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4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program


  • There are over 570 million speakers of Spanish (out of which 480m are native speakers)
  • Spanish is one of the three most widely used languages in the world (alongside English and Mandarin).
  • Spanish is the official language of Spain and most countries in Latin America.
  • Spanish is the second language in the USA (by 2027 there will be more Spanish speakers in the US than in Spain).
  • Spanish is one of the official languages of the United Nations, the European Union and many other international bodies. It plays a vital role in international business, international relations, audio-visual media, and other areas.
  • Spanish is the key to the fascinating cultural heritage of Latin America and Spain.
  • The University of Limerick offers Spanish at both beginner and advanced levels.

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

  • Spanish for Beginners 1
  • Spanish Language and Society 1 (post leaving certificate)

Semester 2

  • Spanish for Beginners 2
  • Spanish Language and Society 2 (post leaving certificate)

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Socio-Political Issues in the Contemporary Hispanic World: Society, Culture and Representation
  • Spanish for Beginners 3
  • Spanish Language, Culture and Society 3 (post leaving certificate)

Semester 4

Cooperative Education Placement

Year 3

Semester 5

Off-Campus Academic Placement

Semester 6

  • Modern and Contemporary Spain
  • Indigenismo and Negrismo in Latin American Literature

Year 4

Semester 7

  • Spain, Europe and Beyond
  • Modern Trends in Hispanic Culture and the Arts

Semester 8

  • Media and Current Issues in the Spanish-Speaking World
  • Women's Narratives of Resistance in the Hispanic World

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

  • MA International Studies
  • MA Applied Linguistics International
  • MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Professional Master of Education (Modern Languages)

Career paths

Language graduates have the potential to get good jobs as, by studying Spanish, you acquire a whole range of skills that can be applied to a great variety of professions. In particular, you will have very good communication skills, which are highly valued by employers. Learning a language gives you another way of looking at, analysing and interpreting the world, so you are automatically more attractive to potential employers. As a result, language graduates can explore a variety of careers and professions, for example:

  • Teaching (Professional Masters of Education required)
  • Public Service (because you have shown language learning potential you may be recruited to learn another language)
  • Media
  • International Business (Marketing, Finance, Personnel)
  • Translating
  • Localising and Interpreting
  • Tourism

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University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is renowned for its graduate employability, dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement. With close to 16,000 students, including 3,000 international students, UL is...

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Why study at University of Limerick

The Universities commitment to graduate employability, UL`s dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement.  

The University of Limerick houses a broad range of world class and specialist equipment and facilities that give students and researchers an immersive and practical approach to their studies and research.

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University of Limerick

University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

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