Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Honours
CAO Points Range 2021: 356
Length of Course: 3 Years (4 years BA International)
Average Intake: 420

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2021: 465
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 525

Leaving Certificate:

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.

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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
  • Journalism
  • Banking and Business
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Communications

Our graduates are also eligible to apply for the MA in Modern Languages and other taught Master’s Programmes offered by UCD in Languages and Linguistics.. 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.

First Year

Modules include:

  • Intensive Beginners’ Spanish 1A & Intensive ab initio Spanish 1B OR Spanish Language 1A & Spanish Language 1B
  • Study Skills
  • Stories, Poetry, Drama, Short Texts
  • Portuguese Language Electives

Second & Final Years

Modules include:

  • Spanish Language 2A
  • Spanish Language 2B
  • Latin-American Literature
  • Literature & Culture
  • Modern Novel
  • Film
  • Poetry
  • Fine Arts
  • Theatre
  • 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.

You may be interested in the following Blog posts: Why Study Spanish & Linguistics at UCD (a student perspective)

How Will I Study

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
  • Querétaro, 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 provided me with the opportunity to develop my passion for the language, as well as exposing me to a range of fascinating areas of study including Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. In the third year of my studies, I was able to spend a year in Valencia in Spain, which was a truly rewarding experience allowing me to immerse myself in Spanish culture. Through a dynamic range of modules, my experience abroad, and the support and encouragement of staff, my interests at undergraduate level has led me to undertaking an MLitt in Spanish.”

Katherine Gosling, Graduate

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