|School:||University of Prince Edward Island|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Arts|
|Field of Study:||Spanish Language and Literature
|Description:||Today, Spanish is said to be the fastest growing language in the world. Over 360 million people speak Spanish. In the U.S., it has been the second language, and in Canada, it is becoming increasingly important and popular as NAFTA and other commercial links are established with Latin America. This creates a need for translators, interpreters and teachers, as Spanish speaking persons are needed in tourism, management, corporations, etc.
As Spanish is not presently taught in P.E.I.’s high schools, UPEI presents the only opportunity for learning this language. This means that students wishing to study Spanish start with 101 which demands no prior background in the language. Those who have had some contact with the language either through exchanges, family background, or travel may enter at a higher level (102, 201, 202, etc.). Courses designated 101-102 or 201-202 are basically language courses, while courses above these levels focus mainly on cultural studies. Students may do a so-called minor in Spanish (7 courses) and even a major. In the latter case, however, 2 of the 14 semester courses must be taken elsewhere, preferably abroad.
|URL:||Spanish at University of Prince Edward Island|
|Cost per year:*||
This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program and does not include compulsory fees.
|Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*||70|
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
Applicants are required to have successful completion of Grade 12 examinations in a University Preparatory Program with an overall average of at least 70% (75% for Quebec Secondary V students) in the following subjects: English, one Social Studies or Language, and any 3 other academic courses. Applicants are also recommended to have Grade 12 math. Note: Grade 12 Math is a prerequisite for some 1st year Art courses. Under the supervision of the Department, a student is allowed to major in Spanish if he/she shows a high level of interest and competency in the subject and intends to cover the minimum requirement of 42 semester hours.
The language of instruction at the University of Prince Edward Island is English. All academically admissible applicants, regardless of their country of origin or citizenship status, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to undertaking studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Proficiency may be demonstrated by: 1. Three years of full-time study in English in Canada or in another country where English is a principal language (as recognized by UPEI); evidence of bilingualism (English and another language) is acceptable for those applicants educated in Canada in a language other than English; OR 2. Submission of an official test score at or above the acceptable minimum, such as: IELTS (Academic) – Overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing no other band below 6; TOEFL paper-based test – 550 with minimum TWE of 5.5; TOEFL internet-based test – 80 with minimum of 20 in each category; MELAB – 80; CanTEST – 4.5; CAEL – 60; Pearson Test of English – 58; Cambridge Advanced English – CAE A-C: 176-184 after Jan 1/15; or Eiken – Pre-1.