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Modern Language (JH)

B.A. ; 4 years ; 265** places

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EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

Non-EU Applicants

  • History and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Irish and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Italian and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Mathematics and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Modern Language , Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Music and Modern Language, Closing Date: 01/FEB/2019
  • Philosophy and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Religion and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Russian and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Sociology and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Spanish and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 (0)1 896 1706

    sllcs@tcd.ie

    What is Modern Languages?

    Within the Modern Languages programme you study two modern European languages to degree level. 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). 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.

    What is Modern Language plus another subject? 

    In Trinity’s two subject 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. 

    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. It will enable you to acquire a high level of language competence and fluency, combined with an in-depth understanding of its culture and society. 

    Modern Languages: The course for you?

    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.

    Modern Language plus another subject: The course for you?

    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. 

    Modern Languages/Modern Language plus another subject @ Trinity

    Trinity was a pioneer in the teaching of European languages in the 18th century and we are the leading languages school in Ireland today, consistently ranked in the top 100 languages schools in the world. The emphasis of our programmes 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.  All of our courses are characterised by the integration of language learning and the exploration of the literatures and cultures, societies and histories of the language studied.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    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.

    Your degree and what you'll study

    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.
    For further details see the entries under the specific languages.

    Study abroad

    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 Honours pathway a third year of study abroad is mandatory (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 the 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.

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    Duration

    4 years

    Number of Places

    265**

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • History and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Irish and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Italian and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Mathematics and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Modern Language , Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Music and Modern Language, Closing Date: 01/FEB/2019
  • Philosophy and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Religion and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Russian and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Sociology and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Spanish and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 (0)1 896 1706

    sllcs@tcd.ie