Certificate Courses

Study for a UCC Certificate with Italian

You may not want to take a full degree course, or you circumstances may not allow you to do so, but Italian can also be studied in the following courses leading to the award of UCC Certificates:

Certificate in Arts (Italian)

This is a one-year, evening course involving four hours of classes per week. Students take a beginner-level language course and a course introducing them to the culture and society of Italy since Unification in 1860.

IT1150 Italian Language (Beginner Level) [15 credits] - students will also have access to an online Computer-Assisted Language Learning program.

IT1250 Post-Unification Italian Culture and Society [5 credits]

The Certificate in Arts (Italian) will be offered on Thursday evenings in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Italian is a world language, a means of access to a rich cultural tradition and to a dynamic, modern industrialised economy.  The course will therefore provide the opportunity to learn the foundations of good modern Italian for practical use, involving intensive study of basic Italian grammar, commonly used vocabulary and idiomatic language. Students will also be introduced to key notions in post-Unification Italian culture and to the critical study of texts, images and film.

NFQ Level: Level 6, Special Purpose

Annual Fee: €700

For details regarding course content, contact Dr Mark Chu, Department of Italian: tel +353 (0)21 490 2335/2486; email MChu@italian.ucc.ie.

For information on applications, contact Marian Elders, ACE (Adult and Continuing Education) at UCC: tel. + 353 (0)21 490 4704; email m.elders@ucc.ie.

For further details, follow the links and, if you wish to discuss your options, contact the Head of Department, Dr Mark Chu (MChu@italian.ucc.ie).

Certificate in Languages

This a part-time programme taken over one or two academic years. It involves the study of two languages (from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) at levels from ab initio (beginner) to advanced. In determining the appropriate modules to be taken in each of the languages, recognition will be given for prior learning, which will also be referred to in advising of applicant’s general suitability for the programme.

The programme will broaden participants’ horizons by allowing them to engage with different cultures. It will also prepare them to play their part in the national strategy to up-skill the work force, with specific reference to the need for the linguistic skills which will contribute to export-driven economic recovery, and which are a specific regional skills requirement for the expanding Global Shared Services sector.  

The programme is designed to appeal to three main groups of students: (i) post-Leaving Certificate students who, in advance of embarking on their chosen degree programme, wish to gain a stand-alone qualification in languages, which will, for example, provide them with the language skills needed to exploit to the full the opportunities for Erasmus mobility in their degree programme: language skills and the maturity and independence acquired through study abroad are recognised by prospective employers as an important part of the educational experience; (ii) mature students who wish to improve existing language skills and/or learn new languages for personal development or career reasons; (iii) students currently registered on UCC degree programmes may apply for permission to take the certificate over two academic years, as an additional 10 credits per academic year (i.e. one language per year).

Programme Requirements:

Students take 20 credits as follows (10 credits each from two languages)

CHINESE: CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) 1, CH2001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) 2, CH3000 Chinese Language (Mandarin) 3 (10 credits per module)

FRENCH: FR0105, FR1101, Foundation Course in Written and Oral French, FR1105, FR1107, FR2101, Advanced French Language I, FR2105, FR2107, FR4101 Advanced Use of French (10 credits per module)

GERMAN: GE1101 Integrated Language Course, GE1103 Integrated Written and Oral Language Course for Beginners, GE2101 Integrated Language Course, GE2801 Integrated Language Course, GE2901 Integrated Language Course, GE3101 Advanced Integrated Language Course GE3801 Advanced Integrated Language Course, GE3901 Advanced Integrated Language Course (10 credits per module)

ITALIAN: IT1101 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian, IT1109 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian, IT2101 Intermediate Italian Language, IT3101 Advanced Italian Language (10 credits per module)

PORTUGUESE: PU1101 Portuguese Beginners Language (10 credits)

SPANISH: HS0028 Spanish Language (Beginner Level), HS0128 Spanish Improvers, HS1102 First Year Spanish Language for Non-Beginners, HS2101 Second year Spanish Language Course (Ex-Beginners), HS2102 Second Year Spanish Language Course (Ex non-Beginners) HS3001 Final Year Spanish Language (10 credits per module)

If you wish to discuss your options, contact the Programme Co-ordinator, Dr Mark Chu, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (m.chu@ucc.ie).

CILS - Certificate of Italian as a Second Language


CILS – a certificate of Italian as a second language – measures and assesses the level of competence a student has reached in Italian language. It is useful for those whose work and study puts them in daily contact with Italy, or simply for those who wish to evaluate their competence in the Italian language.

The certificate awarded by the Università per Stranieri di Siena is legally recognised as an official certification of linguistic communicative competence. The Foreign Ministry, through the various cultural institutions present abroad, coordinates examination centres across the world for those wishing to undertake the CILS examination.

DITALS - Teaching Italian as Foreign Language


DITALS - Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language Certificates


DITALS is a professional qualification offered by the Università per Stranieri di Siena for teachers (or prospective teachers) of Italian as a foreign language. DITALS certificates are graded according to levels of competence, allowing students to prepare for those levels which best suit their professional needs.

UCC Examination Centre for CILS/DITALS Certification

The Department of Italian, UCC, is the first Irish centre for the examinations for the CILS and DITALS awards of the Università per Stranieri di Siena.

CILS Exams - Academic Period 2012/2013

  • CILS exams in December 2012- the deadline for application to the Department of Italian, UCC is 29 September 2012.
  • CILS exams in June 2013 - the deadline for application to the Department of Italian, UCC is 15 April 2013 

Please complete the application form below and return to:

Aisling O'Leary, Department of Italian, University College Cork

Tel:  021-4902335 / Email:  a.oleary@ucc.ie

CILS Application Form

Department of Italian


First Floor Block A West, O' Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Ireland