Modern Languages

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN541
CAO Points Range 2019: 368
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.

Much of our teaching is in small groups, where you will expand your communication skills and develop as an independent learner. A central element of the degree the built-in year abroad, where you have the unique opportunity to become immersed in another culture. 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

When you graduate, you will be well qualified to pursue a a range of courses at MA and PhD level, including the UCD taught Master of Modern Languages & Linguistics. You will also be eligible for conversion courses in translation, International Relations and International Business.

What Will I Study

First Year

Modules in two languages, at least one language should be studied at an advanced level [post Leaving Certificate equivalent].

  • Two intercultural modules
  • Choice of modules in literature, history and cultural studies or linguistics
  • An optional third language.

Second Year

  • Two main languages
  • Choice of modules in literature, history and cultural studies or subject specific linguistics
  • An optional third language

Year Three

All students spend a year abroad in one country from their chosen language. You will study linguistic, literary, historical and/or cultural courses at the host institution and continue your study of your chosen second language.

Fourth Year

  • One intercultural module
  • Continuation of the languages chosen in second year
  • Option modules as above

Students spend approximately 15 hours a week attending language classes, lectures and tutorials and 25 hours a week undertaking independent study. Assessment is through a combination of end-of-trimester written and oral examinations, and continuous assessments.

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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
  • South America.

Testimonial

“I cannot recommend this programme enough. Highlights include the small class groups; the range of subjects; the year abroad; and above all, the stellar teaching staff who provide a wealth of knowledge and engagement. I wasn’t always sure which path I wanted to take, thanks to the wide-ranging topics, competencies and language skills the programme builds I could ultimately figure out where I wanted to go. During my studies I have had the opportunity to live and travel abroad, meet new people and experience new cultures, food, music, movies, languages, art, and see how a culture, a history and an identity can be shaped by language.”

Ryan O’Regan, Student

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