Spanish is spoken in more places than you might think: Spanish is today is Spoken in 3 out of the 5 continents of the world. The Americas (18 countries): Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela; Europe (1 country): Spain, and Africa (1 country): Equatorial Guinea. In addition, there are countries where Spanish is not an official language but is still widely spoken: The United States (over 43 million people. This makes it the second-largest Spanish speaking country in the world after Mexico); Brazil (There are only 460,000 Spanish native speakers in Brazil. However, more than 6 million people speak Spanish as a second or third language); Canada (according to national reports, Spanish is the most spoken foreign language, almost 1.8 million Canadians speak it). Finally, according to Eurostat (https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-eurostat-news/-/edn-20210924-2) in 2019, English was the most commonly studied foreign language at upper secondary general education level in the EU, with 96% of students learning it. Spanish ranked second (26%), followed by French (22%), German (20%) and Italian (3%).
A language for the international job market: You might have assumed that speaking Spanish is essential in places like Central and South America, but Spanish is increasingly important as a language of business throughout North America as well. In fact, the United States is the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. Speaking Spanish is an advantage to businesses wishing to expand in the United States or even Canada. Projections indicate the dominance of the Spanish language throughout the continent will double in the next decade as the Spanish-speaking population swells. Learning Spanish isn’t just a smart move for attracting international business but a good investment in the future of any global company.
Spanish is a gateway to other languages: Spanish gives you a head start in learning other Latin-based languages like French, Italian Portuguese, and Romanian because of the shared root.
Spanish courses / programs at NTU
Currently, these are the programs you can study at NTU:
Spanish minor: more information about the application procedure, the academic requirements and the link to apply online:
西班牙文及文化 Spanish Language and Culture: more information about the application procedure, the academic requirements and the link to apply online: https://specom.aca.ntu.edu.tw/Domain/prog-info?program=102007
進階西班牙文 Spanish Language Plus: more information about the application procedure, the academic requirements and the link to apply online: https://specom.aca.ntu.edu.tw/Domain/prog-info?program=102009
In addition, it’s possible to study the following Spanish courses:
Spanish language courses: Spanish I (1), Spanish I (2), Spanish II (1), Spanish II (2), Spanish III (1), Spanish III (2), Spanish IV (1), and Spanish IV (2).
Spanish language content courses: Selected Readings on Spanish Literature (Ⅰ), Selected Readings on Spanish Literature (Ⅱ), Spanish Traditional Culture, Classic Spanish Culture (Ⅱ), Spanish Contemporary Culture (Ⅰ), Spanish Contemporary Culture (Ⅱ), Spanish Pop Culture, and Studies in Taiwan History under Dutch and Spanish Regime.