Diploma in Italian

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The Diploma in Italian introduces s tudents 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.


Who is this course intended for?

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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Italian. 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 2016

ECTS weighting: 30

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: Mid-July 2016

NFQ level: 7

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

The programme aims to equip students with appropriate written and oral skills in Italian and will include the following six modules, three of which are taken in year 1 and a further three in year 2.


Programme content Year 1


Italian Language Level 1 Part 1


Italian Language Level 1 Part 2


Italian Culture and Language Level 1


Programme content Year 2


Italian Language Level 2 Part 1


Italian Language Level 2 Part 2


Italian Culture and Language Level 2

Applications and selections

This programme will run again in 2016-2017. Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information.


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


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 and written assignments during the semester and a written examination at the end of the semester.


This is a two-year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week.

Find out more

Dr. Anne O'Connor
Department of Italian
NUI Galway

Tel: 091 493794
Email: anne.oconnor@nuigalway.ie


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €970 per year
Non-EU (Total): €1,470 per year

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.


Fees for all Adult Learning and Professional Development courses

Current students

Annette Kearney

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!