Not sure what to choose?
We offers electives in fourteen world languages at levels ranging from absolute beginner to advanced. So, whether you’re starting from scratch, refreshing your memory or honing your skills, we have something for you! See the full list of modules on offer below.
Modules are offered at six different levels of proficiency, from Level 1 (absolute beginners) to Level 6 (advanced). Each one of these levels broadly corresponds to the widely recognised CEFR Levels for proficiency in language learning. If you are not a beginner, you have to choose a module at a level which best matches your language skills.
Choose from 14 languages:
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Why take a language elective with us?
Small group teaching
Native or near-native speaker teachers
Flexible class times
Increase your employability
Enhance your critical thinking skills
Wondering how to register?
UCD undergraduate students: to register for language electives on SISweb, please select 'Global Languages' from the drop-down menu under 'Subject Search' (the second search box) on the elective registration tab.
You can also enter the module codes above into the first keyword 'Search' box (LANG...).
Erasmus, Exchange or Postgraduate students: please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be registered (provided you have 5 credits available).
Each elective is worth 5 credits.
It is also possible to achieve a Structured Elective with some of our language modules. A Structured Elective means taking your elective credits in a structured manner over the course of your programme to form a recognised block of learning in a subject area amounting to a minimum of 15 credits – typically three 5 credit modules.
A Structured Elective will appear on your official UCD Transcript, and means future employers will see that you have a block of credits in a specific area.
Find out more here.