European and Latin American Languages and Cultures

The European and Latin American Languages and Cultures programme offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

French, German, Italian and Spanish are among the world’s most widely spoken languages, used across Europe to the Pacific, from Africa to North, Central and South America. Studying any of these languages and their intertwined cultures will give you a global perspective and an international edge that will enrich your life and your career prospects.

Studying European and Latin American Languages and Cultures

Whether you’re a total beginner or a practised speaker of French, German, Italian and/or Spanish, our European and Latin American Languages and Cultures programme offers something for everyone.

Our staff have studied, researched and taught all over the world. You'll find them highly qualified and passionate, with fascinating research interests—from world literature in French to the life writing of Holocaust survivors, Cuban and Swiss poetry, and translation.

Studying European and Latin American Languages and Cultures at Victoria University of Wellington offers all the advantages of a capital city university, with strong connections with the embassies and consulates of French, German, Italian and Spanish-speaking nations and cultural institutes such as Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut and Circolo italiano. It’s the perfect environment for connecting with native speakers and building international relationships.

Language clubs

Our student-run language clubs offer social and cultural activities to support your language learning.

Study abroad

Our Language Study Abroad programme lets you take intensive language courses in French, German, Italian or Spanish at overseas universities during our summer, and gain credit towards your BA.

Studying a European or Latin American language also opens doors to overseas exchanges through Wellington Global Exchange.