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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Spanish)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available in any one year
  • Not available for international students

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.

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Spanish) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in Spanish. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in Spanish if you wish.

Learn a globally relevant language

With more than 400 million speakers, 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, which New Zealanders are beginning to discover and appreciate more fully through our growing relationships with Latin American countries.

Relevant to Australasia

The increasingly multicultural nature of society means it is important to learn about new languages and cultures, and how they interact with, and are affected by, your own. The GradDipArts (Spanish) produces its own digital study materials, relevant to Australasian students, so you’ll gain skills applicable to your own communities.

Massey is New Zealand’s only university to deliver language programmes completely by distance learning. Massey’s Spanish programme is available by distance learning to Australian students.

Highly interactive language learning

Whether you study on campus or by distance, 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 - evenings, lunch times and weekends - 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, and 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.

A good fit if you:

  • Already have a bachelor’s degree and want to expand your horizons
  • Want to learn a new language
  • Like exploring different cultures
  • Are interested in pursuing postgraduate study in Spanish
  • Want skills that can take you all over the world


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:

  • Banking
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Trade and export
  • Travel and tourism

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