4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program


We have an excellent track-record of helping our students acquire high-level language skills, and a sound knowledge of the culture and society of the German-speaking countries of Europe. This also offers students a window into wider European culture. Students develop great enthusiasm for their subject, not least because of the many opportunities for work placements in top Austrian, German and Swiss companies and the exciting possibilities of studying as an ERASMUS student at one of our many German-speaking partner universities. Our classes are typically taught through the medium of German, using up-to-date teaching methods and the latest educational technologies. You can also take advantage of one-to-one sessions with native speakers, discussion groups, movie evenings, and lectures and readings by visiting authors and academics. Our research expertise in language learning and German Studies (including GDR studies, crime fiction, exile and intercultural studies) feeds directly into our teaching. We have the only Centre for Irish-German Studies in Europe and are active in interdisciplinary research in the Centre for Applied Languages, the Centre for European Studies and the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies.

Admission requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • German for Beginners 1
  • German Language and Society 1: Intro to German Studies I (post leaving certificate)

Semester 2

  • German for Beginners 2
  • German Language and Society 2: Intro to German Studies II (post leaving certificate)

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Romanticism, its Background and Its Legacy
  • German for Beginners 3
  • German Language and Society 3: Living and Working in Germany (post leaving certificate)

Semester 4

Cooperative Education Placement

Year 3

Semester 5

External Academic Placement

Semester 6

  • German Language and Society 4: Germany Past and Present
  • German Literature and Culture: The 19th Century

Year 4

Semester 7

  • German Language and Society 5: Germany, Europe and Beyond
  • Aspects of 20th Century Writing in German

Semester 8

  • German Language and Society 6: Issues and Debates
  • Current Trends in German Literature and Culture

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition fee varies, please visit the university's website for more information.


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Continuing studies

  • Professional Master of Education (Languages)
  • MA German Language and Culture in Europe
  • MA International Studies
  • MA in Applied Linguistics International
  • MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Career paths

  • Teaching (Professional Master of Education required)
  • International Business
  • European and Irish public service
  • Arts and Cultural Institutions
  • Translating
  • Tourism

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University of Limerick

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University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

Phone no: +353 61 202414
Fax +353 61 213062

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