UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Spanish

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    Subject available through multiple programmes

  • Subject Title


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    3 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution Charge + Capitation Fee: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    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.

Course Outline

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.

If you are studying Spanish as part of the BA (International) or BA (World Languages) you can spend Year 3 in Spain or Mexico.

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).

Year 1

Beginners Modules:

  • HS1101 First Year Spanish Language for Beginners (15 credits)

Non-Beginners Modules:

  • 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


Spanish Language


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.

See the College Calendar for additional information on Programmes and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.


Course Practicalities

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

I learned to assimilate new cultures, adapt to different environments and apply an openness to learning new professional skills since graduating.

Róisín Liston

BA Languages and Cultural Studies (Spanish), 2009

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I took up employment with Telefónica on their pan-European graduate programme, made possible by the skills I learned at UCC

Brian Foley

BCOMM International (Spanish)

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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:

  • Alicante
  • Barcelona
  • Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)
  • Burgos
  • Bilbao
  • Oviedo
  • 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.  

Work placement: If you study through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2. You can find out more here.

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.


Refer to CK101, CK108 and CK110.


Mature entry applicants

Find out about the mature entry requirements here.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such appicants 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 and refer to our International Office page for more information.

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

Refer to CK101, CK108 and CK110. Students choose Arts subjects when registering for first year.

EU Applicants

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over)

All interested mature applicants must make an application through the Central Applications Office (CAO). See the CAO Mature Applicants and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) pages. Visit our Mature Student Entry page for more information.


See our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)/Further Education and Training (FET) application process.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information.

All Applicants

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. Check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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