Diploma in German

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

This two-year programme will help students develop the skills to communicate successfully in the German-speaking world. Through the programme’s module on German culture, students will gain a deeper insights into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe's intellectual and economic life, as well as in its cultural history. In its language and culture elements, the programme aims to excite students’ curiosity for other cultures since German is not only the official language of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, but is spoken in regions of France, Italy, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Poland and many other East European countries.


Who is this course intended for?

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

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in German. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1 st 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, part-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 30

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: August 31st, 2015.

NFQ level: 7

Mode of study: Classroom-based, Thursdays from 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Course outline

The programme aims to equip students with appropriate written and oral skills in German. Much emphasis will be placed on teacher-student interaction, continuous assessment, written assignments and feedback to students. Students will begin with the basic elements of German grammar and vocabulary and will progress to the study of a selection of social and cultural issues in the contemporary German-speaking world. By the end of each term, students will have learned to converse on, and comprehend, a variety of topics in situations that are normally encountered in a modern German-speaking environment. There are six modules are on offer throughout the two-year programme. Students must successfully complete three modules per year.


Programme content Year 1

Introduction to Beginners’ German – written and spoken

Beginners’ German continued – written, spoken and comprehension

Introduction to aspects of 20th Century German, Swiss, and Austrian culture


Programme content Year 2

Intermediate German – written, spoken, and oral comprehension 1

Intermediate German – written, spoken, and oral comprehension 2

Contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss Culture and conversation

Applications and selections

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


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).


Maria McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway, Nuns' Island

T: 091 492144
F: 091 525051
E: maria.mchugh@nuigalway.ie



Requirements and assessment

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.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings over two academic years. The teaching method is mainly based on a communicative approach, which focuses on teaching language structures through conversation and exercises rather than on memorizing forms. This approach will help students develop productive skills (speaking and writing) as well as receptive skills (listening and reading), as vocabulary and grammar activities progress from controlled and form-focused to open-ended and interactive. Whenever useful, grammatical structures are contrasted with parallel structures in English.

Students are encouraged to spend time at home incorporating language practice in their everyday routines and availing of the self-access language-learning facilities at the University.

Find out more

Ms. Gabriele Behrens
Department of German
T 091 492276
E gabriele.behrens@nuigalway.ie

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.

Past student

Bernie Igoe

Two years ago I completed the Diploma in German course. The German tutor ignited and sustained my interest, not only in the german language, but in all aspects of German life and culture. It was a joy to attend the course. The tutor encouraged us to attend on-campus German films and drama. I still miss those classes!