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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.

Go to Find Your Language Level to get more information about levels. 

Choose from 14 languages:

Why take a language elective with us?

Wondering how to register?

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...). 

For more tips on how to register to elective modules, please see here. For more information, please email: (opens in a new window)languages@ucd.ie 

Erasmus, Exchange or Postgraduate students: please email (opens in a new window)languages@ucd.ie to be registered (provided you have 5 credits available).

Each elective is worth 5 credits.

Structured Electives

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.

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What really worked for me was the small class size and I loved that the teachers were native speakers. I can't wait to take more language modules next year!
Ruth Colbert, Spanish for General Purposes 1, 2 and 3a, French for General Purposes 4, Italian for General Purposes 1, Science student
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I chose French 4 as I wanted to pick up from my school French and it worked a treat as the classes are small and conversational practice is so easy. I loved it!
Bronagh McMullan, French for General Purposes 4 & 5, Chemistry student

UCD Centre for English and Global Languages

Daedalus Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7900 | E: languages@ucd.ie