About This Course
Subject available through multiple programmes
Student Contribution Charge + Capitation Fee: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Students wishing to take Beginners' Spanish must have obtained a Grade H4 in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in another modern continental language or Irish, Latin or Greek. Students wishing to take Non-Beginners' Spanish must have obtained a minimum Grade H4 in Spanish in the Leaving Certificate Examination (or equivalent). For Arts Entry requirements, refer to CK101, CK108 and CK110. See Requirements for full details.
In the Department of SPLAS you can study Spanish and the languages and culture of Spain, Portugal and Latin America through literature, art, theatre, film, music, history and media.
You do not need to have studied Spanish before coming to us. About half of our students are beginners when they start their studies.
Key aspects of the course:
- Spanish language at all levels
- Spanish as a global language
- contemporary Spanish narrative
- aspects of contemporary Iberian and Latin American culture and society
- pedagogy and teaching of Spanish
- the work of Cervantes and Golden Age writers
- Latino writers in the US from Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba
- Spanish and Latin American theatre and film, among others
You can also study Portuguese, Catalan, Basque or Galician (Gallego).
- HS1101 First Year Spanish Language for Beginners (15 credits)
- HS1102 First Year Spanish Language for Non-Beginners (10 credits);
- HS1030 Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Studies (5 credits) (for Non-Beginners Only);
As well as your language learning, you will work in small groups to prepare a written project on an aspect of Spanish or Latin American culture, including history, politics, language, literature, music, art, film or theatre.
Year 2 Modules:
Second Year Spanish Language Course (Ex-Beginners); Second Year Spanish Language Course (Ex-Non Beginners)
Culture and Society in the Spanish Golden Age: An Introduction; Dissertation; Business, Culture and Society in Spain and Portugal; Contemporary Writing from Spain; Contemporary Hispanic Theatre; Iberian Identities; Understanding Latin America; Basque Language and Culture; Catalan Language and Culture; Galician Language and Culture; Linguistic Aspects of Spanish; Art and Visual Culture of the Spanish Golden Age; US Hispanic Fiction; Latino Writers in Focus; Cinema and Identity in Spain and Latin America.
Year 3*4 Modules
Culture and Society in the Hispanic World; History and Society in Spanish Literature; Aspects of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language; Linguistic Aspects of Spanish as a Global Language; Stages of Exile in Hispanic Theatre; International Work Placement; Year Abroad Language Programme; Catalan Language and Culture; Galician Language and Culture; Truth and Fiction in Cervantes's 'Novelas Ejemplares'; Golden Age Drama; Gender, Violence and Power on the US-Mexico Border; Latin American Human Rights in a Historical and Cultural Context; Minor Disserataion
* BA International students spend third year studying in an approved foreign university in a country of the student's major language or subject. They will return to complete their final year in UCC in year 4.
Expected lecture hours: Contact hours will vary depending on levels and course combinations. However, you will always have about three hours per week of language classes if you come to us as a non-beginner and four hours per week if you are a beginner in Spanish. Most of the options are taught in one semester and involve two hours per week of contact.
Expected reading/lab/practical hours: Additional hours will be required for reading, class preparation, laboratory practice and group work.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have written examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including written and oral examinations, essays, group projects, presentations, learning journals and others.
Who teaches this course
Our teaching staff are internationally recognised experts in their field and include, among others, specialists on:
- the history and culture of Spain’s Golden Age
- Spanish and Latin American theatre
- Mexican culture
- Galician language and literature
- Hispanic cinemas
- Latin American cultural and social history
- contemporary Spanish poetry and narrative
- pedagogy and applied linguistics
You can find out more here.
Why Choose This Course
Spanish is the world's second most widely spoken language with an estimated 350 million speakers. An increasing number of these are in the United States, as well as Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and elsewhere. Speaking Spanish opens up a vast new world of rich cultures that can be seen in many walks of life including music, fashion, sports, cinema, literature and the arts.
Studying Spanish can lead to exciting job opportunities in business, education, tourism and media. UCC is home to the country’s only Centre for Mexican Studies and the Irish Centre for Galician Studies. We are also the only course in Ireland to offer Portuguese, Catalan and Galician (Gallego) alongside our modules in culture, linguistics and history of the Hispanic world.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Study abroad: If you are studying through the BA International, you will have the option of spending Year 3 studying at any one of our partner institutions in Spain or Mexico. These include:
- Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)
- Santiago de Compostela
- A Coruña
- Guadalajara, Mexico
We are the only university in Ireland to offer study abroad opportunities in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Scholarships are also available for study-abroad summer courses.
Skills and Careers Information
Our degree equips you with the language, intercultural, communication and technological skills needed to compete in the global workplace.
We provide intensive language training with cutting-edge technologies, including e-learning and other online initiatives, intensive laboratory training and skills training in translation and writing for professional purposes. We have recently refurbished our language training facilities to offer optimum conditions for student learning.
Our students have pursued successful careers in international business, teaching, marketing, translating, public service, tourism, recruitment, journalism and media. These opportunities are available to you at home, in Europe and across the Americas.
Mature entry applicants
Find out about the mature entry requirements here.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. 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.
To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.
Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.
Fees and Costs
Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130.
For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.
How Do I Apply
The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the Central Applications Office page for further information.
Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.