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The Spanish Language Program at Stanford is one of the most ambitious language programs in the country. It is based not only on current research in second language acquisition, but also on an understanding of the extraordinary talents and abilities that Stanford students bring to the study of language.

The principal goal of the entire program is to help students develop their proficiency so that at the end of the second year of study, they can effectively participate alongside native Spanish speakers at universities throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

As a proficiency-based program guided by the Stanford Language Center, our program emphasizes what students can do with language rather than simply what they know about it. It is likewise standards-based—meaning that its Curricular Objectives for learner proficiency are based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Education.