What will I learn?

What is Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures?

The degree in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures gives students a unique opportunity to study the history, culture and one language of the Middle East (Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish) combined with a choice of a European language (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Polish) and its history and culture. In this course students explore diverse perspectives on Middle Eastern and European societies through a study of history, literature and identity politics. The skills and in-depth knowledge acquired in this course prepare students to engage critically with, and contribute to, current discussions about the cultures, histories and religious affairs of the Middle East and their relationship with European societies as well as Europe’s millennia-long history of engagement with this region.

Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures: The course for you?

Are you interested in Europe’s relationship with the Middle East and how to build future relationships? Are you searching for a course that gives you both academic breadth and allows you to specialise in a language of your choice? Are you interested in understanding European and Middle Eastern societies, their social problems and how these are rooted in both past and current engagements? The degree in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures may be the degree for you. It is a unique programme that combines the study of a European and a Middle Eastern language as well as exploring the histories and cultures of these regions. Unique to this course is the study of the cultural engagement between these two regions, which stretches back at least three millennia.

This course suits those who have an interest in history and culture, who enjoy studying languages and literatures, who wish to engage with current debates about global issues, who are fascinated by international politics, and who are ambitious and relish the challenge of fully engaging with a foreign culture by living and studying abroad for a year.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Graduates of this course will be well placed to work in international relations and international development, with multinational corporations and with NGOs as well as in advocacy, diplomacy, journalism, academia, secondary school education, the Civil Service and the institutions of the European Union. Speaking a European language fluently and having a level of proficiency in a Middle Eastern language gives graduates a competitive advantage when it comes to recruitment in multinational companies, many of which have Ireland as their European base. Graduates of this course will also be well placed to take up further study in languages, history, cultural studies or—because of their language skills and their cultural understanding—international business and marketing as well as international relations.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
€20,609.00 (US$ 23,906) per year
EU Student Contribution: €3,000, EU fee in total: €5,681; Please refer Trinity College Dublin website for more up-to-date fee details.
Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

February 2022

Venue

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

College Green,

Dublin 2,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed high school; A minimum composite score of 29. Some courses may admit with a composite score of 28; TOEFL: Internet based 90 (with a written score of 21). University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), First Certificate Grade A (CEFR Level C1); IELTS: (Academic version) 6.5 (no individual band below 6); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59).

For international students

Applicants must have completed a high school qualification equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. General matriculation requirements include pass grades in English, mathematics and a language other than English. Additional requirements may apply for some courses.

  • TOEFL: Internet based 90 (with a written score of 21).
  • University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English i.e. Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), First Certificate
  • Grade A (CEFR Level C1); IELTS: (Academic version) 6.5 (no individual band below 6)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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