Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of Spanish

Step 1: Read the information below and assess which course is most appropriate for your level of Spanish language knowledge.

Step 2: If you wish to enrol to ARTS1570 Introductory Spanish A, you can enrol online at Do not complete the Online Application Form

Step 3: If you wish to enrol in a higher level course without the necessary prerequisites, you must complete the Online Application Form below.

Step 4: Please allow 7 working days for us to process your application. An email notification of your placement results will be sent to your UNSW email. If you do not receive a notification after 7 working days, please email the School Office at quoting your student number.

Note: You will be contacted by email if a decision cannot be made on the basis of the information in the application form. In this case you may be required to provide further information or attend an interview with a placement convenor.



Submitted applications are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in a student’s best interests to submit the Online Application Form as soon as possible.

Students from other Faculties who wish to undertake language courses to fulfill open electives or general education requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirements of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

If you feel that your starting course is not appropriate for your language level after attending first week of classes in the semester, please contact the course convenor to discuss the feasibility of changing to a higher/lower level course. Any changes to enrolment must be approved by the Discipline Advisor and finalised by Friday, Week 2 of the semester.

Courses offered in Semester 1, 2018

For timetable information, please see the Online Handbook

ARTS1570 Introductory Spanish A

  • if you have no or little knowledge of Spanish

ARTS2570 Intermediate Spanish A

  • if you have studied Spanish in high school, at a language institute, or at another university
  • if you speak some Spanish and use the present and past tenses
  • if you speak Spanish at home but do not read or write it
  • if you have lived in a Spanish-speaking country for at least 6 months

ARTS3570 Advanced Spanish A

  • if you have completed intermediate Spanish at another university
  • if you read Spanish-language newspapers/magazines; or watch Spanish-language television or movies without the need of the subtitles
  • if you were educated at either primary or secondary level in a Spanish-speaking country
  • if your Spanish is either as good as or better than your English
  • if you speak, read and write Spanish at home

Further Information

General Enquiries: Please contact the School of Humanities and Languages for all general enquiries on online placement in Spanish.

School of Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Telephone: 9385 1681

Academic advice: If your knowledge of Spanish does not fall into one of the above categories, or if you are not sure what level to enrol to, please contact the Discipline Advisor outlining your experience of studying Spanish before submitting the Online Application Form.

Henar Vincente Cristobal
Room 230, Morven Brown Building
Kensington Campus, UNSW
Phone: 9385 1854