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Welcome to the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. We are committed to delivering high quality programmes that prepare our graduates for exciting and rewarding careers in a broad variety of fields. We also equip our graduates with the linguistic and intercultural competencies to be successful in an interconnected world and to make their mark as global citizens.

In 1776 Trinity College was the first university in the world to introduce the study of modern continental languages. Today our School is ranked 39th in the world in the 2016 QS University Rankings by Subject. Over the centuries we have produced generations of high-achieving graduates, including, in Samuel Beckett, one Nobel Prize winner. Graduates who combine advanced linguistic and cultural competencies with specialist skills are in very high demand across a range of attractive professional fields. In our globalized world this demand will only continue to grow.

We strongly believe in a student-centered and empowering approach to teaching and learning. We educate our students to be intellectually reflective, historically and culturally aware, critical and questioning, imaginative and socially responsible. We put a strong focus on small group teaching and pastoral care. Our teaching is research-led in order to enable deep learning and to be fresh and responsive to the challenges of our times.

We offer many attractive and innovative degrees across a wide range of languages, literatures and cultures at undergraduate and postgraduate level. These include European Studies, Literary Translation, Comparative Literature and – from 2017 – Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures. Our many international links and exchange programmes with the best universities in Europe and beyond along with a mandatory year abroad for most of our courses ensure that the lived experience and practice of intercultural dialogue is an essential element of studying languages at Trinity College.

Our internationally influential research makes significant and transformative contributions to cross-cultural knowledge and understanding in a range of fields relevant for navigating cultural diversity. We attract a high number of research students that get close supervision and thorough research training to prepare them for careers within and outside of academia.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our website. Please explore our programmes and staff profiles. Our website is designed to provide you with the most current and up-to-date information. However, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly. We will gladly provide you with any additional information and/or answer any questions that you may have.

Professor Jürgen Barkhoff

TCD Alumni and Friends