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Is this the right course for you?

Spain, currently one of Europe’s leading industrial nations, was in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the foremost Western power, and Spanish is the native language of over five hundred million people. In those countries – more than twenty – in which it is officially spoken, it is second only to English. Spanish is an exciting and growing area of study, having become the second language in the United States, an official language in the European Union, the African Union, and the United Nations, and the second most important language on the internet.

Why study Spanish at Trinity?

Trinity is ranked 49th in the world for Modern Languages (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015).

You will learn about the language and culture of Spain and Spanish America in a department with a very strong commitment to small-group teaching, within a friendly and supportive ethos and atmosphere.

What will you study?

Spanish at Trinity is taught by a variety of methods to equip you with a comprehensive range of skills in the accurate, fluent and sensitive understanding, reading, as well as use of the spoken and written language. If you are a beginner, the language teaching (five hours weekly) offers a realistic opportunity for you to reach the same standard within a year as those who have studied Spanish previously.

The department aims to develop the skill of textual analysis through close and careful reading, together with the organisation and expression of ideas in verbal and written form, and the deepening of analytical and critical skills.


The primary focus of the first and second years is to establish and consolidate your competence in understanding and using the Spanish language. In first year, ab initio students (at beginner level) attend five hours of language; non-beginners have four hours. Both attend one hour of literature and one hour on contemporary Spain. In second year all students attend three hours of language classes and four hours of literature per week.

In the first two years the course covers three main areas:

  • Language: grammar and syntax, text analysis, translation, and practice in speaking and listening.
  • Contemporary Spain: an introduction to history, socio-political issues and current affairs.
  • Literature: close study of a varied range of modern Spanish and Spanish-American literary texts.


You will continue with language tuition, taking three one-hour classes each week:

  • Writing, text analysis, translation and spoken Spanish;
  • Grammar, syntax and vocabulary.

Following on from second year, in third year you will take one-semester courses in the literature of the Spanish Renaissance, and modern Spain and Spanish America, together with Spanish linguistics. The format is one lecture and one tutorial per week. Students are encouraged to give oral presentations on the texts followed.


If you elect to study Spanish in fourth year, you will work more independently and with significant freedom of choice. As well as studying Spanish language, the theory and practice of translation, and medieval Spanish literature, you will choose two other subjects from a range of special topics which include contemporary Spanish prose fiction, Spanish history and cultural politics, linguistics and Cervantes. You will also research and write a dissertation under the supervision of a member of the department on a topic that is of special interest to you.


Essays throughout each year on your courses on literature and culture are combined with continuous assessment, and written and oral examinations.

Study abroad

Students are encouraged to spend a year in Spain on an Erasmus exchange at one of the universities with which we have close associations, such as Granada, León, Salamanca, Sevilla, Oviedo, and Barcelona. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in a Spanish-speaking country prior to taking your final exams.


The main career opportunities are in education, journalism, the diplomatic service, business administration, banking, publishing, interpreting, translation, advertising, public relations, digital communication, and the visual media generally. Some recent graduates have gained EU placements in Brussels.

A substantial proportion of students engage in further study, particularly diploma and masters’ courses. Ample opportunities exist in several universities, both in the U.K. and in Ireland, with Trinity’s M.Phil. in Literary Translation and Comparative Literature proving popular. A number of undergraduates have also chosen to pursue M.Litt. and Ph.D. research degrees.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 1257 / 3496

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC3 In a language other than English
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C In a language other than English
Other EU examination systemsSee

Student Profile

Isabel Cobb

My experience has been challenging and extremely rewarding. The lectures have been interesting and varied – the passion and knowledge of each lecturer was very evident. My Erasmus year at Salamanca University was a demanding but truly enjoyable experience. In my final year the process of research and writing of the dissertation has been a major highlight.