Romance Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Romance languages are vehicles of communication and exchange across Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. You'll study the literatures, languages, and cultures of the Romance World.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and other Romance languages and civilizations have been brought to the four corners of the world by successive waves of migration, miscegenation, and settlement. Romance studies tracks the commonalities that, beyond a bewildering gamut of differences, subtend the past and present features shared – in language, history, beliefs, literature, political structure, and civilization – by people living as far apart as Northern Europe, Quebec, the Amazons, and the Southern Cone in Latin America.

The program leads to the the Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Romance Studies.

Campus features

UBC has exchange agreements with universities in Chile, Costa Rica, Italy, France, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland, allowing up to two terms of study to earn credits towards your UBC degree.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Second Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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