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Modern Language (JH)

B.A. ; 4 years full-time ; 265** places ; CAO points: 331-445 (2018)

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Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

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Non-EU Applicants

  • History and Modern Language
  • Irish and Modern Language
  • Italian and Modern Language
  • Mathematics and Modern LanguageClosing Date: 30/JUN/2020
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Modern Language
  • Music and Modern LanguageClosing Date: 01/FEB/2020
  • Philosophy and Modern Language
  • Religion and Modern Language
  • Russian and Modern Language
  • Sociology and Modern Language
  • Spanish and Modern Language
  • Advanced Entry Applications

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

    Click here to view Modern Languages options

    Click here to view Modern Language and another subject options

    The Modern Language options will appear in a drop-down menu on the CAO Application. For example, if you are applying for French and German, please select CAO Code TR667 French + Modern Language and pick German from the dropdown list. Or, if you are applying for French and Spanish, please select CAO Code TR672 Spanish and Modern Language and pick French from the dropdown list.

    ** Places for Modern Languages and Modern Languages and a subject

     Modern Languages Related Courses:

    TR024 European StudiesTR040 Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures

    Modern Language plus another subject Related Courses:

    TR024 European StudiesTR040 Middle Eastern and European Languages and CulturesTR085 Business studies and FrenchTR086 Business studies and GermanTR087 Business studies and RussianTR089 Business studies and PolishTR090 Business studies and SpanishTR039 Computer Science and LanguageTR018 Law and FrenchTR019 Law and German

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 (0)1 896 1706

    sllcs@tcd.ie

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees

    In an increasingly interconnected and multicultural world, advanced language skills and intercultural competencies will equip you for a wide variety of careers and will give you a distinct competitive advantage. Language competence is one of the biggest skills gaps in the Irish labour market and language graduates are highly sought after in a variety of sectors.

    We invite you to study languages in Trinity’s School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. It is a leading language school in Ireland and we are consistently ranked in the top 100 languages schools in the world.

    Modern Languages at Trinity

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

    You will study both of languages equally at entry level. The Trinity Education system will allow you to maintain both languages equally throughout the 4-year programme (Joint Honors), or offer flexibility for you to decide which of the two languages you choose as your major or your minor subject from the third year on.

    What is Modern Language plus another subject?

    In Trinity’s Joint Honors 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.

    At entry to Modern Language and another subject, you will study both of the two subjects equally. The Trinity Education system will allow you to maintain them both equally throughout the 4-year programme (Joint Honors), or offer flexibility for you to decide which of the two subjects you choose as your major or your minor subject from the third year on.

    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.

    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. The emphasis of our approach 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.

    Do you enjoy…

    • Getting to know and understand other places, people and cultures?
    • Learning languages to a level where you are competent, confident and fluent?
    • Engaging with the cultural, linguistic, social and political diversity in the world and acting as a mediator between cultures?

    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.

    Modern Languages/Modern Language plus another subject at Trinity

    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. Throughout your studies you will experience an intensive and exciting encounter with the people, the culture and the society of the language you study. You will gain deeper familiarity with it through the study of its literature, culture, history and politics, and you will gain competencies in understanding and successfully navigating cultural differences. You will also acquire crucial andhighly valuable transferable skills such as thinking analytically and independently.

    Pathways

    The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors.

    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 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. All students complete a Capstone – an independent research project – in their final year. 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 Honors pathway, study abroad is mandatory in third year (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 their 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 Options

    Click here to view Modern Languages options

    Click here to view Modern Language and another subject options

    The Modern Language options will appear in a drop-down menu on the CAO Application. For example, if you are applying for French and German, please select CAO Code TR667 French + Modern Language and pick German from the dropdown list. Or, if you are applying for French and Spanish, please select CAO Code TR672 Spanish and Modern Language and pick French from the dropdown list.

    ** Places for Modern Languages and Modern Languages and a subject

     Modern Languages Related Courses:

    TR024 European StudiesTR040 Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures

    Modern Language plus another subject Related Courses:

    TR024 European StudiesTR040 Middle Eastern and European Languages and CulturesTR085 Business studies and FrenchTR086 Business studies and GermanTR087 Business studies and RussianTR089 Business studies and PolishTR090 Business studies and SpanishTR039 Computer Science and LanguageTR018 Law and FrenchTR019 Law and German

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    CAO Points Required

    331-445 (2018)

    Number of Places

    265**

    Minimum entry points required are 331-445 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees

    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
  • Irish and Modern Language
  • Italian and Modern Language
  • Mathematics and Modern LanguageClosing Date: 30/JUN/2020
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Modern Language
  • Music and Modern LanguageClosing Date: 01/FEB/2020
  • Philosophy and Modern Language
  • Religion and Modern Language
  • Russian and Modern Language
  • Sociology and Modern Language
  • Spanish and Modern Language
  • 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 (0)1 896 1706

    sllcs@tcd.ie