Course Overview

The Diploma in Spanish introduces students to the basic elements of Spanish and includes the study of a selection of social and cultural issues in the contemporary Spanish-speaking world.  Knowledge of the Spanish language will be of benefit to all of those planning to visit Spain for business or pleasure.  The ability to converse and write in Spanish will be a clear advantage to those who work, or wish to work in areas such as education, business, tourism and information technology, to name but a few.  Knowledge of Spanish will offer enhanced employment opportunities both in Ireland and abroad.

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 1 st 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 Spanish.  

Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1 st 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 FAQs section.

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

Limited number of places are available, early application is advisable

Closing 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

This two year programme has the following aims:

  • To equip students with essential communicative skills in Spanish, both spoken and written
  • To familiarise students with a range of contemporary social and political issues from the Spanish-speaking world
  • To introduce students to the history and cultures of Spain and Latin America

Six modules are on offer throughout the 2-year programme. Students must successfully complete 3 modules per year.

Programme content Year 1
Introduction to Beginners’ Spanish – written and spoken
Beginners’ Spanish – written, spoken and comprehension
Introduction to Spain and Oral Spanish

Programme content Year 2
Improvers’ Spanish 1 – written, spoken and oral comprehension.
Improvers’ Spanish 2 – written, spoken and oral comprehension.
Introduction to Latin America and Oral Spanish

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Knowledge of Spanish opens up employment possibilities in Europe, the USA and Latin America.  Former students have found employment in areas such as international business, banking, language and literature teaching, journalism, arts administration, development work, interpreting and tourism.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Diploma in Spanish is designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of the language and wish to gain Spanish language skills for personal or professional reasons.

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. Lorna Shaughnessy

Spanish Department
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 492229

Access the Student Launchpad (course outlines, timetables etc.)


What Our Students Say


Kathleen O’Connell |   Past Student

The Diploma in Spanish is a resounding success. I have just completed the Diploma in Spanish at NUI Galway. I had a few words in Spanish at the beginning, Hola and Adiós and now I can speak and understand a lot of Spanish. I made friends for life from the course, people I would never have met. I would highly recommend the diploma to anybody who has an interest in Spanish language and culture. I am looking forward to going to Spain and practising my Spanish. I enjoyed the interaction and close personal attention that the lecturers give to the students. They had a genuine interest in helping us all to do well.