|NFQ Level||Level 8|
|Fees||EU/EEA/Swiss State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.|
|CAO Points||2023: 400|
|CAO Points Range||2023: 400-625|
Arts (International) includes a year abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, the United States, Canada, South America or Asia, and is open to language and non-language students.
This four-year BA honours degree will give you the opportunity to enhance your learning experience and increase your cultural awareness by living and studying in another country. Students who select a language and opt to spend Year 3 in the country of that language will also be able to demonstrate an increased linguistic ability to prospective employers.
- Year 1 Modules: Students select four subjects* in Year 1 from the following, selecting no more than one from each group:
|Group 1||Asian Studies; Computer Science; History; Portuguese|
|Group 2a*||History of Art|
|Group 2b*||Applied Mathematics***; European Studies; Folklore; Gaeilge/Irish; Greek & Roman Civilisation|
|Group 3||Archaeology; Chinese Studies; German; Latin; Mathematics***; Mathematical Studies; Politics|
|Group 4||French; Sociology; Studies in Music|
|Group 5||Economics; English; Greek; Béaloideas; Religions & Global Diversity|
|Group 6a**||Geography; Italian|
|Group 6b**||Celtic Civilisation; Philosophy; Spanish|
*Groups 2(a) and 2(b): Students can combine group 2(b) History of Art with any subject from Group 2(a) in First Year only. Students can only study one subject from Group (2a) and 2(b) in Second and Third Year.
**Groups 6(a) and 6(b): Students may not combine Italian with Celtic Civilisation or Philosophy in Second Year. Students may not combine Geography with Celtic Civilisation, Philosophy or Spanish in Second Year.
*** Please note that these subjects will not be available as a subject option to first-year students from September 2025 onwards.
- Year 2 Modules: 60 credits in total, including LL2108 as a 5-credit core module; the remainder of credits are to be taken in two subjects continued from Year 1.
- Year 3 Modules: 60 credits spread between the two subjects continued from Year 2, or equivalent agreed programme of study at a partner university abroad.
- Year 4 Modules: 60 credits spread between the two subjects continued from Year 2.
Academic Programme Catalogue
See the Academic Programme Catalogue for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year-to-year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.
Expected lecture hours: Lectures are scheduled Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Each student’s timetable will differ depending on the subjects selected. In First Arts, each subject has 3-4 lectures per week. plus a one-hour tutorial. Language subjects will have additional weekly language laboratories. Even though you only take two subjects after Year 1, the workload is broadly similar. Each 5-credit module has approximately 24 one-hour lectures plus additional language laboratories for languages. Students take 60 credits-worth of modules each year.
Field trips: Archaeology and Geography also require you to attend field trips.
Study abroad: In Year 3 you will choose your university abroad in consultation with the programme coordinator. Costs e.g. flights, accommodation, transport etc. will be covered by the students. Students studying in Europe receive an Erasmus grant regardless of whether they study a language or not. The Erasmus grant is not means-tested. Students studying outside of Europe can apply for an International Scholarship from the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences in UCC.
Why Choose This Course
Placement or Study Abroad Information
You will spend one full academic year (September to May) as a registered full-time student at a university abroad. You will partake fully in all lectures, coursework and assignments. You will take examinations at that university and your results will be forwarded to UCC. You can choose in which country and in which of our partner universities in that country you wish to spend Year 3.
You will receive a lot of support in preparing for your year abroad, as well as support from staff at your host university and staff in UCC while on your year abroad. See our Go Abroad with UCC page here.
Skills and Careers Information
Adjusting to life in another country and its university system is a crucial formative experience for anyone. You will gain enhanced independence and maturity and you will demonstrate commitment and adaptability to future employers.
When you spend time in another country you also have a greater cultural awareness than those who don't. As with all BA degrees, employers are more interested in academic results and transferable skills than in which particular subjects were studied.
Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements
At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:
There are further subject-specific requirements for subjects on offer through the BA in Arts (International). You can find out details on subject-specific entry requirements in the Academic Programme Catalogue.
Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest, and must apply for and sit the Mature Student Evaluation (MSE). Approximately 13 places are available to mature applicants.
EU/EFTA/UK students presenting an alternative school-leaving qualification (e.g. A-levels or International Baccalaureate) or QQI FET course should visit our EU/EFTA/UK Applicants pages for further information.
Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such applicants are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
Fees and Costs
- Whether you are an EU or Non-EU student will affect the course fees applicable to you. See more information on EU Fees, Non-EU Fees, or Free Fees Status.
- 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.
- See the Fee Schedule to find out the course fee.
- Check out scholarships that may be available to you.
- Explore our Nurturing Bright Futures free online course (Module 5) to learn about managing your money as a student and budgeting for university life.
How To Apply
Irish and European (EU/EFTA/UK) Applicants
Apply via the CAO by 1 February. To apply for a place as a mature student, you must be 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the year of entry.