Our five-year BA Latin American studies (including foundation year), will be suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for the four-year version of this course and you want a programme that increases your subject knowledge as well as improves your academic skills in order to support your academic performance.
This five-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further four years of study including a study abroad year. During your Year Zero, you study three academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory academic skills module, with additional English language for non-English speakers.
You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.
Latin America is one of the most fascinating and complex areas of the world. Home to a rich diversity of indigenous people, as well as some of the world’s fastest growing economies, greatest environmental challenges, and richest cultural traditions, Latin America is an area of study that can surprise you, challenge you, and broaden your horizons.
On this flexible degree, you study Latin America and the Caribbean from a range of perspectives which introduce you to contemporary issues of global importance affecting and related to the region, and the historical processes underlying these issues. You focus on the disciplines that appeal to you, and shape a research project which you carry out during a year at a university in Latin America.
This degree is for you if you are eager to study humanities or social science at university, and would like to give your studies an extra challenging and original dimension. You can explore a broad range of interests throughout your course:
You also add a language to your portfolio, through either learning Spanish from scratch or developing existing skills in Spanish and/or Brazilian Portuguese to a high level, spending your fourth year at a university in a Latin American country.
Your education extends beyond the University Campus. You spend your fourth year studying abroad at one of the Latin American universities with whom we have an exchange agreement.
Most of our students go to Mexico, Colombia, Argentina or Brazil, although agreements also exist with partners in Uruguay and Peru and we actively seek to develop new partnerships with universities in other countries.
You generally spend two terms (semesters) at a university, taking modules relevant to your studies in the language of the country, or spend your second term (semester) gaining practical work experience as an intern.
This provides you with the opportunity to conduct your own original research, based entirely on your own interests. Our students’ recent research projects have investigated:
Studying abroad allows you to become fully immersed in Latin American life, to broaden your degree academically and socially, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.
For students who commence their course in 2020, if you spend a full year abroad you’ll pay no tuition fees to Essex for that year. You won't pay any tuition fees to your host university either.
We have some of the best teachers across the University in our Essex Pathways Department, all of whom have strong subject backgrounds and are highly skilled in their areas.
From year one, teaching on the BA Latin American Studies is delivered by experts from departments across the University who specialise in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, Latin American and Caribbean art and visual culture, literature, history, anthropology, and human rights.
Our scholars are recognised internationally for the quality of their research, much of which is carried out in the field and in collaboration with colleagues from Latin America.
Our researchers are currently exploring artistic engagements with the indigenous in modern and contemporary Latin American art, issues of gender and indigeneity in Latin America, Caribbean literatures, and combat games and martial arts in the ‘Black Atlantic’, among other areas.
By studying within our Essex Pathways Department for your foundation year, you will have access to all of the facilities that the University of Essex has to offer, as well as those provided by our department to support you:
Take advantage of our other extensive learning resources to assist you in your studies:
As a graduate in Latin American Studies, your year abroad can develop your confidence, independence, maturity and other invaluable life skills. Fluency in the Spanish or Portuguese language can open up exciting career paths around the world as politics and commerce become increasingly global.
This provides excellent preparation for areas which might include international development organisations, banking, branches of the Civil Service, journalism, tourism and non-governmental agencies, arts administration, translation and interpreting, as well as various other professions. Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including:
We also work with our Student Development Team to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
"The Latin American Studies course allowed me to study different subjects whilst also incorporating my interests in different cultures. In my second year I took an anthropology module which really challenged my perceptions of indigenous cultures and anthropology as a field. Our lecturers really inspired us, and were very enthusiastic about the topics they were teaching."
Emma Santos Clewley, BA Latin American Studies with Human Rights, 2015
Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2020 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
Our Year 0 courses are only open to UK and EU applicants. If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to your chosen degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College.
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory and optional modules chosen from lists. Below is just one example structure from the current academic year of a combination of modules you could take. Your course structure could differ based on the modules you choose.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change. Your course structure could differ based on the modules you choose. To view the compulsory modules and full list of optional modules currently on offer, please view the programme specification via the link below.
On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.
Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
Once you’ve checked that we have the right course for you, applying couldn’t be simpler. Fill in our quick and easy Clearing application form with as much detail as you can. We’ll then take a look and get back to you with a decision. There’s no need to call us to apply; just do it all online.
We don’t interview all applicants during Clearing, however, we will only make offers for the following course after a successful interview:
The interview allows our academics to find out more about you, and in turn you’ll be able to ask us any questions you might have. Further details will be emailed to you if you are shortlisted for interview.
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