Entry Points (2020)

Course Overview

The BA (International) is a highly flexible four-year BA honours degree programme that offers you a wide range of two-subject combinations to degree level. In Year 3 of the programme you will study abroad at one of our partner institutions. This will give you the opportunity to enhance your learning experience and increase your cultural awareness by living and studying in another country. We have partnerships in Europe, the United States, Canada, South America or China, and the programme is open to language and non-language students.  You will pursue both of your degree subjects during the period abroad.

In addition to academic rigour, you will acquire transferable skills designed to make you career-ready and equipped for employment and further study in Ireland or abroad. Students who select a language and opt to spend year three in the country of that language will also be able to demonstrate increased linguistic ability to prospective employers.

Students registered for two languages are required to spend a minimum of twelve weeks in each of the countries/regions where the relevant languages are spoken. This will usually consist of an academic year abroad arranged by the University in one language and a summer placement arranged by the student in the other relevant country/region.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

Sept 2021

A Level Grades (2020)


Average intake


Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline


Year 1 Modules
Students select three subjects in Year 1 from the following, selecting no more than one from each group:

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4






     Celtic Civilisation




     Léann na Cumarsáide

     Modern Irish Culture (Music and Literature)



Group 5

 Group 6

Group 7 

     Sociological and Political Studies

     Information Technologies

     Léann an Aistriúchán






Year 2 Modules
60 credits to be taken in two subjects continued from Year 1.

Year 3 Modules
60 credits spread between the two subjects continued from Year 2, or equivalent agreed programme of study at a partner university abroad.  A limited number of work placements abroad will also be on offer.

Year 4 Modules
60 credits spread between the two subjects continued from Year 2.

Further Education

Further details on one-year taught postgraduate opportunities can be found here: www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taughtpostgraduate-courses/ 

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Arts graduates, and in particular language graduates, are in demand. Career destinations represent a broad range of opportunities from hospitality through to the creative industries, in addition to careers in media and communications. An Arts degree provides you with a unique combination of intellectual skills, knowledge and interpersonal competence that will make you highly adaptable in a constantly changing workforce.

Adjusting to life in another country and its university system is a crucial formative experience for anyone and In studying abroad, graduates develop skills identified as desirable from across multiple employment sectors. You will gain enhanced independence and maturity and you will demonstrate commitment and adaptability to future employers.  .

After completing your BA International, there are also many diverse postgraduate programmes offered by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.

Career with Arts - Languages

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Year 3 is spent abroad.  The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies have developed and established links across numerous European destinations (e.g. Erasmus Programme links). These are updated and extended on an annual basis across a wide range of destinations within Europe, including EU and non-EU countries. There are also a number of study/work placement opportunities in North and South America, the UK, and China.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,738 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,216 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy:
  €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

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