Italian online (Diploma) {Beginners}

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Course overview

Welcome to the Online Diploma 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 programmes 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 semester are also included.

There are two levels of the Diploma in Italian Online: Beginners for those who have never studied Italian before and Intermediate for those who already possess a post-beginner (A2) knowledge of the language.

Both courses concentrate on all four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and use 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.

In the Beginners course you 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.

In the Intermediate course you will be guided through more advanced structures and functions of the language. By the end of each semester/year you should be able to interact confidently in a variety of situations. For further information/application link, please see the specific Intermediate programme page:

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:

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Italian. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Duration: 2 years

Next start date: 14th September 2015

ECTS weighting: 30

Awards: Diploma in Italian, NUI Galway

Closing date: August 31st, 2015.

NFQ level: 7

Mode of study: Online programme

Course outline

Beginners - Diploma in Italian (Online)
Programme Content Year 1

• Italian Language Skills Level 1 - Part 1

• Italian Language Skills Level 1 - Part 2

• Oral and Intercultural Skills Level 1

Programme Content Year 2

• Italian Language Skills Level 2 - Part 1

• Italian Language Skills Level 2 - Part 2

• Oral and Intercultural Skills Level 2       


The teachers and e-tutor – including native speakers – will guide you through this interactive and participative module, which will 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.

Applications and selections

Application Open Date: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015:

Beginners - Diploma in Italian (Online) Apply here


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 steps necessary to become familiar with our intuitive tools.


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

-          or signing for social insurance contribution credits

2015-2016 Fee Scholarship Application Form

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information. Supporting documentation relating to the above eligibility categories will be required as part of your scholarship application (e.g. a letter from the Dept. of Social Protection).

Find out more



Dr. Laura McLoughlin
Department of Italian
NUI Galway

Tel: 091-492240



Fees for this course

EU (Total): €970 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €1,470 p.a. 2015/16

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.