Boost your career while learning a new language
The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Spanish) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in Spanish without completing a second bachelor’s degree.
- Graduate, NZQF Level 7
- 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students via distance learning
The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Spanish) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in Spanish.
Learn a globally relevant language
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and continues to grow as a popular second language. Spanish is spoken not only in Spain, but also in more than 20 countries in Latin America, parts of Africa, and in many regions of the United States.
Alongside the language is a vibrant and captivating cultural heritage. New Zealanders are beginning to discover and appreciate this more fully through our growing relationships with Latin American countries.
Highly interactive language learning
You will learn from supportive, passionate academics who produce digital study materials complete with exercises, audio, videos and presentations. Your lecturers deliver live online tutorials/lectures at various times to fit with your busy schedule. They ensure that you don’t have to learn on your own and that everyone can practise speaking Spanish in a shared environment.
Combines culture and language to enhance your learning experience
Language doesn’t exist in isolation. It becomes more powerful when it is learnt in a cultural context. You’ll use videos, music and literature to examine social, historical and political developments. Through exploring this context, you’ll also explore your own culture and identity.
Careers and further study
Trade, tourism and diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Hispanic world are on an upward trend. With the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Spanish) your knowledge of Spanish language and culture will prove both valuable and rewarding with a wide range of career choices possible, including:
- trade and export
- travel and tourism.
Once you have completed your Graduate Diploma in Arts (Spanish) you can then go on to postgraduate studies in Spanish if you wish.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Spanish) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
- English Language Proficiency
- Foundation Certificate in Academic English
- Foundation Certificate in Advanced Academic English
- Full Foundation - Certificate in Foundation Studies
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
from the Schedule to the Diploma including:
Endorsement courses (including at least 60 credits at 300 level)
From the Schedule at 200 (or 300) level
(at least) from the Schedule at 300 level
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
Courses for this specialisation
|245201||Intermediate Spanish Language I||15|
|245202||Intermediate Spanish Language II||15|
|245203||The Sound of Spanish: Diction, Dialects and Diversity||15|
|245204||Latin American Voices||15|
|245301||Advanced Spanish Language||15|
|245302||Theory and Practice of Spanish Translation||15|
|245303||Latin American Rhythms and Politics: From Tango to Rock||15|
|245304||Travellers' Tales: the Invention of Latin America||15|
|245305||Spanish Conversation on Film||15|
Planning your programme
Full-time study comprises eight 15-credit courses for a total of 120 credits in one year. We recommend you aim for 60 credits per semester.
If you are a Spanish language speaker please see the programme coordinator prior to enrolling in language courses.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
A good fit if you:
- want to learn a new language
- like exploring different cultures
- want skills that can take you all over the world.
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.
Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.