Course Overview

The Diploma in Italian introduces students to the basics of the Italian language and assists them in developing their language competence in relation to the common situations of everyday life. The course concentrates on all four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and uses authentic material, carefully selected, to provide a gradual introduction to the structures and functions of the language.

In addition, a cultural module will introduce students to aspects of contemporary Italian culture including the main trends in Italian art, cinema, history and lectures on a variety of topics from different regions in Italy to wine-tasting sessions. On completion of the programme, students acquire a very high level of oral and written communication skills in the Italian language for personal, travel or professional purposes.

Mode of Study: Classroom-based

Applications and Selections

Applications are now closed for 2021. Applications for part-time courses will reopen in April 2022.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Applications System. This course is listed under Adult Learning & CPD Courses Application.

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 Monday evenings (6:30 - 9:30pm). All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays and written assignments during the semester and a written examination at the end of the semester.

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 Italian. 

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

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

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Classroom Based Learning

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Course Outline

The course aims to equip students with appropriate written and oral skills in Italian and will include the following six modules:

Course Content - Year 1
Italian Language Level 1 Part 1
Italian Language Level 1 Part 2
Italian Culture and Language Level 1

Course Content - Year 2
Italian Language Level 2 Part 1
Italian Language Level 2 Part 2
Italian Culture and Language Level 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to give people enhanced language skills whether for personal, travel or professional purposes. At the end of the course, students will have an additional transferable skill with the knowledge of a new language. They will also have improved communication ability both in written and oral tasks, and a recognized university qualification in the Italian language.

Who’s Suited to This Course

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

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Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€969 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

€934 p.a.

Fees: Student levy

€35 p.a.

Fees: Non EU

€1,469 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 2021_22 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Barbara Landi
Department of Italian
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 493979


What Our Students Say


Annette Kearney |   Diploma Graduate

I have really enjoyed the evening diploma course in Italian run by NUI Galway. Not only did it serve to provide me with a university qualification, but it has given me a useful introduction to the Italian culture and ways of conversation not to mention a much appreciated network of fellow Italy enthusiasts in Galway. Run over two years, it has enabled me to learn an additional language at a pace which is manageable in a busy work and family environment. The modules were taught an enjoyable manner by lecturers who were most professional and encouraging. I'd highly recommend it!


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