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European Studies

B.A. ; 4 years full-time ; 45 places ; CAO points: 530 (2020) ; CAO code: TR024

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EU Applicants

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

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

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Non-EU Applicants

  • European Studies 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2021
  • 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 1808

    european.studies@tcd.ie

    Website

    https://www.tcd.ie/european_studies/

    What is European studies?

    European Studies is a broad-ranging and integrated programme that offers students the chance to learn European languages, and also to study history and social sciences. This programme encourages students to think about our continent in all its complexity, and to analyse Europe’s cultures, history, and politics.

    European Studies: The course for you?

    If you care about Europe’s past and future, if you enjoy studying languages, and have an interest in history, politics, and the workings of contemporary society you will enjoy this course. European Studies is designed for students with a broad intellectual appetite, and who are interested in a range of disciplines and subjects.

    European Studies at Trinity

    European Studies at Trinity offers a unique and broad range of languages and subjects to study, and draws on the expertise and dedication of lecturers from a wide range of disciplines. Staff from different departments work together to deliver a fully-integrated programme that offers flexibility and choice for students. European Studies attracts students with strong potential from Ireland and abroad.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    The language skills and understanding of a variety of disciplines gained through European Studies allow our graduates to take up opportunities in a diverse range of careers. Recent graduates are employed in international organisations both in Ireland and abroad, in the EU, in the civil service and the diplomatic corps, in business, finance and marketing. Other popular career paths are in consultancy, teaching (in Ireland and abroad), translating and interpreting, journalism and tourism. Many students go on to do postgraduate courses.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    You will study two out of five available European languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, or Russian (German, Italian, Polish, and Russian can be studied from beginner level). Both languages are studied equally in the first two years, after which one becomes your Major, and the other your Minor language. As well as languages, you will study European history, the history of ideas, and social sciences (politics, economics, or sociology).

    First and second years

    In first year, you will study two chosen languages, the history of early modern Europe, an introductory module to the history of ideas, and you will take one introductory module in the social sciences (political science, sociology or economics). 

    In second year, you will continue to study two languages, study the history of Europe in the 20th Century, the history of ideas during the period of Enlightenment and Romanticism, and will choose from further options in history, politics, sociology, or economics.

    Third and fourth years

    The third year is spent at a university abroad studying through the language you choose as your Major language. 

    In the final year, language work focuses on your Major language while coursework for your Minor language concentrates mainly on comprehension and textual analysis. The core course in your final year is called ‘Modernity and Society: Ideas and Culture in Europe since 1850’. Additionally, you will choose options from a wide range of modules from history, political science, sociology, economics and a number of culture and literature options from the language departments.

    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, podcast creation. Language modules are traditionally assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

    This degree is also available within the Dual B.A. Programme between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University.

    There are QQI/FET routes available for this course. Please see www.cao.ie for details.

    Do you enjoy…

    Learning languages?

    Studying Europe’s past?

    Thinking about the current state of Europe?

    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. European students spend third year of study abroad in one of our partner universities.

    Exchanges have been established with history and political science departments in universities in France (Paris, Strasbourg, Grenoble, and Bordeaux), Germany (Hamburg, Tübingen, Freiburg), Austria (Vienna), Italy (Pavia, Siena and Milan), Poland (Kraków) and Russia (Moscow). The year abroad may entail additional expenses for students but support funding under the European Union’s Erasmus scheme partially offsets this (with the exception of Russia, outside the Erasmus scheme).

    What our Graduates Say 

    Eimhin O’Reilly

    "I have had a great opportunity to take a broad variety of disciplines in European Studies, and then to specialise in subjects of particular interest to me. Staff and students in European Studies at Trinity come from a range of countries and backgrounds which provides a great context for study. I was delighted to have the chance to spend my third year at a university in Spain. I am going to use the knowledge and skills I have gained from European Studies as I begin my career working abroad."

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    CAO Points Required

    530 (2020)

    Number of Places

    45

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR024

    Minimum entry points required are 530 (2020)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Students study two languages from French, German, Irish, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

    German,  Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish are available from beginner level. No student may study more than one language as a beginner.

    Note: It is not possible to combine Irish and Spanish.

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

    If candidates are presenting one language (other than English or Irish), they must attain a grade of H3 or higher.

    If candidates are presenting two or more languages, they must present at least one of French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and they must attain at least the following grades: Leaving Certificate H3 if presenting French and H4 if presenting any other language. 

    Leaving Certificate:

    H3

    If presenting French

     

    H4

    If presenting any other language

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade B

    In one language other than English or Irish.

    Or Grade C In two languages other than English or Irish  (as listed above)

    International Baccalaureate:

    HL Grade 6

    In one language other than English or Irish 

      HL Grade 5 In two languages other than English or Irish (as listed above)

    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

  • European Studies 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2021
  • 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 1808

    european.studies@tcd.ie

    Website

    https://www.tcd.ie/european_studies/