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Frequently Asked Questions

Please consult the Level Guide here to determine which level is the most appropriate for you. You can also access the module descriptors for our classes here. If you are still uncertain, you may be able to arrange a language consultation with one of our teachers to assess your level of the target language. Call into the centre for a language consultation: see here for Help Desk opening hours or email (opens in a new window)languages@ucd.ie.

If you are finding the level you are in too difficult you should first speak with your teacher. If you are unsure of your level or require further advice, please contact GLM Administration at (opens in a new window)languages@ucd.ie to arrange a language consultation. Once the registration window has closed it will only be possible to facilitate the changing of levels in exceptional circumstances. Please see the level guide for recommended module levels.

Call into the team for a language consultation, see here for Help Desk opening hours or email (opens in a new window)languages@ucd.ie. There will be a Help Desk in operation during orientation week and the first two weeks of the trimester in the Language Centre (1st floor Daedalus building) where you will be able to seek advice.

To ensure you do not lose any attendance marks in the event of missing class through illness or other extenuating circumstances, please provide GLM Administration with a Medical Certificate/supporting documentation upon your return. This may be a hard copy dropped into our office or a scanned version which can be e-mailed in along with any further information you may wish to provide us with. Alternatively, you may submit medical documentation/supporting documentation to your programme office who will in turn forward it on to us.

No. Students cannot attend any classes that they are not registered to.

You will need to contact your Programme Office regarding extenuating circumstances.

All Global Language Modules must be taken for credit and each module is worth 5 credits. It is not possible to audit (i.e. attending a class without registering for credit) any of our modules.

PhD students may register for our electives provided they have the approval of their supervisor. This is granted either via the online registration form submitted to UCD Registry or directly through SISweb if available. Please note that Global Language Modules must be taken for credit. 

Please consult with your graduate school office as to whether it is possible for you to register for credit bearing undergraduate electives. If your programme allows for you to register to undergraduate electives please call into the Language Centre for a language consultation, see here for Help Desk opening hours or email (opens in a new window)languages@ucd.ie.

Yes. If you have enough credits, and your timetable allows for it, you are more than welcome to do so.

No. Your teacher will provide you with all required material, either via handouts in class or through our virtual learning environment.

Your teacher will provide you with the time, date and location in advance of each exam component. 
The Mid Term will take place in Week 6.
The Aural Exam will take place in Week 11.
The Oral Exam will take place in Week 12, usually during regular class time.
The Written Exam timetable will be released along with the overall UCD end of semester exam timetable.

See here for relevant information if you have failed a module.

For your Week 6 Mid Term Class Test and your Aural Exam GLM Administration can arrange an alternative exam location for you, by contacting (opens in a new window)languages@ucd.ie. Please include your name, student number, language & level, day and time of class. For the Written Exam you will need to contact the UCD Exams Office at (opens in a new window)assessment@ucd.ie.

If you have a query regarding a GLM exam result or would like to view one of your exam papers please email (opens in a new window)languages@ucd.ie detailing your name, student number, name of module and what your query is.

Students who miss an exam component as part of their language elective may, in certain cases, be entitled to a rescheduled exam. This may be as a result of a verifiable timetable clash whereby a student has a lecture, seminar or exam at the same time as their language elective exam. It may also be on account of extenuating circumstances: UCD policy on what constitutes extenuating circumstances can be found here.
Students seeking to apply for a rescheduled exam must do by the end of the week in which the exam is held (week 6 or week 11) if it is an in-trimester exam. Exceptions to this rule will be made in cases where a student is absent from UCD on medical grounds. Students may apply online for a rescheduled exam here.

Supporting documentation will usually be necessary to apply for a rescheduled exam. Medical certificates in the case of illness, timetable screenshots in the case of a time conflict and other relevant documentation can be sent to us via (opens in a new window)languages@ucd.ie or else a hard copy(ies) can be dropped into our office, located upstairs in the Daedalus Building. Please include your name, student number and the day and time of your class with any documents you are submitting.

Completion of a reschedule request, including submission of supporting documents does not guarantee that a reschedule will be granted. We will examine each request on a case-by-case basis. Please note that rescheduled exams may be subject to a grade penalty relative to the original exam. Students will be contacted by e-mail to confirm if a reschedule is granted. They will be provided with the date, time and location of their exam. Students must make themselves available for the time they are allocated. Students will be given at least 48 hours notice of their new exam date.

All of our modules are reserved for full-time UCD students, whether undergraduate, graduate or exchange. As such, they must be taken for credit and are therefore unavailable to non-UCD students and staff members. However the Access and Lifelong Learning Centre do offer Life Long Learning language classes which are available to members of the UCD community.

If you have passed a Global Language Module and the next highest language level is taking place then you are welcome to take the module provided you have enough credits. If you complete at least 15 credits from a set of specified electives, you will be awarded an elective specialization. For more information on Structured Electives, see here.

No. Global Language Modules run concurrently with the UCD academic calendar and are only offered in Autumn and Spring trimesters.

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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