Course Overview

Welcome to the Diploma in Italian Online: Beginners (visit the Italian (Diploma - online) Intermediate webpage if you have already obtained a level A2 of fluency in Italian). You are going to be part of a ground-breaking experience which, employing the latest skills in e-learning, will enable you to study a language in your own time, wherever you are, and as part of a community of e-learners. Unlike many distance learning courses designed for individual and totally independent learning, this diploma course is based on a collaborative, communicative approach and students are encouraged to participate in virtual class activities with their peers and e-tutor.  Three on campus sessions per year are also included.

This course concentrates on all four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and uses carefully selected authentic material to introduce or consolidate the structures and functions of the language. In addition, a cultural module will explore aspects of Italian life from an intercultural perspective and stimulate discussions about them.

Students will be introduced to the basics of the Italian language and will develop competence in relation to the common situations of everyday life. By the end of each semester/year you should be able to converse and comprehend a variety of topics and situations normally encountered in everyday life.

Visit our Diploma in Italian Online blog where you can sample some course materials and experience what it is like to learn in an online environment.

Free Information Webinar and Q&A Session – Monday 19th August @ 7pm (Dublin Time)

Join our free webinar where we will explain the structure of the Diploma and give you a feel for our live online sessions. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and meet some of the tutors, email to reserve your place.

Applications and Selections

Apply Online

Online Applications will reopen in April 2020


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

The Diploma in Italian is open to everybody and is particularly suited to those who need flexibility in their time and mode of study and/or live away from Galway.  Workload will amount to approximately 6 hours per week.  

Basic computer skills are sufficient: ability to download and upload files, navigate websites, use emails and Skype-style applications. An introductory on-campus session at the beginning of the course will explain in very simple terms how to use these applications and will take you through all the steps necessary to become familiar with our intuitive tools.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Italian.

*The English language requirement does not apply to this language diploma.

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 9th

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Diploma in Italian, NUI Galway


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Course Outline

Course Content - Year 1

  • Italian Language Skills Level 1 - Part 1
  • Italian Language Skills Level 1 - Part 2
  • Oral and Intercultural Skills Level 1

Courses Content - Year 2

  • Italian Language Skills Level 2 - Part 1
  • Italian Language Skills Level 2 - Part 2
  • Oral and Intercultural Skills Level 2      

All teachers and e-tutors on this course are native speakers. They will guide students through the interactive and participative modules, which emphasize collaborative learning in order to avoid any feelings of isolation. Lecture packages will be delivered weekly online and will include comprehension tasks, individual and group work, conversation and intercultural aspects.

By the end of year 1, students will achieve level A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

By the end of year 2, students will achieve level A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to give people enhanced language skills whether for personal, travel or professional purposes. At the end of the course, students will have an additional transferable skill with the knowledge of a new language. They will also have improved communication ability both in written and oral tasks, and a recognized university qualification in the Italian language.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€970 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,470 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2019_20 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Dr. Laura Incalcaterra McLoughlin

Italian Department
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 492240
Email: laura.mcloughlin@nuigalway



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