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I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

Our internships are a great chance to come for a short period to determine where your interests lie and taste the experiences. Starting out your career path with the EU gives you a really good foundation of insider knowledge of how the EU works and is so useful professionally, even if you don’t plan on working there forever.

It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.
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Language & European Studies

Course Code(s):  5M2073
QQI Award Code:  5M2073 Language and European Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2073
QQI Award Code 5M2073 Language and European Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This QQI Level 5 certificate course gives graduates the skills and knowledge to exploit a wide range of job opportunities with an International dimension. Careers exist in tourism, contact centres. This programme is ideal for those who wish to travel to maximise job and study options at home or abroad.

What will you Study?

European Studies 5N1444
Political Studies 5N1837
Intercultural Studies 5N0765
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Web Authoring 5N1910
Word Processing 5N1358
French or Spanish
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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ELESX 5M2073

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