Heritage Speakers

UNAM Chicago's Spanish as an Inherited Language program is aimed at young people over 18 years of age who learned this language at home or in a Latin American country, and who received minimal or no formal instruction in that language.

Course Price:

$350 USD

About the program

The main objectives of the program are:

  • Preserving Spanish as part of our cultural identity

  • Developing oral and written skills in academic and professional contexts

  • Integrating formal registers into oral and written 

  • Increasing  academic and professional vocabulary

  • Developing command of the Spanish language grammar


This program is organized in three modules of 30 hours each:

Module 1, Module 2, and Module 3 


In each module, participants practice their oral and written skills through the analysis and discussion of a variety of texts (informational, scientific, literary, etc.)that  contribute to the development of vocabulary and grammar.


Our program invites participants to reflect on the role of the language we speak and the contexts in which we use it (personal, social and professional). Therefore, special attention is given to the varieties of the Spanish language, including the Spanish in the United States.


Each module is taught once a week in the spring and the fall, and twice a week in the summer. Dates and days for courses are available under the section CALENDAR.


All courses are open subject to enrollment (at least four students per course).


Transcripts are sent electronically once coursework has ended.


Tuition (per course): $350 USD**

**Tuition does not include books. 

Books are available for rent/purchase at Amazon at online bookstores.

Program calendar


Registration process

Participants interested in joining any of our Spanish programs need to schedule an interview. Participants with previous Spanish language experience are advised to take a placement test.  Placement tests and interviews are scheduled by appointment.

Reserve your oral interview here:  



Be sure to specify which program you are interested in taking when you register. Class calendars are announced on the first day of enrollment of each session. Please visit the Calendar section.


How do I enroll in a Spanish class?

Complete the registration form, the placement test (if needed), and an oral interview with one of our Spanish instructors. 

Pay the cost of the course before the first day of class.


Where can I book the online interview?

You can book the online interview by visiting the following link



Do I receive a certificate after completing the course?

After completing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. However, this is not a certification.


How do I know what my level of Spanish is?

At the end of the oral interview, the Spanish teacher will let you know what level you have placed at. Your level is decided based on the placement test results and your oral interview.