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Latijns-Amerikastudies (Spaans/Portugees)

N.B. Minor description is up-to-date / courses and course descriptions are subject to change

This multidisciplinary minor within the department of Latin American Studies offers the opportunity to combine language acquisition courses in Spanish or Portuguese with modules in the history, literature, culture and cinema of Spanish America and Brazil. Students can choose to follow the Spanish or Portuguese/Brazilian studies track.


Spanish America is an emerging sub-continent of 19 countries and over 500 million people. Each country has its particular history and cultural traditions, and it is a very important economic player in the world. Moreover, Spanish is spoken in other continents and has a very important presence in vast regions of the world. For example in the Philippines, where almost 1 million people still speak Spanish, and in the USA, where Spanish is the second language after English, and almost 55 million people have Spanish as their mother tongue.


Brazil is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, with a vibrant and diverse culture, member of the BRICS and, with over 200 million people, is an emerging player on the world stage.

Portuguese is the world’s sixth most widely spoken language, shared by around 260 million people across four continents, in the countries of Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor, being also spoken in Macau (China) and Goa (India). Thus, learning Portuguese at Leiden not only introduces students to the vibrant culture, society and history of Brazil, but opens the possibility of communicating in a global language, a valuable asset in today’s competitive world.

Minor Structure

For more information about the minor structure see the tab below ‘meer info’

Elective credits

There are also other possibilities to study Brazil and Spanish America by choosing from a selection of courses offered by the department of Latin American Studies. For example, for students from the Bachelor International Studies who not speak Dutch and/or want to take 30 EC in one semester, this is an attractive alternative.

Maximum number of participants: 60

Language of instruction: Dutch, English, Spanish and Portuguese

Prospectus number: 5000MLASN

Class number: 7852

Registration: via EduXchange

LEI students 8 May to 15 July 2023

TUD and EUR students 8 May to 31 May 2023


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Verplicht vak voor alle studenten Minor Latijns-Amerikastudies (Spaans/Portugees):

Introduction to Modern Latin American History I 5

Studenten die de track Spaans volgen, nemen deel aan de onderstaande cursussen:

Language acquisition Spanish I 10
Language acquisition Spanish II 5
Spanish: Language in culture 5

Studenten die de track Portugees volgen, nemen deel aan onderstaande cursussen:

Portuguese 1 minor 10
Portugues 2 minor 10
Global Crossings: Brazil and Cultural Dialogues in the Portuguese-Speaking World 5

Studenten die de track Spaans volgen, kiezen een uit de onderstaande twee cursussen (5 EC):

La imagen del otro 5
Social Policy in Latin America 5

More info


  • Extent: 30 EC (spread over 2 semesters)

  • Language of instruction: Dutch, English, Spanish and Portuguese

  • Board of Examiners: Latijns-Amerikastudies

  • Registration:
    LEI students 8 May to 15 July 2023
    TUD and EUR students 8 May to 31 May 2023
    Register for the minor activity via EduXchange (applies to all students)
    From July, register separately for the courses via MyStudymap (only applies to LEI students).

Minor Structure

In the course ‘Inleiding in de moderne geschiedenis van Latijns-Amerika’ you will get an introduction in Latin American history with a focus on social, political and cultural developments in the different countries in the area.

In addition to this course, students take modules in Portuguese or Spanish language acquisition.

First semester – Spanish track (15 EC)

  • Inleiding in de moderne Geschiedenis van Latijns-Amerika (5 EC)

  • Taalvaardigheid Spaans niveau 1 (10 EC)

First semester – Portuguese track (15 EC)

  • Inleiding in de moderne Geschiedenis van Latijns-Amerika I (5 EC)

  • Taalvaardigheid Portugees 1 (10 EC)

In the second semester you complete your minor by choosing between different modules on culture, social policies or history.

Second semester – Spanish track (15 EC)

  • Taalvaardigheid Spaans niveau 2 (5 EC)

  • Spaans: Taal in cultuur (5 EC)

Choose one from the two courses below:
Het beeld van de ander (5 EC) or Sociaal beleid in Latijns-Amerika (5 EC)

Second semester – Portuguese track (15 EC)

  • Taalvaardigheid Portugees 2 (10 EC)

  • Global Crossings: Brazil and Cultural Dialogues in the Lusophone World (5 EC)


Information about Portuguese Language: Ms A.P. Cardozo de Souza MA

Information about Spanish Language: dr Gabriel Inzaurralde