BA (Hons) Spanish

University College Cork

Course Overview

In the Department of SPLAS you can study Spanish and the languages and culture of Spain, Portugal and Latin America through literature, art, theatre, film, music, history and media.

You do not need to have studied Spanish before coming to us. About half of our students are beginners when they start their studies. If you are studying Spanish as part of the BA (International) or BA (World Languages) you can spend Year 3 in Spain or Mexico.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Study abroad: If you are studying through the BA International, you will have the option of spending Year 3 studying at any one of our partner institutions in Spain or Mexico. These include:

  • Alicante
  • Barcelona
  • Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)
  • Burgos
  • Bilbao
  • Oviedo
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • A Coruña
  • Guadalajara, Mexico

We are the only university in Ireland to offer study abroad opportunities in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Scholarships are also available for study-abroad summer courses.
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

  • Spanish is the world's second most widely spoken language with an estimated 350 million speakers.
  • Speaking Spanish opens up a vast new world of rich cultures that can be seen in many walks of life including music, fashion, sports, cinema, literature and the arts.
  • UCC is home to the country’s only Centre for Mexican Studies and the Irish Centre for Galician Studies.
  • An increasing number of these are in the United States, as well as Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and elsewhere.
  • Studying Spanish can lead to exciting job opportunities in business, education, tourism and media.
  • We are also the only course in Ireland to offer Portuguese, Catalan and Galician (Gallego) alongside our modules in culture, linguistics and history of the Hispanic world.

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


  • 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.


  • 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

Students wishing to take Beginners’ Spanish must have obtained a Grade H4 in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in another modern continental language or Irish, Latin or Greek. Students wishing to take Non-Beginners’ Spanish must have obtained a minimum Grade H4 in Spanish in the Leaving Certificate Examination (or equivalent).

Career Prospects

Our degree equips you with the language, intercultural, communication and technological skills needed to compete in the global workplace. We provide intensive language training with cutting-edge technologies, including e-learning and other online initiatives, intensive laboratory training and skills training in translation and writing for professional purposes. We have recently refurbished our language training facilities to offer optimum conditions for student learning.
Our students have pursued successful careers in international business, teaching, marketing, translating, public service, tourism, recruitment, journalism and media. These opportunities are available to you at home, in Europe and across the Americas.