Within the Modern Languages programme you study two modern European languages to degree level. It is the most intensive exposure to languages and cultures that Trinity College has to offer. You can choose between French, German, Irish, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Apart from French and Irish all languages can be studied from both advanced and beginners level. (See table for all available combinations). Our programmes will give you the opportunity for full immersion into the languages and cultures that you study. They will enable you to acquire a high level of language competence and fluency, combined with an in-depth understanding of the main cultures and societies in which these languages are spoken.
Studying Italian opens the door to a new world. Italy holds 60% of the world’s art treasures, has been home to some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers (Petrarch, Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Gramsci), is among the world’s places boasting fabulous food, fashion and design, and has a dynamic economy: 3rd in the eurozone and 8th (by nominal GDP) in the world. In this course, you study Italy’s language as well as its rich history and culture: literature, cinema, art, even opera. You do not need to have studied Italian before: most students of Italian start as beginners. Having fluent Italian is extremely beneficial for the job market.
College Link > TR670 - Italian/Modern Language
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Foreign language options with this course
There are options to study a language as part of this course. The following option(s) may be selected:
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
Foreign language skills and intercultural competencies constitute one of the biggest skills gaps in the Irish labour market and language graduates are very sought after in a wide variety of careers. Dublin-based headquarters of Google, Facebook, Linkedin and others are seeking the advanced language and intercultural skills our graduates acquire, and there is currently an acute shortage of language specialists in the Irish secondary school system. Our graduates have exciting careers in a wide range of fields such as cultural and creative industries, translation and interpreting, journalism and the media, publishing and arts administration, diplomacy and tourism, marketing and finance, as well as second and third level teaching or the civil service. Many go on to take postgraduate courses in areas such as business or law for which a languages degree is an excellent background. The combination of a more general languages undergraduate degree with a more specialised or professional postgraduate qualification has proven to be highly attractive to employers.