Undergraduate
BA (Hons) Gaeilge/ Irish

University College Cork

Course Overview


As well as acquiring the oral and written skills essential to any language degree, students who choose Gaeilge/Irish as part of their Arts programme will enjoy unique cultural enrichment.

You will develop informed opinions on Irish life and civilisation through an acquaintance with the various sources of information on our heritage and a familiarity with Irish literature from early times to the present. The Departments of Irish are uniquely positioned to provide an insight into the ancestral language, literature and culture of Ireland. For the students it can be a genuinely satisfying encounter: there is the sense of working in an original way with material that closely concerns themselves.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

36 Months Full-time (3 Years)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

Study abroad: If you are studying through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities abroad. We currently have links with universities in: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden Mexico, and the USA.

Work placement: If you study through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2.


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,080

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • With its strong connections to the different Gaeltachtaí of Cork, Waterford and Kerry, the Department of Modern Irish is uniquely positioned to maximise student potential in the spoken language.
  • The Boole Library, in addition to the Irish books in the Humanities section, holds a special collection of original Irish manuscripts, microfilms and rare books.
  • The range of research and teaching interests of the staff of the Department of Modern Irish, from medieval to modern times, from Irish manuscripts to modern literature, is unique in Irish third-level education.
  • Trips during term to Dún Chíomháin, UCC’s house near Ballyferriter in the West Kerry Gaeltacht, add a special social and cultural aspect to the students’ academic course.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

YEAR 1 ENTRY

  • Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
    A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
  • If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.

FOUNDATION YEAR ENTRY

  • Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better
Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing admissions@ucc.ie.

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.

IELTS: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes. 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5

TOELF: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes.

  • TOEFL 90: Listening 17; Reading 18; Speaking 20; Writing 17

Pearson PTE Academic: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes. 63 Minimum individual sections 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


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