Course Overview

This innovative and highly flexible Languages degree allows you to study two languages, with the possibility of taking another language at Beginner’s Level in the First year. Linguistics, Translation Studies and Media are embedded at all levels of the programme. Literature and culture modules will be available for those students who wish to pursue a teaching career so that they will fulfil the requirements of the Teaching Council.

Year 3 of the programme is a structured year abroad, involving study at partner institution(s) or a combination of study at a partner institution and work placement.

Students may take short introductory courses in Chinese and modules in Latin will also be available.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate. H4 in a modern language other than Irish and English. 

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

Sept 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

Sept 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Year one: 

Students choose two languages in first year (one of which must be at post- Leaving Cert level). There is an option to study a third language or take Global Language Studies. In Global Language Studies, there are modules in Language Acquisition, in Translation and Linguistics, and in Media and Technology.

Year Two:

Students continue to take two languages (minimum).

Additional Study options include:

  • Third Language
  • Global Language Studies (from Second Year there are also culture modules available in this stream, as well as the modules on Translation and Linguistics and Media and Technology) 

Year Three

You will spend Year three studying abroad or on a language assistantship. 

Year Four

Two languages

Continued specialisation in a Third Language or in Global Language Studies

Languages Available:

The languages on offer are:

French and Irish can be taken at post-Leaving Cert level

Italian can be taken at Beginner’s level

German and Spanish can be taken at Beginner’s and post-Leaving Cert level

*Irish and Italian are in the same subject grouping and therefore cannot be taken together in the same year

*Short introductory courses in Chinese, and modules in Latin will also be available to students on this programme.


Further Education

NUI Galway has well-established offerings including:

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Modern Languages graduates are extremely employable and develop successful careers in translation, international media, diplomatic services, advertising, multinational companies, EU institutions and teaching at all levels.

Graduates will have:

1.      Excellent multilingual communication skills
2.      Critical thinking and problem solving
3.      Intercultural competency and cultural sensitivity
4.      Critical and innovative thinking
5.      Creativity
6.      Teamwork

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Year 3 of the programme is a structured year abroad, involving study at partner institution(s) or a combination of study at a partner institution and work placement.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,300 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€3,076 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€13,850 p.a. 2018/19
EU Fees 2018/19:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

Dr Máire Aine Mannion,

School of Languages

NUI Galway