Why learn Spanish?
Spanish is the fourth most spoken language in the world. It has official status in 22 countries of the world and is used at the state level in four more. Simply put, about a fifth of the world speaks it. Knowledge of Spanish will allow you to get acquainted with this huge multinational layer of global culture.
In addition, along with Spanish, the Romance group includes, for example, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Moldovan. It will be much easier for you to start learning related languages if you have a Spanish base.
Spanish for study
Higher education is not necessarily limited to the universities in your city or even your country. Knowing Spanish, you can choose between universities in more than twenty countries in North and Latin America. In many of them, you can stay to work and live after graduation.
Spanish-language programs can even be found in US universities. For admission, you must confirm a high level of knowing language by passing DELE or SIELE. For undergraduate studies, as a rule, you need B1, and for Master's programs — B2-C1. You can enroll in preparation courses for these exams, both at home and abroad.
When preparing for admission, pay special attention to several aspects:
- Spelling and fluency. There is a lot of work ahead of you in Spanish, and you won't have time to hone those skills.
- Professional vocabulary. Speaking is not the most important thing in a university. For writing papers and mastering the specialty, the academic and scientific language is more useful.
- The subtleties of formal communication. The etiquette of each specific country dictates its own rules for communicating with teachers and university staff.
|Country||Min. level for admission||Exam and score|
|Spain||В1||DELE 60+ / SIELE 459+|
|Argentina||В2||DELE 60+ / SIELE 685+|
|Mexico||В2||DELE 60+ / SIELE 685+|
Spanish for work
Knowledge of Spanish is a popular requirement in international companies, it offers many new possibilities. New professional areas will become available to an applicant with Spanish, where you can get a job even without an appropriate diploma. This includes work in education, tourism and hospitality, the hotel business, and even the technical field. Many international companies train technical support operators from scratch, the important prerequisite is the language. Requirements vary by employer and position — usually Intermediate / Upper-intermediate or Advanced, especially for teachers.
Spanish companies are considering candidates with a B2 level and above. Additionally, with a foreign diploma in a number of specialties, you will need to go through the qualification recognition procedure — homologation.
Most countries in Hispanidad do not require a language certificate for a work visa. However, knowledge of professional vocabulary and the official style of speech, as well as having ability to conduct business correspondence and formally communicate with colleagues are necessary. However, keep in mind that many Spanish-speaking countries have high unemployment rates, so it will not be easy for a foreigner in the labor market.
Spanish for immigration
Spain is not the most popular destination for immigration. If you are not a student, then the easiest way to get a residence permit is through investment or the purchase of real estate, and these options are not available to everyone. Besides, you will not be eligible to legally work. Citizenship is also not the most popular option: firstly, you will have to give up the passport of your native country, secondly, pay high taxes, and thirdly, the Spanish bureaucracy will cause you a lot of problems. In addition, it can be difficult with employment: Spain holds the fourth place among European countries in terms of unemployment.
Usually, immigrants first receive a residence permit. It can be of four types:
- For students;
- With a work permit;
- Without a work permit;
- “Golden Visa” for the purchase of real estate or investment.
After five years of residence, you can apply for permanent residence. To do this, you need to live in the country for at least six months a year, and also show that you are gradually becoming a part of society — pay taxes, use medical services, improve your language. Citizenship can be obtained only after ten years of residence in the country (at least six months a year).
The requirements for the level of Spanish vary greatly depending on the country and the reasons for getting the residence permit. As a rule, those who want to apply for citizenship will have to pass the obligatory language proficiency exam — they need a certificate of DELE at level A2 and higher. But even if you are not going to get a Spanish passport, it will not be easy to live without knowledge of the language. First of all, work on the vocabulary that you need in everyday life — going to the store, visiting the hospital, etc. At the initial stage, you can also focus on ready-made sets of basic vocabulary — for example, video lessons Spanish for every day or 70 basic Spanish phrases.
|Country||Cost per month||Monthly salary|
|Spain||664 USD||1,448 USD|
|Argentina||358 USD||414 USD|
|Venezuela||477 USD||274 USD|
|Mexico||406 USD||448 USD|
Spanish for travel
If in Europe the knowledge of English may be enough for a tourist, in Latin America, most likely, it will not help you. In Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Bolivia, and Paraguay, the locals will mostly understand you, but in Colombia, Peru and Mexico you cannot do without Spanish. In addition to the fact that it will already be easier and less stressful for you even with basic knowledge of the language, the attitude of the locals will be very warm — they always appreciate the desire of foreigners to learn their language.
Spanish for travel has its own specificities. You will need a grammatical minimum, but you will have to prioritize learning the most used words and phrases. Writing as a skill is not so important, but it is imperative to be able to talk. Fortunately, there are many manuals and phrasebooks for tourists, including free ones, and language courses and tutors will be able to prepare you for the trip in a short time.
Exams in Spanish
Most often, a certificate is required for admission to a university in a Spanish-language program. Also, exams are needed for work, especially in the fields of education and tourism. There are also those who just want to test their strength.
- DELE is taken at a specific level, the cost of the exam depends on it. You need to complete the required minimum for all four modules because if you fail at least one, you will not be certified at all.
- SIELE has no structure of levels. The certificate will indicate the number of points and the final grade according to the international CEFR scale. That is, if you do mess up in some part of the exam, you will get a certificate anyway. Moreover, if you need to prove skills only in certain modules, you can only pass them — for example, it is not obligatory to pass a conversation and the listening module for a job in written translations.
|name||Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera Servicio Internacional|
|Scale||100 points||1000 points|
|Result||Apto / no apto||CEFR score and a corresponding level of proficiency|
|Recognition||Higher education institutions|
|Period of validity||Unlimited||5 years|
|Form of conduct||Written in accredited centers||Online in accredited centers|
|Regularity||Six times a year||Any day of the year|
|Results delivery||Up to six months||Up to three weeks|
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