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The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures contains six disciplines, ClassicsFrenchGaeilgeGermanItalian and Spanish, and also houses the subject Celtic Civilisation.

This unusual combination provides an exciting range of possibilities for study, extending from the ancient world to the most contemporary developments in European languages, literatures and cultures.  Additionally, it includes indigenous languages of Britain and Ireland, and initiatives in Chinese.  Singly or in combination, such disciplinary options equip graduates with excellent linguistic and critical thinking skills, giving them a distinct edge in a competitive employment market. Over 40 full time academic staff members teach and research in the School, with a student population of 1700 students. 

All School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures Disciplines


The School has 1600 students on the BA (Joint Honours) or BA International programmes, along with over 400 students taking a language as part of a Commerce, Law, Science or Engineering degree.  Two BA Connect programmes - BA with Children’s Studies and BA with Latin American Studies - also reside in the School.  We run a number of very successful evening diploma courses, and an online diploma in Italian, as well as an Evening BA in French.

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The School offers taught MA programmes in Classics, French, German, Italian, Nua-Ghaeilge and Spanish.  We also offer a taught MA in International Contemporary Literatures and Media.  The School has a strong commitment to postgraduate research and our students have been very successful in recent years in achieving IRC and NUI Galway (Hardiman) scholarships.  

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International Students

Our programmes attract students from all over the world including the USA, Brazil, China, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.  We also send large numbers of students to Europe, Canada, the USA and South America every year on student exchanges or work placements.

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