Entry Points (2018)

Course Overview

Studying a modern language to degree level involves spending a period, normally an academic year, in a country or region where the language is widely spoken. You will pursue both of your degree subjects during the period abroad. Students registered for two languages are required to spend a minimum of 12 weeks in each of the countries or regions where the
relevant languages are spoken. This will usually consist of an academic year abroad arranged by the University in one language and a summer placement arranged by the student in the other country or region.

Students not taking languages may also apply to the BA (International). In this instance students will spend a year abroad in China or North America, or on European exchanges where programmes are delivered in English.

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.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

Sept 2019

A Level Grades (2018)


Average intake


Closing Date

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

The BA (International) is a four year programme. In Year 3 you will spend time in another country (depending on your subject choices) before returning to NUI Galway to complete your final year.

Year 1: Choose three subjects from selection of Arts subject.

Year 2: Specialise in two subjects

Year 3: Year aboard, studying your two Arts subjects, on work placement, or a combination of both study/work placement.

Year 4: Two specialised subjects at NUI Galway

Further Education

Further details on one-year taught postgraduate opportunities can be found here: www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taughtpostgraduate-courses/ 

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Arts graduates, and in particular language graduates, are in demand. Career destinations represent a broad range of opportunities from hospitality through to the creative industries, in addition to careers in media and communications. In studying abroad graduates develop skills identified as desirable from across multiple employment sectors. After completing your BA International, there are many diverse postgraduate programmes offered by the  College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Year 3 is spent abroad.  The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies have developed and established links across numerous European destinations (e.g. Erasmus Programme links). These are updated and extended on an annual basis across a wide range of destinations within Europe, including EU and non-EU countries. There are also a number of study/work placement opportunities in North and South America, the UK, and China.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2019/20
EU Fees 2019/20:
- 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





  • Undergraduate Prospectus 2019

    Undergraduate Prospectus 2019 PDF (16MB)

  • Quick Guide 2019

    Quick Guide 2019 PDF (1mb)

  • A Level Guide 2019

    A Level Guide 2019 pdf (1MB)

  • CAO Brochure

    CAO Brochure PDF (1.3 MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2019

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2019 PDF (12.6 MB)

  • QQI / FETAC Pathways Guide

    QQI / FETAC Pathways Guide PDF (45MB)