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About the Program

Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world with approximately 350 million speakers. 

Due to the increasing numbers of Spanish speakers in the United States as well as the economic growth of Latin American countries, knowing Spanish is an even greater career asset than ever before. Native speakers of Spanish can enhance their career opportunities as they refine their spoken social Spanish into more educated or professional Spanish. 

Knowing Spanish can also be an asset when traveling to many countries and can help people develop cultural sensitivity as they experience how others think and view the world.

Develop your potential. Improve your career opportunities and enjoy your interactions with your neighbors and your travels more. Study Spanish at Foothill College.


What you can do with a degree in Spanish

  • Teacher
  • Translator
  • Interprenter
  • Immigration office
  • Classifier of foreign documents
  • Museum work

Degree & Program Types

Check out this list for a quick view of our Spanish program. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Arts Degree

Associate Degree for Transfer


Foothill offers first year (SPAN 1, 2, 3) and second year (SPAN 4, 5, 6) Spanish as well as Conversational Spanish, and Advanced Reading and Writing.

We have a daytime/evening program on our main campus and at the Sunnyvale Center.

Students can also take Spanish classes in the evening that are taught at a slower pace spread over two quarters. These sections are designed for working adults or students who can only attend classes once per week.

Summer Intensive

We also offer Spanish during the summer with two weeks of full-day instruction for each of the first three quarters of Spanish. A student can thus complete an entire year of college Spanish in six weeks during the summer.

Summer 2021 Update

We are pleased to announce the return of our Summer Intensive for Summer 2021. We will be offering SPAN 1, SPAN 2, and SPAN 3 each in two-week sessions.  

6/28–7/9: SPAN 1 

7/12 –7/23: SPAN 2 

7/26 –8/6: SPAN 3 

These classes will meet some hours face-to-face on campus and some hours synchronously in Zoom. We are excited to welcome our Spanish Intensive students back to campus for some in-person instruction.  

For more details, see the Summer Course Schedule and contact Valerie Fong, Interim Dean of Language Arts, at with questions.  


Study Abroad

If you want to learn or improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in a foreign culture, you may want to consider studying in Spain for a quarter. Although Foothill's Campus Abroad program is not currently offered, other community colleges within California continue to run some programs. You may want to enroll in one of these programs and then transfer your credit back to either Foothill or De Anza. Up-to-date detail about these programs is available at Click on the "Study Abroad" link on the top of their page.

Credit by Exam

Students with some prior knowledge of Spanish can get credit by examination for one quarter of Spanish.


Featured for Spring

Elementary Spanish Conversation I & II

Want to develop your  Spanish speaking and listening skills for work or travel?

Take SPAN 110 (or  SPAN 111 if you've already completed 110). Both offered MW at 3-4:15 p.m. at Sunnyvale Center.

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Spanish Department

Building 6400, Room 6406

Division Office Contacts

Valerie Fong, Interm Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7135
To meet with the dean, contact the Student & Faculty Support Center.
Language Arts Division

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