Skip to main content

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Languages

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Languages
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
442
Course code:
LM044
Duration:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr. Jean Conacher
Email: Tel:
+35361 234218
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus
 
 

Do you enjoy speaking languages and finding out about the countries in which they are spoken?

Are you also interested in language itself – why languages are different, why people in different places speak differently, how we communicate? Do you enjoy travelling and getting to know other cultures in depth?

Would you like to study three languages or combine your study of two languages with subjects like Marketing or Politics and International Relations?

Would you like to acquire specialist skills, such as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Technical Communication while you study languages?

If this sounds like you, then Applied Languages at UL could be the course for you.

Why Study Applied Languages at UL?

This programme aims to produce graduates with a high level of competence in at least two languages combined with a specialist knowledge of the societies in which those languages are spoken. The course also offers the unusual opportunity to take three languages to degree level. Graduates will also possess professional expertise in an area such as Marketing, Politics and International Relations, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Technical Communication.

Read about our students experiences

Cooperative Education in UL - The Perfect First Step to my Dream Career

"As a third year Business and French student, the obvious choice of destination for my Coop would have been Paris or Biarritz. Nevertheless, I set my sights on The Big Apple."

Read More

UL - The Ultimate Student Experience

"When I chose to do International Business, l really didn’t know what to expect from my time in UL, but I can say I’ve had a great experience here and the day I leave UL will be a sad one for me&

Read More

UL Helped Me Reach the Sky

"Back in Transition Year in school, my goal was to get into UL and then go to Boeing. For the next three years, my dream was slowly realised."

Read More

What you will study

Pathways and Electives for Applied Languages

For a general overview of Applied Languages and the various options available through the course, click here.

It is compulsory to study 2 of the languages below as core languages. All languages are available at an advanced level, with German, Japanese and Spanish also available at beginners' level.  

Along with your 2 core languages, you will generally have 1 additional core module each semester, as well as a professional elective stream and 1-2 literature/cultural elective modules. 

In Semester 1: 

For your professional elective stream, you must choose one of the following: 

You must also choose one Literature/Cultural elective from: 

  • Literature in one of the languages you are studying 
  • Introduction to New Media and Cultural Studies

What you will study

Semesters 1, 2 and 3: You will spend the first three semesters in UL, building a foundation in your two (or three) chosen languages and the societies in which these languages are spoken, as well as in Linguistics, which is the science of language, and in your elective subjects.

Semesters 4 and 5: You will spend semesters 4 and 5 away from UL. You will be on a work placement for the first semester (cooperative education) and you will be studying in a university for the second semester (external academic placement). Working and studying abroad gives you a fantastic opportunity to deepen your linguistic skills and cultural knowledge. Students generally divide their time between their two main languages; so if German and Spanish are your main languages, you could spend your cooperative education in Spain or Argentina for example and spend your external academic placement in a German-speaking country. If you are studying Irish, you may be working in the Gaeltacht or in Irish-medium schools and media organisations. Whatever your language combination, you will get plenty of advice and guidance about these choices and you will start planning them well in advance.

Semesters 6, 7 and 8: During semesters 6, 7 and 8, you will acquire a deeper understanding of the historical, political, economic and cultural factors that have shaped the societies in which your two languages are spoken, while also continuing the study of these languages to a high level of proficiency. You will also acquire specialised, advanced skills such as interpreting and translating. In addition, you have the opportunity in your last 3 semesters to continue the study of your third language/ politics and international relations/marketing, or you can choose to specialise in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or Technical Communication. You can also choose to study literature modules in your second language. In addition, you can choose from a variety of interesting electives in the areas of linguistics, media, sociology, literature and film.

A full year by year breakdown of modules is below:

Year 1 | Semester 1 Year 1 | Semester 2
Language, Culture and Society A: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish Language, Culture and Society A: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish
Language, Culture and Society B: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish Language, Culture and Society B: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish
Linguistics 1 Linguistics 2
Elective 1: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish OR Japanese OR Marketing OR Politics and International Relations Elective: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish OR Japanese OR Marketing OR Politics and International Relations
Elective 2: Literature in Language A OR B OR Cultural Studies and New Media Elective 2: Literature in Language A OR B OR Language and Culture
Year 2 | Semester 1 Year 2 | Semester 2
Language, Culture and Society A: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish Cooperative Education
Language, Culture and Society B: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish  
Language and Technology  
Elective 1 : French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish OR Japanese OR Marketing OR Politics and International Relations  
Elective 2: Literature in Language A OR B OR Research Methods 1  
Year 3 | Semester 1 Year 3 | Semester 2
External Academic Placement Language, Culture and Society A: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish
  Language, Culture and Society B: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish
  Elective 1 : French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish OR Japanese OR Marketing OR Politics and International Relations OR Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages OR Technical Writing
Year 4 | Semester 1 Year 4 | Semester 2
Language, Culture and Society A: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish Language, Culture and Society A: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish
Language, Culture and Society B: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish Language, Culture and Society B: French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish
Applied Languages Project Applied Languages Project
Elective 1:French OR German OR Irish OR Spanish OR Japanese OR Marketing OR Politics and International Relations OR Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages OR Technical Writing Spanish OR Japanese OR Marketing OR Politics and International Relations OR Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages OR Technical Writing
Elective 2: Literature in Language A OR B OR Cultural Studies OR European Cinema OR New Media Elective 2: Literature in Language A OR B OR Cultural Theory OR European Cinema OR Travel Literature

Frequently Asked Questions

French and Irish are only available at the advanced level (i.e. post Leaving Certificate or equivalent);: Spanish and German are offered at Beginners’ level and Advanced level. Japanese is offered at Beginners’ level only.

The term ‘Applied Languages’ is commonly used to describe degrees which produce graduates with a high level of proficiency in their chosen languages and an in-depth understanding of the culture and society where they are spoken, combined with an appreciation of how they might best be used in a range of professional contexts at home and abroad.

You must take 2 languages; you can take a third as an option. At least one language must be taken at the advanced level. The exceptional opportunity offered by this course to study three languages to degree level is one of its most attractive features for students who wish to pursue careers as language professionals.

As core languages you can choose two from French, German, Irish, Japanese and Spanish. French and Irish are only available at Advanced level (i.e. post Leaving Certificate or equivalent); the other languages are available at both Advanced and Beginners’ level. If you would like to take a third language, you can take any of the above.

From Year 1, a third language (as above), Marketing or Politics and International Relations. In Year 3, you can continue with these, or take up Technical Communication or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Yes! You will spend at least two six-month periods on work placement and study abroad. It is particularly important when learning foreign languages that you keep working regularly rather than “cramming” in the week before exams. It is also a good idea to take advantage of holiday periods to spend more time living in countries where your chosen languages are spoken. This is particularly important if you decide to take three languages. You might do a summer job or visit a language course – it’s your choice.

Entry requirements

CAO points history 442
Minimum grades

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 Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes

Subject requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum Grade H3 in French or German or Irish or Spanish or Japanese.

Additional considerations

Mature Students

We welcome applications from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme.. Go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€5,650

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€5,650

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€5,650

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€12,178
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€12,270

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
The Noel Ryan Scholarship
€2,000 per year for 4 years
1 per year

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing in different languages
  • Gathering, assessing and interpreting information
  • Leading and participating in discussions and groups
  • Adapting to new and changing surroundings
  • Working in teams and independently
  • Organising and working to deadlines
  • Developing opinions and proposing ideas
  • Reading text to pick out essential points

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
48% 24% 27% 0% 0% 33 36 2014
31% 34% 28% 3% 3% 29 30 2015
51% 11% 29% 0% 9% 35 46 2016
43% 38% 17% 2% 0% 42 58 2017
36% 20% 40% 4% 0% 50 56 2018
  • Communications, Media and Public Relations
  • Department Administrator
  • Events Coordinator
  • Professional Interpreter and/or Translator
  • Public Service, Including the Irish Foreign Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Software, IT and internet sector
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer

Graduate Profile - Kevin McCarthy 

Languages are my livelihood. Studying Applied Languages at UL allowed me to learn two completely new languages - Spanish and Japanese – as well as building on my French. Obviously, spending time abroad is an important part of the language-learning process, and my year abroad proved invaluable in this regard. I spent one semester at the Université d’Orléans in France, and then 6 months in Argentina on a Co-op placement organised by UL. While at UL, I also won a scholarship that enabled me to study in Japan.

With 24 official EU languages, language training is central to my job here in Brussels so I’m currently taking classes in Dutch.

If you have a passion for travel and language-learning, I can whole-heartedly recommend studying Applied Languages at the University of Limerick. The lectures are interesting and interactive, and the language-learning technology is top notch. Once you graduate with this degree, you’ll be able to travel the world. Who could ask for more?

Kevin currently works as a Conference Interpreter at the European Commission in Brussels.