BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Honours
CAO Points Range 2020: 310
Length of Course: 3 Years (4 years BA International)
Average Intake: 420
CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2020: 418
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500
DN520 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects
DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects
Special Entry Recommendation
In First Year two streams are offered, one for absolute beginners and another for non-beginners. For the non-beginners level a minimum of H4 grade in Leaving Certificate Spanish or equivalent is strongly recommended.
Why is this course for me?
Spanish is a truly global language, spoken by more than 400 million people around the world. Taught through interactive language classes, Spanish is not only accessible in the initial stages of learning, it is also richly rewarding for those interested in the more advanced subtleties of linguistic study. In tandem with learning to communicate effectively in Spanish, a combination of lectures, tutorials and group work enables you to pursue your own readings of and reflections upon works by major authors. This will deepen your knowledge of Hispanic culture, as well as sharpening your critical faculties. Opportunities will be available to study Portuguese. We accept absolute beginners (taught separately in first year) and non-beginners.
We strongly encourage our students to spend a year abroad as part of their degree. Studying abroad is a valuable experience, which enables you to perfect your language skills and immerse yourself in a different culture.Alternatively, if you wish to study more than one language, with a year abroad, consider DN541 Modern Languages.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
Our graduates are flexible, articulate and eminently employable people who can enjoy careers in:
- Civil Service
- Banking and Business
Our graduates are also eligible to apply for the MA in Modern Languages and other taught Master’s Programmes in the School of Languages, Culture & Linguistics and College of Arts & Humanities. MLitt and PhD programmes are also available.
What Will I Study
We aim to train you in the four main skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. A complementary objective is to focus on the analytical study and understanding of Hispanic literatures and cultures. If suitably qualified, students have the opportunity to study for an Erasmus year in Spain, Latin America or Portugal.
- Intensive Beginners’ Spanish 1A & Intensive ab initio Spanish 1B OR Spanish Language 1A & Spanish Language 1B
- Study Skills
- Stories, Poetry, Drama, Short Texts
- Electives, including Portuguese Language
Second & Final Years
- Spanish Language 2A
- Spanish Language 2B
- Latin-American Literature
- Literature & Culture
- Modern Novel
- Fine Arts
- Commercial Spanish
- Advanced Oral Language
- Erasmus opportunities
- Electives, including Portuguese Language
Spanish is taught in lectures and classes and there is an emphasis on independent study.
Assessments are varied and may include end-of-semester examinations, coursework, presentations and projects.
How Will I Study
as a Joint Major with one of the subjects below:
|Study Spanish (BSc Social Sciences) as a Minor with:|
|Politics & International Relations|
International Study Opportunities
We operate exchanges with several partner institutions, in Spain, Latin America and Portugal including:
- Deusto, Bilbao, Spain
- Zaragoza, Spain
- Valladolid, Spain
- Salamanca, Spain
- Castilla-La-Mancha (Ciudad Real), Spain
- Seville, Spain
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago), Chile
- Monterrey, Mexico
- Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Montevideo, Uruguay
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Coimbra, Portugal
Places may be limited with preference given to those with better results.
“Studying Spanish in UCD was a truly diverse experience as I studied both the language and a broad spectrum of Hispanic literature and culture. Through the Erasmus programme I had the opportunity to study in Seville, which was one of the most enjoyable and enriching aspects of the degree. The UCD staff were always very supportive and encouraged me to develop both my academic interests and personal skills. My positive undergraduate experience led me to continue my studies in UCD, first completing my MA and now a PhD in Spanish.”
Annmarie Kelleher, Spanish & Italian PhD Student