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.

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

Who Teaches this Course

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.

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.

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2015

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

August 31st, 2015.

Next start date

September 2015

NFQ level


Mode of study

Classroom-based, Thursdays from 6.30pm - 9.30pm

ECTS weighting




PAC code

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

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

German language skills are essential in many professions, such as international finance & marketing, careers as translators and interpreters and in a wide range of business sectors where companies are required to trade in international markets.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€970 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€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.

Find out More

Ms. Gabriele Behrens
Department of German
T 091 492276