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Spanish Language Certificate

The ability to speak Spanish is increasingly important in the San Diego area. Many employers view proficiency in Spanish and broad familiarity with social norms within bicultural settings as preferred--even required--job qualifications.

The Professional Certificate in Spanish is designed for individuals with little or no background in Spanish. The goal of the program is to bring novice language learners to at least a high-intermediate level of Spanish. Students begin with the Communication Series then advance to Refining Fluency and/or Conversations in Spanish. Upon completion of the program, participants should have developed both the language skills and cultural understanding to communicate within a Spanish-speaking environment. The program aims to provide diverse offerings to accommodate the variety of reasons people want to learn Spanish, whether they want to be able to communicate in another culture, to increase professional opportunities, to gain a new skill and expertise, or to better understand their own heritage.

Participants have the opportunity to further reinforce their language and cultural learning experience through pre-approved language immersion programs in Mexico. The academic credit earned in these programs can be applied to the certificate as elective credit.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
REQUIRED COURSES (All six must be taken in sequence listed)
Spanish for Communication I
LASP-40001
3
L L L L
Spanish for Communication II
LASP-40002
3
L L L L
Spanish for Communication III
LASP-40003
3
L L L L
Spanish for Communication IV
LASP-40004
3
L L L L
Spanish for Communication V
LASP-40005
3
L L L L
Spanish for Communication VI
LASP-40006
3
L L L L
ELECTIVES (Choose a minimum of nine units)
General Electives (It is recommended that electives be taken after completion of Spanish for Communication VI, unless otherwise indicated)
Refining Fluency in Spanish: Spain & the Caribbean
LASP-40060
3
Schedule Varies
Refining Fluency in Spanish: Mexico & the Southern Cone
LASP-40061
3
Schedule Varies
Refining Fluency in Spanish: Andean region and Central America
LASP-40062
3
Schedule Varies
Conversations in Spanish: Practical Dialogues
LASP-40012
3
Schedule Varies
Conversations in Spanish: News and World Issues
LASP-40056
3
Schedule Varies
Conversations in Spanish: Literary Café
LTSP-40004
3
Schedule Varies
Spanish for Healthcare Professionals II
LASP-40011
3
L   L  
Spanish for Healthcare Professionals I
LASP-40150
3
L   L  
Spanish Language Proficiency Exam (Exam required upon completion of coursework to receive certificate.)
Spanish Language Proficiency Exam
EXAM-80001
0
Schedule Varies
Travel Study Electives (Programs available in Mexico at extension.ucsd.edu/travelstudy)
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 100520 Add to Cart
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Arts, Humanities & Languages, (858) 534-5760
E-mail: ahl@ucsd.edu

Program Benefits

  • Pre-planned curriculum and sequence of courses designed to keep you on track and increase your confidence, ease, and fluidity with the language.
  • Communication Series, Refining Fluency Series, and Conversations in Spanish Series that require one respective textbook to help manage costs.
  • Convenient evening and Saturday morning classes that fit your busy professional schedule.
  • Small class sizes and a relaxed, interactive and supportive class atmosphere for maximum opportunity to practice.
  • Expert native-speaking instructors, experienced in teaching adult language learners.
  • Increased cultural awareness and historical knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Motivated adult learners who share your interests.
  • UC San Diego Extension academic credit.
  • A professional certificate in Spanish which can lead to new professional opportunities in our bicultural and bilingual region.
  • Transfer coursework completed elsewhere and begin mid-program.
  • Free online placement exams available.
  • Short language immersion programs in Mexico to help speed the language-learning process.

Certificate Guidelines

In order to receive the Professional Certificate in Spanish, participants must successfully complete the total number of credit units (27 quarter units) and the Spanish Language Proficiency Exam. Exceptions must be approved by the academic department in advance. The approximate cost of the program is estimated at $2,715 (include course fees and certificate enrollment fee) and is paid incrementally as students enroll in courses, rather than up front. Early enrollment discounts reduce price to $2,490. Cost does not include textbooks, materials and parking.