Modern Languages

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN541
CAO Points Range 2018: 380
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 50

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

Special Entry Recommendation: If you choose to study a language at advanced level during your first year, it is recommended that you have at least a H4 grade in that language at Leaving Certificate, or equivalent.

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Why is this course for me?

Modern Languages combines advanced language skills with the literature, history and culture of the countries where these languages are spoken. It also focuses on developing critical faculties and cross-cultural awareness. You can study French, German, Italian or Spanish at an advanced level (post-Leaving Certificate or equivalent), and you can take Italian, Spanish and German as a beginner. Portuguese can be taken on an elective basis. Much of our teaching is in small groups, where you will expand your communication skills and develop as an independent learner. A crucial element of the degree is the year abroad, where you have the unique opportunity to become immersed in another culture.

You will find details in this prospectus of the opportunities available to study French, German, Italian and Spanish, including the opportunity to spend a year abroad. This degree is for those of you who want to concentrate on at least two of these languages, explore the connections between them, spend a year abroad and graduate with a BA International degree.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Your excellent knowledge of languages and strong communication, intercultural and analytical skills will open careers in:

  • Politics & public service
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Marketing & business
  • Creative & media industries
  • Translation & interpreting

You will also be well qualified to pursue programmes at MA and PhD level.

What Will I Study


  • 4-year multilingual course.
  • Study minimum of two languages: French, German, Italian and Spanish.
  • Study Abroad year is built in for all students.
  • International outlook – ideal for multicultural and multilingual enthusiasts.

First Year

  • Two languages
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Linguistics
  • History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature
  • Option to take a third language

Choose two languages: French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish.

Second Year

  • Two languages – continuing from Year One
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Literature
  • History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Subject Specific Linguistics
  • Option to continue with third language

Year Three

Study abroad: Spend a year abroad where you can study relevant modules at one of our 25 partner universities around the world.

Fourth Year

  • Two languages – continuing from Year Three
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Literature
  • History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Subject Specific Linguistics
  • Option to continue with third language

International Study Opportunities

Studying abroad is an essential element of this degree. Students are guaranteed an Erasmus exchange place at one of our more than 40 partner universities in

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • Spain and South America.


“I have always had a profound interest in the Romance languages and the cultures associated with them. When I found out about the BA in Modern Languages, I knew it was the right degree for me because it combines the main European languages with their past and present culture and history. The language classes are taught in small groups, creating a very relaxed learning environment where teachers are always available to help you with any problems. The year abroad has not only given my language skills a huge boost but has also broadened my understanding of what it means to be a citizen in the EU nowadays.”

Carla Fette French and Italian Student

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