Diploma in Spanish

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The Diploma in Spanish introduces students to the basic elements of Spanish and includes a study of a selection of social and cultural issues in the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. Learning Spanish will clearly be of interest to students for a number of different reasons. Knowledge of the language will be of benefit to all of those planning to visit Spain for business or pleasure. The ability to converse and write in Spanish will be a clear advantage to those who work, or wish to work in areas such as education, business, tourism and information technology, to name but a few. Knowledge of Spanish will offer enhanced employment opportunities both in Ireland and abroad.


Who is this course intended for?

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

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Spanish. 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


Duration: 2 years, part-time. Classes take place on Thursdays from 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 30

Average intake: A limited number of places are available, early application is advisable

Closing date: August 31st, 2015.

NFQ level: 7

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

This two year programme has the following aims:

  • To equip students with essential communicative skills in Spanish, both spoken and written
  • To familiarise students with a range of contemporary social and political issues from the Spanish-speaking world
  • To introduce students to the history and cultures of Spain and Latin America

Six modules are on offer throughout the 2-year programme. Students must successfully complete 3 modules per year.

Programme content Year 1

Introduction to Beginners’ Spanish – written and spoken

Beginners’ Spanish – written, spoken and comprehension

Introduction to Spain and Oral Spanish

Programme content Year 2

Improvers’ Spanish 1 – written, spoken and oral comprehension.

Improvers’ Spanish 2 – written, spoken and oral comprehension.

Introduction to Latin America and Oral Spanish

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).

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.

This is a two year, part-time programme. Classes are held each week on Thursdays from 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

Find out more

Dr. Lorna Shaughnessy
Spanish Department
NUI Galway
T 091 492229
E lorna.shaughnessy@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.


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Past students

Kathleen O’Connell 

The Diploma in Spanish is a resounding success.  I have just completed the Diploma in Spanish at NUI Galway.  I had a few words in Spanish at the beginning HOLA and ADIOS and now I can speak and understand a lot of Spanish.  I made friends for life from the course, people I would never have met.  I would highly recommend the diploma to anybody who has an interest in Spanish language and culture.  I am looking forward to going to Spain and practising my Spanish.

I enjoyed the interaction and close personal attention that the lecturers give to the students. They had a genuine interest in helping us all to do well.