, you will have a chance to learn the specialized Spanish needed in your area of expertise.
You learn specific vocabulary, correct use of grammar, verb tenses and nuances of colloquial and formal language, as well as how to use the correct protocol, practise possible encounters with prospective clients, and prepare and deliver speeches.
By completing the UBC Certificate in Practical and Business Spanish, you will be at a level equivalent to B2 of the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Who It's For
This program is for professionals who need to communicate with, as well as understand the cultures of their colleagues and clients in the Spanish-speaking world.
This program is intended for individuals who already have a basic foundation in Spanish and would like to advance their language skills to be able to function at a high level in their field of specialization, and to be able to interact easily with native speakers. If you are at a beginner level of Spanish, please see the UBC Award of Achievement in Spanish.
The UBC Certificate in Practical and Spanish is a part-time program consisting of a minimum of five courses taken in a combination of in-class and online. Starting at the Lower Intermediate level, you must complete the Advanced level before starting your final project. During the course of your program you must complete one online Reading and Writing course. You have up to two years to complete the program requirements.
Note: This program cannot be completed entirely online. In-class courses are a required component.
Students who have previously taken a Spanish course with UBC Extended Learning may ask to have it applied retroactively to the certificate. Note that only one course requirement can be applied retroactively, as students are assessed as they progress through the program.
In-class Spanish courses are offered evenings and weekends at UBC Vancouver or downtown at UBC Robson Square. Courses are conversational with a focus on practical communication skills and are student-centered and interactive. For extra practice at home, you have access to our Moodle site where our instructors have developed and selected online language learning resources that include grammar exercises, listening exercises and cultural resources.
Online reading and writing courses are nine weeks long and involve weekly readings followed by grammar and vocabulary exercises. You receive personalized feedback on writing assignments.
UBC Extended Learning strongly suggests that students have the following technology and expertise in order to keep up with the program and complete projects and assignments online:
- familiarity with basic Internet applications (email and web browser)
- a recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or other web browser.
Your computer operating system must meet the following minimum specifications:
- PC: Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro
- Mac: Mac OS x 10.4.
The curriculum consists of a minimum of five courses followed by a final project. Each in-class course consists of nine weekly classes focusing on speaking and listening skills. Each online course is nine weeks long and involves readings, grammar and vocabulary exercises, and written assignments.
Spanish Language Courses
The first part of the program consists of a minimum of five Spanish language courses, plus tests. Students with previous Spanish language experience will be placed in the appropriate conversational level but are still required to complete a minimum of five courses and the final project to achieve the certificate. The language courses are designed to be taken in sequence; each course builds upon knowledge gained in earlier ones. View our Overview of Conversational Course Levels.
Sequence of Courses
Most students will start at the Lower Intermediate level.
|Spanish Lower Intermediate||in-class|
|Spanish Intermediate/Advanced (focusing on Intermediate level language skills)||in-class|
|Spanish Intermediate/Advanced (focusing on either Intermediate or Advanced level language skills, depending on individual)||in-class|
|Reading and Writing Spanish Intermediate OR Advanced (depending on level of individual student)||online|
|Spanish Intermediate/Advanced (focusing on Advanced level language skills)||in-class|
This module consists of a final written project and oral presentation. Students are expected to present a proposal and outline, conduct their research and submit a draft. Upon approval of the written project, students will make an oral presentation followed by a question period.
View all Spanish language courses.
Our instructors are native Spanish speakers with experience working in Spanish-speaking countries.
Participants must apply and be accepted into the program before registering for courses. There is a $175 non-refundable administration fee, due upon acceptance into the program. The cost of each language course is $315-$450 (based on 2013 fees). The cost for the personalized module is $595. Course fees include all course materials.
Fees are paid on a course-by-course basis and total approximately $2,785-$3,015. There is a one-time $175 non-refundable registration fee due upon acceptance into the program.
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, MasterCard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies
If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice at least three business days before the course begins to be eligible for a refund (less a CAD$50 administration fee). An email is considered adequate written notification. No refund will be made for cancellations received later than three business days before the course begins.
UBC Extended Learning is sometimes forced to cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, you will be contacted by email or by phone and a full refund provided.
Before applying to this program you must read and understand the terms and conditions on this website.
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities.
Applicants are accepted provided they have completed high school and pass the preliminary interview with the certificate program coordinator.
To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, please contact us.
Complete the following steps to submit your application: