Spanish is a truly global language, spoken by more than 400 million people around the world.
Taught through interactive language classes, Spanish is not only accessible in the initial stages of learning, it is also richly rewarding for those interested in the more advanced subtleties of linguistic study. In tandem with learning to communicate effectively in Spanish, a combination of lectures, tutorials and group work enables you to pursue your own readings of and reflections upon works by major authors. This will deepen your knowledge of Hispanic culture, as well as sharpening your critical faculties. Opportunities will be available to study Portuguese. We accept absolute beginners (taught separately in first year) and non-beginners.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
3 Years Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
We operate exchanges with several partner institutions, in Spain, Latin America and Portugal including: Deusto, Bilbao, Spain, Zaragoza, Spain, Valladolid, Spain, Salamanca, Spain, Castilla-La-Mancha (Ciudad Real), Spain, Seville, Spain, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago), Chile, Monterrey, Mexico, Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Montevideo, Uruguay, Lisbon, Portugal, Coimbra, Portugal. Places may be limited with preference given to those with better results.
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
€ 19,900 p.a.
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- We aim to train you in the four main skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- Spanish is taught in lectures and classes and there is an emphasis on independent study.
- A complementary objective is to focus on the analytical study and understanding of Hispanic literature and cultures. If suitably qualified, students have the opportunity to study for an Erasmus year in Spain, Latin America or Portugal.
- Assessments are varied and may include end-of-semester examinations, coursework, presentations and projects.
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
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.
• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
- A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.
• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this.
Special Entry Requirements
In First Year two streams are offered, one for absolute beginners and another for non-beginners. For the non-beginners level a minimum of H4 grade in Leaving Certificate Spanish or equivalent is strongly recommended.
Our graduates are flexible, articulate and eminently employable people who can enjoy careers in:
• Civil Service
• Banking and business
• European Parliamentary Assistant
• Policy & Research Officer
• EU Administrator
• Communications Manager