What will I learn?

This course is aimed at people hoping to return to the job market with modern language and intercultural communication skills along with competencies relating to managing global relationships, ICT, translation and localisation skills.

It offers advanced specialism in one language (from Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian and French) and 10 credits of an additional foreign language from the same range. The programme will equip students with the necessary language competence, as well as intercultural skills, to be able to do business with markets of particular strategic interest to Ireland, both in Europe and beyond. By the end of the course, students in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German and French will have reached a minimum of CEFR level B1.

It is a 60 credits course which comprises of the following:
- Advanced Language Skills in either French, German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese (20 credits)
- Additional 10 credits in a second language chosen from French, German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese (10 credits)
- Translation and Professional Communication Skills (5 credits)
- ICT and Localisation Skills (5 credits)
- Mobility, Pluringualism and Intercultural Communication in a Globalized World (10 credits)
- Work Placement (10 credits)

Skills and Careers Information

Provision of teaching in Portuguese and Spanish will facilitate the expansion of Irish companies into expanding global markets: this, in turn, will generate further demand for competence in these languages.

Competence in German is highly sought after by employers and Germany remains the most important trade partner of Ireland along with the UK. French remains in high demand from our industry partners, a point recently highlighted by two important stakeholders, VMWare and VoxPro.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€13,000.00 (US$ 15,223) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2021


University College Cork

College Road,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have High School Diploma PLUS SAT 1/ACT. Consideration is given to the High School Grade Point Average (GPA) and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants are expected to have completed 4 years of English, at least 3 years of Math, (4 years recommended) at least 2 years of History/Social Science and a language and at least 2 years of a laboratory science subject (4 years recommended). Though not required for all programmes, SAT Subject Tests, Honours, Advanced Placement, and Early College Experience courses are considered, where they benefit the applicant. Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 High School Diploma PLUS New SAT: Minimum 1140 or ACT: 23. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL A minimum score of 600 (250 computer based).

For international students

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

IELTS: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5

TOEFL 90: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing 17

Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C

Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B

Pearson PTE: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59

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


About this uni

UCC is an award-winning, world-class teaching and research university with over 170 years of history.

  • Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide
  • Cork is rated as a top ‘cultural & creative city’
  • Over 3,000 international students
  • Over 90% of graduates secure employment after graduating