Admission requirements

  • There are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the university. 
  • A language placement exam is strongly recommended for all students with previous Spanish language experience. The placement exam or the recommendation of a foreign language adviser will best determine a student’s level, contributing to his or her success.  


  • Since 2000, Kansas City’s Latino population has continued to grow around the metropolitan area. Students who major in Spanish at UMKC not only have local internship and networking opportunities around the city, but chances to study abroad and earn course credit, while receiving invaluable life experiences. Immersion programs at the Universidad Veracruzana (Xalapa, Mexico), the Universidad de Granada (Granada, Spain) and the Universidad de Belgrano (Buenos Aires, Argentina) will greatly enhance one’s classroom education.
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Fast facts

  • Students who study foreign languages have better analytical and problem-solving skills, English writing skills and vocabulary, and are more creative thinkers. 
  • Studying a foreign language complements every academic discipline. 
  • Foreign language study allows for better understanding of oneself, one’s own culture, and the diversity of culture in America and the world today. 
  • Kansas City area companies conduct one billion dollars' worth of international trade per year. Many employers prefer to hire someone fluent in a second language.   


  • Louis Imperiale, Ph.D., Spanish Literature, Catholic University of America, 1991 
  • Alice Reckley Vallejos, Ph.D., Spanish & Latin American Literature, University of Kansas, 1985 
  • Alberto Villamandos, Ph.D., Spanish Program, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2006

Student organizations

  • Spanish conversation table 
  • Free Spanish tutoring available in the Language Resource Center
  • Department-sponsored speakers, cultural programs and faculty seminars are regular events


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

Visit us

Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.