Spanish for Business and Organizations Certificate program

Communicate with a growing Spanish-speaking population at work.

A certificate in Spanish for Business and Organizations will prepare you with the linguistic and intercultural competence to serve a growing population of Spanish speakers in the work world. Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population growth between 2010 and 2019.

Regardless of whether you plan to stay in the U.S. or live and work abroad, a Spanish for Business and Organizations certificate will help you develop Spanish proficiency and intercultural competence to work with Spanish-speaking professionals from 26 countries.

What is the Spanish for Business and Organizations certificate?

The certificate pairs well with any UWL major, especially international business and other paths that include some experience abroad such as anthropology or geography.

Courses in the certificate are very practical. You will learn Spanish with a community of learners participating in high-impact practices such as service-learning, virtual collaborations with international students, internships abroad, educational trips and more.

Career advancement with a Spanish for Business and Organizations certificate

Local companies and international corporations with multicultural staff are taking an increased interest in their applicants’ complex set interpersonal and career readiness skills. Nine out of 10 U.S. employers rely on employees with language skills other than English. Spanish, Chinese and Japanese see the highest demand among U.S. employers. Studying a world language provides you with valuable marketable soft skills such as the ability to work in teams, critical thinking, and awareness of oneself and the world around us.

The courses that comprise the certificate are designed to replicate common communicative situations in many workplace contexts and apply all eight competencies that national employers have highlighted year after year as being critical to success in the workforce: 

Key skills

  • Intercultural competence
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration and leadership
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Digital literacy and technology
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Accountability, career and self development.
  • These are collectively called Eagle Advantage competencies at UWL.

What distinguishes UWL's Spanish for Business and Organizations certificate?

Practical knowledge

This certificate will allow you to develop your communicative abilities (writing and speaking) in Spanish in order to communicate with other professionals in the Spanish-speaking world, both within the U.S. and abroad. The program will combine classes with on-site location experiences.

Service learning

There are opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to projects involving the local community.

International connections

You will have the chance to work remotely on different projects with students in other countries who are studying international business.


The certificate consists of 12 credit hours (three required courses and one
elective). An internship abroad can count as your elective.

Student involvement

Meet other students while growing your language skills and appreciation of Spanish speaking cultures through the Spanish Club or the Conversation Partner Program. Students can also participate in conversation groups to practice speaking and share cultural experiences with international students and native speakers.

Sample courses