Latin American Studies

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 18.9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18.9 k / Year(s) Deadline: Dec 12, 2024
59 place StudyQA ranking:3543 Duration:3 years

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From the secret language of tango dancers to the intricacies of political change in Cuba, this degree will fly you to Latin America (quite literally, and probably in your fifth semester of study).Latin America's history is a collision of culture and politics, wealth and poverty. In this course you will study a history of corruption, colonisation and celebration.Off the back of its traumatic history, Latin America is growing economically at breakneck speed and in this course you will move along with it.For aspiring comerciantes and cultural buffs alike, our degree immerses you in a region of extremes.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find work in policy development, government, private business, tourism, trade, foreign affairs and may other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program enables students to:

  • identify and differentiate the diverse social, political and economic systems that comprise contemporary Latin America 
  • identify and critique current political debates, and the international relations and interactions of Latin American countries with the rest of the world 
  • define historical origins of contemporary Latin America, especially the interaction between the indigenous societies of the region and European societies 
  • evaluate theories of development and underdevelopment as they relate to the Latin American context 
  • communicate in the Spanish language (graduates' proficiency will vary on the level of language completion) 
  • apply skills and knowledge gained practical experience of studying and living in Latin America. 

The Bachelor of Latin American Studies requires completion of 144 units, of which:


A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

48 units from completion of the Latin American Studies major:

24 units from completion of the Spanish minor

24 units from completion of courses at a Latin American partner institution or alternative Latin American in-country experience

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


  • Latin American Studies


  • Spanish

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR

• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma or Graduate Certificate; OR

• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution; OR

• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Requirements for domestic applicants:


QLD Band:10

International Baccalaureate:29


For international students:

Refer to the table to see if you meet the requirements: 

English Language Requirements:

ANU recognizes a number of English language tests as meeting the University’s English language requirements. The acceptable tests are IELTS (an overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test), TOEFL-paper based test (a score of 570), TOEFL-internet based test (a score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening), Cambridge CAE Advanced (80, grade A), PTE Academic (overall 64, minimum 55 in each section.) 

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

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