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Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures

B.A. ; 4 years full-time ; 12 places ; CAO points: 477 (2018) ; CAO code: TR040

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Non-EU Applicants

  • Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

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    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1451

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/langs-lits-cultures  |  www.tcd.ie/nmes

    What is Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures?

    The degree in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures gives students a unique opportunity to study the history, culture and one language of the Middle East  (Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish) combined with a choice of a European language (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Polish) and its history and culture. In this course students explore diverse perspectives on Middle Eastern and European societies through a study of history, literature and identity politics. The skills and in-depth knowledge acquired in this course prepare students to engage critically with, and contribute to, current discussions about the cultures, histories and religious affairs of the Middle East and their relationship with European societies as well as Europe’s millennia-long history of engagement with this region.

    Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures: The course for you?

    Are you interested in Europe’s relationship with the Middle East and how to build future relationships? Are you searching for a course that gives you both academic breadth and allows you to specialise in a language of your choice? Are you interested in understanding European and Middle Eastern societies, their social problems and how these are rooted in both past and current engagements? The degree in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures may be the degree for you. It is a unique programme that combines the study of a European and a Middle Eastern language as well as exploring the histories and cultures of these regions. Unique to this course is the study of the cultural engagement between these two regions, which stretches back at least three millennia.

    This course suits those who have an interest in history and culture, who enjoy studying languages and literatures, who wish to engage with current debates about global issues, who are fascinated by international politics, and who are ambitious and relish the challenge of fully engaging with a foreign culture by living and studying abroad for a year.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Graduates of this course will be well placed to work in international relations and international development, with multinational corporations and with NGOs as well as in advocacy, diplomacy, journalism, academia, secondary school education, the Civil Service and the institutions of the European Union. Speaking a European language fluently and having a level of proficiency in a Middle Eastern language gives graduates a competitive advantage when it comes to recruitment in multinational companies, many of which have Ireland as their European base. Graduates of this course will also be well placed to take up further study in languages, history, cultural studies or—because of their language skills and their cultural understanding—international business and marketing as well as international relations.

    Your degree and what you'll study

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    In your first year you will choose one European language and its corresponding area studies course. In addition, you will take a module focused on a topic related to the study of Europe, e.g., Introduction to the History of Ideas and a module with a focus on the Middle East, e.g., Introduction to the History of the Middle East/ Ancient Near East and Jewish/Islamic Civilisations. There will also be a module that deals with the relationship between the Middle East and Europe, e.g., Cultural Encounters Between the Middle East and Europe. In your second year, you will continue to study your chosen European language and will begin to study a Middle Eastern language of your choice. As in first year, some of your modules will focus on Europe, others on the Middle East, and there will be a module that examines the historical and cultural encounters between Europe and the Middle East. 

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    The third year is spent abroad in a university in Europe or in the Middle East. Your final year offers you many different options and focuses on both languages (or only the European language if you choose) and continues to deepen your knowledge of European and Middle Eastern cultures and the engagement between them. 

    CAPSTONE

    In your final year of study you will undertake a Capstone project - an independent research project which comprises an in-depth investigation of a specific area of scholarship. The Capstone project is a catalyst to enable you to reflect on your learning from the programme as a whole and to demonstrate your ability to think independently, communicate effectively, develop continuously and act responsibly as you transition to the world of work or to postgraduate studies.

    ASSESSMENT

    At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods – essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. Language modules are traditionally assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

    Study Abroad

    A year or semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of a student’s Trinity experience, and immersing oneself in the language and culture is also one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency when you are studying a language. Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures students have a compulsory third year of study abroad in a partner European or Middle Eastern university.  

    We currently have links with the following European universities where students can spend their third year: for Spanish: University of Granada, University of Seville; for French: University of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, University of Geneva; for Italian: University of Naples; for German: University of Cologne, University of Hamburg, University of Vienna. Many of these universities also offer Middle Eastern languages and you may continue the study of your chosen Middle Eastern language while in Europe. You may also choose to spend a semester in the Middle East.

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    Duration

    4 years full-time

    CAO Points Required

    477 (2018)

    Number of Places

    12

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR040

    Minimum entry points required are 477 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Applicants must present at least one European language other than English or Irish in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).

    Leaving Certificate

    H3

    In one of French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade B

    In one of French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.

    Where a student is presenting two languages they must attain at least the following grades:

    Leaving Certificate

    H3

    If presenting French or German.

     

    H4

    If presenting Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade C

    In two of French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.

     

    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

  • Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1451

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/langs-lits-cultures  |  www.tcd.ie/nmes