Resources for Prospective Students

Majoring in Spanish Language, Literary and Cultural Studies (SLLCS) means dedicating your time as an undergraduate to discovering the extraordinary historical and contemporary impact that Spanish and its texts have made both around the world and right here in the United States, where it's the second-most-spoken language. Alternately, opt for the Spanish minor to augment your degree with command of a language spoken by some 500 million people worldwide. 

Because many of our students have learned Spanish at home or have attended school in Spanish-speaking countries, we offer a program for heritage speakers and bilingual students designed to refine your language abilities for use in the classroom and professional settings. Whatever your background, there's a program here to expand your knowledge and inspire your passion. 

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    Santander, Spain is famous for its gorgeous beaches and quiet, authentic atmosphere, making it a popular study abroad destination for students in DU Spanish programs.

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Find out how study abroad can complement your Spanish studies.

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Center for World Languages & Cultures

The Center for World Languages & Cultures (CWLC) strives to prepare students to advance their skills to better understand and promote understanding of cultural and linguistic differences. Along with providing language placement evaluations, the Center offers all first-year language courses.

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Language Placement Testing

New to Spanish

Spanish students who have not taken Spanish courses and do not have a background of speaking Spanish will enroll in Spanish 1001.

Spanish Classroom Experience

Spanish students who have studied Spanish will take a placement test before enrolling to determine an appropriate class level. Placement testing is conducted by DU's Center for World Languages & Cultures.

Set Up a Placement Test

Heritage Speakers or Bilingual Students

Students who speak Spanish at home with parents, siblings or extended family members are encouraged to take the Spanish for Heritage Speakers Assessment and enroll in Spanish for Heritage Speakers. Bilingual students who completed part of their education in a Spanish-speaking country or had a significant study abroad experience should contact Professor Lina Reznicek-Parrado to determine if Spanish for Heritage Speakers is an appropriate fit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I start with Spanish at DU?

    Incoming students who are new to Spanish enroll in Spanish 1001.

    All incoming students who have studied Spanish take a placement exam before enrolling. This exam will help us guide you to the correct Spanish course. You can find more information about the exam on CWLC’s website. Once you’ve completed the online exam, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your placement with an advisor or simply enroll directly into the level you placed into. More information on the material covered in each level of Spanish can be found in our knowledge base.

    If you speak Spanish at home or have lived in a Spanish-speaking environment, consider our Spanish for Heritage Speakers program. Contact Professor Lina Reznicek-Parrado for more information.

  • Can I audit a Spanish course?

    Spanish courses can only be audited by a full-time student at the University of Denver. Unfortunately, if you are not enrolled full-time at DU, you cannot audit a Spanish course. Additional guides and information can be found in our knowledge base.

  • Can I take a Spanish class if I am not an admitted student at the University of Denver?

    Spanish classes through our department are offered exclusively to DU students. If you would like to take a Spanish course through our department, you must enroll at the University of Denver. Information on enrollment, including special status enrollment for those not seeking degrees, can be found through the admissions office. The Center for World Languages & Cultures provides some alternate options for language instruction for non-enrolled students — please email them or visit the CWLC website for more details.

  • Do you offer courses in languages other than Spanish?

    Yes! Professor Alison Krögel teaches courses on Quechua language and culture. Contact for details.

  • Still have questions we didn’t answer?

    Visit the SLLCS knowledge base for up-to-date information and resources on anything related to our courses, programs, student resources, how-to guides and more.

    If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for, perhaps a different department on campus can help. The guide below will help direct you to the unit best equipped to answer any remaining questions you may have.

Resources Across Campus


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    Enrolling as a DU student to take SLLCS courses

    Office of Admissions

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    Languages, Literatures & Cultures (LL&C) (majors, minors, and upper-level language, literature and culture courses)

    CWLC (for first-year courses, non-credit courses, and/or tutoring)

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    Enrolling in classes in less commonly taught languages


    SLLCS (for Quechua)


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