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Why study Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures?

Our students want to go beyond the traditional study of languages and cultures by immersing themselves in multiple cultures. If you have found the study of history, current affairs, and the cultures and religions of other societies and individuals, this degree course would suit you. The acquisition of two languages prepares you for living and working across the globe and within international organisations.

Our degree course provides you with a wide choice of areas to specialise in from antiquity to the present. The examination of the past- and how it is understood in Europe and the Middle East is essential to gaining a better and more sophisticated understanding of our diverse societies today. We offer you the possibility of studying many periods and societies of the Middle East and North Africa as well as Jewish and Islamic cultures both within the region and also within Europe.

This course offers you new perspectives on the world, providing you with the tools and skills (and languages) to engage across a variety of cultures and societies. This cultural dexterity is in increasing demand as the workplace becomes more globalized with us networking as easily with someone in Paris, Madrid, Dubai or Cairo as we would with colleagues in Cork, Dublin or Donegal.

The research and communication skills which you will develop prepare you for the job market; for example, we ensure that you undertake a range of assignment types from reports, wikis, essays, presentations, group work.

The course in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures at Trinity is a new degree that is unique in Irish and UK universities. This is the only course that gives you the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of both European and Middle Eastern culture and society and, crucially, their long, complex and sometimes fraught interaction. The degree course is offered by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, which is ranked in the top 50 language schools in the world. Its staff members have international reputations as researchers and a feature of the School’s approach is to offer research inspired teaching, ensuring you have access to the most up-to-date ideas in the study of the Middle East and Europe. The emphasis on small group teaching guarantees that your educational experience will be interactive and collaborative.