Online Business Spanish Certificate

New! Completely online, completely updated for the 21st-century business world

Get the language skills and cultural knowledge you need to conduct business successfully in Spain and Latin America. Highly practical, this 2-course program will teach you to navigate cultural differences and to use professional language and register rarely taught in traditional Spanish courses but essential to effective negotiation in Spanish.


What: 2-course Online Business Spanish Certificate

When/where: Anytime online

Cost: $690 ($345 per course)

Instructor: Julie Dahl, PhD, UW-Madison

Questions? Email Julie Dahl or call 608-262-5929

Registration open for course 1. Click for complete info»

Why earn this certificate?

UW-Madison Continuing Studies’ Online Business Spanish Certificate program is the only academic program of its kind in the Midwest.

Long renowned as one of the foremost academic institutions in the country, UW-Madison provides unparalleled service to post-traditional students. UW-Madison Continuing Studies develops and delivers more than 20 professional certificate programs in a wide variety of callings and careers—now including business Spanish. Through our unique combination of experience, innovation, and credibility, we can help you stand out in an increasingly competitive environment.

This program offers a practical, flexible and convenient way to acquire the language skills and cultural knowledge entrepreneurs and corporate professionals need to conduct business successfully in Spain and Latin America. Get real-life experience emailing, texting, and practicing phone conversations and Skype interviews with your instructor. Learn business etiquette, create professional documents, and learn to discuss your own background and training, all while growing your knowledge about the Spanish-speaking business world and negotiating cross-culturally.

Who this course is for

  • Business professionals who need hands-on skills for their current positions
  • Professionals who wish to expand their career opportunities by acquiring the ability to work cross-culturally
  • MBA students who are considering careers in international business
  • Professionals working for NGOs who work with Spanish-speaking countries
  • Anyone interested in gaining practical language and cultural skills

How the certificate works

Students take 2 courses: Business Spanish 1 and Business Spanish 2.

Both courses are delivered entirely online. Work at your own pace and take up to a year to finish, while getting consistent support and feedback from your instructor. Course materials comprise listening activities, video, and personal feedback from the instructor. Upon completion of each course, you earn 6.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of both courses, you receive the official Online Business Spanish Certificate of Completion and 12.0 CEUs total (equivalent to 120 hours).

Business Spanish 1 will give you the essential skills to conduct business in a Spanish-speaking environment. Learn how to properly address colleagues and clients. Write professional emails and letters, converse over the phone and Skype. Develop your own professional profile in Spanish and learn to describe your skills and experiences across cultures, and practice interviewing, all while reinforcing your command of the Spanish language. Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level Spanish or instructor’s consent.

Registration for Business Spanish 1 is now open. Click for complete info»

Business Spanish 2 continues the practical hands-on approach begun in course 1 but with a focus on diverse sectors the business world and NGOs, as well as product development and marketing. The course allows participants to develop a project tailored to the business sector and Spanish-speaking country that is most relevant to them. This course will be available spring 2014. To receive a notification when registration opens, subscribe to our language-program mailing list.

Questions? Email Julie Dahl» or call 608-262-5929.