(Original post by sophia5892)
It's a relatively small languages department so you get to know the staff really well. Everything feels personal and there's plenty of support available.
Despite being small they still offer a huge variety in modules so you shouldn't be stuck for choice.
The city centre is quite compact but still has everything you might want - the gate, metrocentre 10 mins away, clubs for every type of music etc etc. And you're only a metro away from the beach. Plus - lovely friendly locals.
and i guess above all, flexibility. You can split your languages how you want, you can drop a language quite easily if you change your mind because it's all one degree programme.
Spanish vs. Latin America....
There is some emphasis on Latin American Studies as I believe there's funding available for it and is it offered as a separate degree. However you don't have to do anything Latin America based if you don't want to.
In first year most of the modules are quite general "intro to linguistics", "intro to literature" etc. Plus you have a German history module, an into to latin america and an intro to the history, culture and society of the iberian peninsula.
In second year there's around 5 modules for German, including Dutch language.
For Spanish you can pick up Catalan or Quechua and then there's 2 Latin American based modules i think, and and 3 that are coded SPA (although i think two of these also look at Latin America.)
Then in 4th year you again have around 5 German modules and i think 4 Latin American modules and then a module on Spanish and Mexican cinema.
So i guess if you want to do a 50-50 split you'd probably have to do a module or 2 that included study of Latin America, but you wouldnt have to do loads!
Post A Level language modules count for 20 credits. So you'd do 4 cultural modules a year. A Beginners language counts for 40 so you'd do 3 cultural modules.
Hope that helps! Any more questions, feel free x