The countries where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken have a fascinatingly rich and diverse culture. Our programmes and our enthusiastic, expert staff reflect this diversity, through courses ranging from medieval poetry to contemporary film from Europe and Latin America. We also offer courses in Catalan and Basque language, in addition to Portuguese and Spanish. Hispanic culture flourishes in Edinburgh, with a thriving Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies, an annual Spanish film festival, and an annual student-led Spanish play. Portuguese is one of the world's most important languages, spoken across Europe, in Brazil and in Africa. Study at the University encompasses learning about the fascinating literatures and cultures of these countries, as well as the language. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016, modern languages at Edinburgh was rated 4th in the UK and 17th in the world. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 70 per cent of our European languages and cultures research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent, in a joint submission with Celtic and Scottish Studies.