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Course OverviewThe Diploma in Spanish introduces students to the basic elements of Spanish and includes the study of a selection of social and cultural issues in the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. Knowledge of the Spanish language will be of benefit to all of those planning to visit Spain for business or pleasure. The ability to converse and write in Spanish will be a clear advantage to those who work, or wish to work in areas such as education, business, tourism and information technology, to name but a few. Knowledge of Spanish will offer enhanced employment opportunities both in Ireland and abroad.
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Applications closed for 2019
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Classes are held on Thursday evenings (6:30 - 9:30pm).
All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written examination at the end of the semester.
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 Spanish.
*The English language requirement does not apply to this language diploma.
2 years, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
Mode of study
This two year course has the following aims:
- To equip students with essential communicative skills in Spanish, both spoken and written
- To familiarise students with a range of contemporary social and political issues from the Spanish-speaking world
- To introduce students to the history and cultures of Spain and Latin America
Six modules are on offer throughout the 2-year course. Students must successfully complete 3 modules per year.
Course Content - Year 1
Introduction to Beginners’ Spanish – written and spoken
Beginners’ Spanish – written, spoken and aural comprehension
Introduction to Spain and Oral Spanish
Course Content - Year 2
Improvers’ Spanish 1 – written, spoken and aural comprehension
Improvers’ Spanish 2 – written, spoken and aural comprehension
Introduction to Latin America and Oral Spanish
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
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.
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What Our Students Say
Annette Flatley | Diploma Graduate
Before I started the part-time Spanish diploma in NUIG, I had no formal education in the language, apart from picking up simple phrases on trips to Spain. The diploma has been an amazing course, taking me from basic knowledge to writing essays and presentations using many different verb tenses and being able to converse on many topics, making my trips to Spain much more enjoyable. I left education many years ago and was convinced I would never have the ability to pass an exam at university level so excelling beyond all expectations in the diploma has done wonders for my confidence. All classes are conducted through Spanish by native speakers who made the learning process so enjoyable for students that we all become friends through the experience. Studying Spanish and South American culture has been extremely interesting and it feels great to be able to present such information through Spanish in front of a class. I would recommend the course to anyone, even those who have no previous knowledge of the language.
Kathleen O’Connell | Diploma Graduate
The Diploma in Spanish is a resounding success. I have just completed the Diploma in Spanish at NUI Galway. I had a few words in Spanish at the beginning, Hola and Adiós and now I can speak and understand a lot of Spanish. I made friends for life from the course, people I would never have met. I would highly recommend the diploma to anybody who has an interest in Spanish language and culture. I am looking forward to going to Spain and practising my Spanish. I enjoyed the interaction and close personal attention that the lecturers give to the students. They had a genuine interest in helping us all to do well.