Course Overview

The 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.

Applications and Selections

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*This course is now full & is no longer taking applications for 2020.

Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.

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.

Notice: with the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to move classroom-based courses and blended learning seminars to a fully online teaching mode for Semester 1 of the academic year 2020/21. The Semester 2 teaching schedule will be reviewed over the coming months in line with government restrictions and social distancing guidelines. This decision has been made to ensure the safety of students & staff and our desire to continue to provide upskilling and professional development opportunities for all. If you have any queries regarding the format of online delivery mode, please contact your course administrator for further details.

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 Spanish.

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

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

26th September

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Course Outline

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

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Knowledge of Spanish opens up employment possibilities in Europe, the USA and Latin America. Former students have found employment in areas such as international business, banking, language and literature teaching, journalism, arts administration, development work, interpreting and tourism.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Diploma in Spanish is designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of the language and wish to gain Spanish language skills for personal or professional reasons.

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Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€990 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,490 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 2020_21 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Dr. Lorna Shaughnessy

Spanish Department
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 492229



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.


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