Course Overview

The Diploma in French is designed for students with an interest in French to acquire a high level of communication skills in the language (oral and written) through a variety of practical language exercises.  Great emphasis is placed on continuous assessment and feedback to students.  Students will study major issues in the contemporary French speaking world, such as immigration, education, culture and politics.

Applications and Selections

Online applications will reopen in April 2018.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written examination at the end of the semester.

Basic computer skills will be an advantage. E-mail, internet and NUI Galway's online learning environment are in use throughout the course.

Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in French.  Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years.  Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date September 2018

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level


Mode of study

Classroom-based, Mondays (September 2018 intake), 6:30 - 9:30pm

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

The programme aims to equip students with appropriate written and oral skills in French. The French native teachers will use the communicative method of modern language instruction. He/she will gradually introduce the relevant points of grammar to the students and show how these are applied to written and oral structures. By the end of each week/term/and year students should be able to converse and comprehend a variety of topics and situations that are normally encountered in everyday situations in a contemporary Francophone environment.

Programme content Year 1

  • Introduction to French Language
  • French Language
  • Introduction to Civilisation, Culture and Society in France
  • Oral French - Parlons Français

Programme content Year 2

  • Improvers’ French – on écoute, on écrit et on parle 1
  • Improvers’ French – on écoute, on écrit et on parle 2
  • French Culture – connaître le monde francophone 2 Oral French – Parlons Français 2

Further Education

If you have successfully completed a Diploma in French and would like to develop your French language skills further, you can choose the following modules through the Continuing Professional Development route.

You will register as a ‘Continuing Professional Credit’ student and obtain a statement of examination results for modules successfully completed.  No separate award is provided; you will not obtain a BA in French.  If you are a NUI* BA graduate, you can add French to your BA subjects and receive a transcript of examination results to this effect (all modules listed above required).

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The ability to converse and write in French will be a clear advantage to those who work, or wish to work, in areas such as education, business, law, tourism and information technology, to name but a few.  Knowledge of French will offer enhanced employment opportunities both in Ireland and abroad.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Diploma is designed for those who have some knowledge of the language and is also suitable for the complete or quasi beginner.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€970 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,470 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2017_18 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

 Dr. Máire-Áine Ní Mháinnín

Discipline of French

Tel: 091 493397


Access the Student Launchpad for course outlines, timetables etc 

What Our Students Say


Claire Kavanagh |   Current Student

I registered for the NUIG Diploma in French, delivered in Ennis and graduated in 2014. The Continuing Professional Development mode of study has allowed me to study French as a single subject to level 8; I currently attend weekly evening lectures at NUIG. I am delighted that I am pursuing my goal. I absolutely love the variety between language skills, culture and literature on the course. Lecturers are extremely encouraging, flexible and approachable. After years of being a stay-at-home mother, studying at NUIG and the guidance from lecturers has given me the confidence to consider pursuing further studies to enable me to teach French.

John Moriarty |   Current Student

Just a brief note to say Merci Beaucoup. I am delighted to have attended NUI Galway to study for my Diploma in French. The support was outstanding. Thank you. I am heading to Nice shortly and hope to impress all and sundry.