Your degree in French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies

While exploring various subjects in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, you’ll have the opportunity to explore topics related to French, Hispanic, Italian, Portuguese or Romance Studies. You’ll develop important skills while learning about the languages, literatures, and cultures of different regions around the world.

These skills may include:

  • Critical thinking and analysis of concepts while demonstrating intercultural awareness
  • Problem solving to examine issues relevant to various regions and cultures
  • Language proficiency in French, Spanish, Italian, and/or Portuguese
  • Creation and evaluation of translations of original texts
  • Teamwork with diverse groups of people
  • Research, data collection, synthesis, and analysis of large amounts of information
  • Persuasive public speaking and reasoning abilities that are evidence-based and acknowledge the influence different perspectives can have on facts
  • Written and verbal communication skills used to identify and examine contemporary issues in specific geographical regions and cultures

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government, foreign service, global health, business, translation, non-profit, law, journalism, tourism, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.




Charitable organization director

Communications specialist

Community development worker

Community programs director



Cultural anthropologist




Event planner

French/Spanish immersion teacher

Foreign service officer


Government official

Heritage interpreter


Human rights officer

Immigration officer

International development worker



Language instructor


Library director


Media/Information consultant

Media relations officer

Museum administrator

Museum educator

News analyst


Policy advisor

Public relations coordinator

Records technician

Regional development analyst

Research assistant

Social policy researcher


Tourism industry consultant



Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Departmental events
Network with FHIS students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

FHIS on social media
Stay up-to-date on events and news by connecting on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

UBC Francophone Student Association
Meet other UBC students through events and programs.

UBC Italian Student Association
Join fellow students to promote Italian culture, history and traditions.

FHIS co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Funding and awards
Discover scholarship opportunities for FHIS students.

Outside-In: International Photojournal
Contribute to UBC’s only peer and faculty reviewed student publication for photojournalism.

Go Global for French 
Take a Global Seminar course in Quebec or explore opportunities to study abroad.

Go Global for Spanish
Study abroad in Ecuador and learn about other global exchange programs.

Go Global for Italian
Gain new perspectives and experience while studying in Italy.

Go Global for Portuguese
Find out about international exchange opportunities in Brazil.

Volunteer and internship opportunities
Explore various resources to gain local and international experience.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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