This degree programme combines the study of languages with the history, politics, cultures and religions of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
You will gain in-depth knowledge of the current debates about the cultures, histories and religious affairs of the societies of the Middle East and their relationships with Europe. The course is designed to provide you with skills and knowledge in two languages and their regional histories and cultures. Students choose one of Arabic, Hebrew, and Turkish and one from French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Polish. With the exception of French, any of these can be studied at beginners level.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
4 Years Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
We currently have links with the following European universities where students can spend a semester or their third year: for Spanish: University of Granada, University of Seville; for French: Sciences Po; University of Geneva; for Italian: University of Naples; for German: University of Cologne, University of Hamburg, University of Vienna. Many of these universities also offer Middle Eastern languages and you may continue the study of your chosen Middle Eastern language while in Europe.
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- This degree programme combines the study of languages with the history, politics, cultures and religions of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
- Students spend third year abroad. Living and studying overseas provides skills and experience preparing you to work in a global context.
- Students choose one of Arabic, Hebrew, and Turkish and one from French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Polish. With the exception of French, any of these can be studied at beginners level.
- The course suits those interested in current debates about global issues and international politics.
How to Apply
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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
- Extra requests for certain courses
Minimum entry requirements
The minimum matriculation requirements refer to the basic standard of application you must meet to be considered. Anything less than this will be unsuccessful outright however meeting the matriculation requirements does not guarantee admission. The standard matriculation requirements are pass grades in English, Mathematics, a language other than English, and a full set of valid subjects for your examination system.
• 3 subjects at grade 5 at Higher Level;
• 3 subjects at grade 4 at Standard Level, to include English, Mathematics and another language.
• Present six subjects at grade C or above on GCSE or Advanced Subsidiary GCE (AS) papers. Two of these subjects must be at grade C or above on Advanced GCE (A-Level) papers.
TOEFL: Internet based 90 (with a written score of 21).
IELTS: (Academic version) 6.5 (no individual band below 6). For Dental courses: IELTS (academic version) 7 (no individual band below 7). For Clinical speech and language studies: IELTS (academic version) 7 (no individual band below 7)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59).
Duolingo: Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020
For Dental courses and Clinical speech and language studies: Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 120/160, dated since January 2020.
(Note: Trinity is accepting Duolingo English test on a temporary basis for 2020/21 entry).
Special Entry Requirements
Applicants must normally present at least one European language other than English or Irish in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).
• Leaving Certificate: H3 in one of French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.
• Advanced GCSE (A Level): Grade B in one of French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.
Where a student is presenting two languages they must attain at least the following grades:
• Leaving Certificate: H3 if presenting French or German. H4 if presenting if presenting Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.
• Advanced GCSE (A Level): Grade C in two of French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.
Graduates with a European and a Middle Eastern language have a competitive advantage when it comes to careers across a wide range of sectors. Many multinational companies are choosing Ireland as base for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Graduates of this course are well placed to continue their studies in international relations, languages, history, cultural studies or international business and marketing.