|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (BA)|
In an increasingly interconnected and multicultural world, advanced language skills and intercultural competencies will equip you for a wide variety of careers and will give you a distinct competitive advantage. Language competence is one of the biggest skills gaps in the Irish labour market and language graduates are highly sought after in a variety of sectors.
We invite you to study languages in Trinity’s School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. It is a leading language school in Ireland and we are consistently ranked in the top 100 languages schools in the world.
Within the Modern Languages programme you study two modern European languages. It is the most intensive exposure to languages and cultures that Trinity College has to offer. You can choose between French, German, Irish, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Apart from French and Irish all languages can be studied from both advanced and beginners level. (See table for all available combinations).
You will study both of languages equally at entry level. The Trinity Education system will allow you to maintain both languages equally throughout the 4-year programme (Joint Honors), or offer flexibility for you to decide which of the two languages you choose as your major or your minor subject from the third year on.
In Trinity’s Joint Honors entry routes, you can study a Modern European language with a wide variety of other disciplines across the Humanities and beyond. The languages to choose from are French, German, Irish, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Apart from French and Irish all languages can be studied from both advanced and beginners level (see table for all available combinations). Combining a language with another discipline makes eminent sense in terms of academic fit and career prospects, and is one of the most attractive study combinations you can choose.
At entry to Modern Language and another subject, you will study both of the two subjects equally. The Trinity Education system will allow you to maintain them both equally throughout the 4-year programme (Joint Honors), or offer flexibility for you to decide which of the two subjects you choose as your major or your minor subject from the third year on.
Studying a modern European language alongside another subject will give you the opportunity for full immersion into this language and its culture, while at the same time studying a different subject you are interested in.
Our programmes will give you the opportunity for full immersion into the languages and cultures that you study. They will enable you to acquire a high level of language competence and fluency, combined with an in-depth understanding of the main cultures and societies in which these languages are spoken. The emphasis of our approach is on interactive and communicative small-group teaching, often provided by native speakers, and our students benefit from a great deal of individual attention and support.
Do you enjoy…
Studying two languages at Trinity will enable you to develop your skills in these to a level where you can communicate confidently and competently on virtually any subject and in every situation. Throughout your studies you will experience an intensive and exciting encounter with the people, cultures and societies of the languages you study. You will gain deeper familiarity with them through the study of their literature, culture, history and politics, and you will gain competencies in understanding and successfully navigating cultural differences. You will also acquire crucial and highly valuable transferable skills such as thinking analytically and independently.
Choosing a modern language plus another subject allows you to combine an interest in languages with an entirely different academic discipline, and will give you intensive exposure to both of your subjects, their methodologies and specificities. You will find that very often the topics as well as the approaches of your two subjects will intersect and complement each other very well.
Studying a modern language at Trinity will enable you to develop your skills to a level where you can communicate confidently and competently on virtually any subject and in every situation. Throughout your studies you will experience an intensive and exciting encounter with the people, the culture and the society of the language you study. You will gain deeper familiarity with it through the study of its literature, culture, history and politics, and you will gain competencies in understanding and successfully navigating cultural differences. You will also acquire crucial andhighly valuable transferable skills such as thinking analytically and independently.
The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors.
Foreign language skills and intercultural competencies constitute one of the biggest skills gaps in the Irish labour market and language graduates are very sought after in a wide variety of careers. Dublin-based headquarters of Google, Facebook, Linkedin and others are seeking the advanced language and intercultural skills our graduates acquire, and there is currently an acute shortage of language specialists in the Irish secondary school system. Our graduates have exciting careers in a wide range of fields such as cultural and creative industries, translation and interpreting, journalism and the media, publishing and arts administration, diplomacy and tourism, marketing and finance, as well as second and third-level teaching or the civil service. Many go on to take postgraduate courses in areas such as business or law for which a languages degree is an excellent background. The combination of a more general languages undergraduate degree with a more specialised or professional postgraduate qualification has proven to be highly attractive to employers.
In each of the languages you have typically 8-12 contact hours per week, which roughly divide equally between language learning and studying the culture, literature, history and society of your languages. In beginners languages the emphasis on language is higher in the first year. From year to year students have an increasing choice in respect of which areas to focus on and specialise in. All students complete a Capstone – an independent research project – in their final year. For further details see the entries under the specific languages.
A year or a semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of a student’s Trinity experience, and immersing oneself in the language and culture is one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency and of gaining deeper intercultural understanding.
For those who choose the Single Honors pathway, study abroad is mandatory in third year (except for Irish). For students combining the study of two modern languages we can facilitate a semester abroad in each, and all our students are strongly encouraged and supported to spend a year or semester in their third year in one of our many partner universities. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in each of the countries the language of which you are studying during the course of the degree programme. We have long-established and well-working Erasmus partnerships with top institutions in the countries where our languages are spoken.