Course Title
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Arts: Joint Honours (Languages)

Bachelor of Arts (BAJI)

  • CAO CodeDC293
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2019 369
  • Duration 3 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

Choose from a range of Arts subjects for a degree with multifaceted perspectives. You’ll examine areas central to contemporary society, including tradition, culture, theology, law, politics, communication, human-environment relations, and human behavior.

You’ll graduate with an honours degree in International Languages (DC293), this course is described in more detail in the About the Course tab above.

You’ll have the option to take a year abroad, extending your degree to four years and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) International.

Internship Year

You can opt to apply for a year-long INTRA work placement in Year Three. This will give you a unique opportunity to enhance your CV, increase your employability and experience the relevance of your study in the real world. This option is competitive and subject to the availability of placements. For more information on the INTRA programme at DCU, please visit

This programme will prepare you for a variety of careers and also provides a foundation for postgraduate study.

Why do this course?

  • Be part of a close-knit academic and social community
  • Diverse choice of subjects
  • Internationally recognised lecturers in their area of expertise
  • Become an independent and creative thinker
  • Opportunity to study abroad at one of our international partner institutions
  • Graduate with in-depth knowledge of your chosen subjects and a range of transferable skills

Student Voice

I picked the Bachelor of Arts programme because it meant I could study two languages at the same level. DCU was a great choice; being under the school of Fiontar meant the teaching quality was excellent and loads of facilities were available to me. I also had the opportunity to spend a year studying in France with the course which was great

Barra Ó Scannláin Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours)

About the course

International Languages (DC293)

Select International Languages + One other subject from:

Gaeilge | Politics


International Languages (French, German, Spanish): You’ll acquire proficiency in your chosen language and learn about culture, film, literary traditions and intercultural communication.

Gaeilge/Irish: You’ll learn about Irish culture and tradition as well as developing your practical language skills.

Politics: You'll study areas as diverse as international political economy, international development, the politics of climate change, politics of the Middle East, Chinese foreign policy, and conflict, security and peace.

View the current course structure →

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


Over the course of your three or four year degree you will gain valuable skills including the hugely important ability to think critically and analytically. Our Bachelor of Arts: Joint Honours graduates are flexible thinkers who are ready for the challenges of the modern workplace and many career options are wide open to them. With about 40% of graduate jobs open to any discipline (, the quality of your degree and your ability to communicate your experience will be of critical importance to your career success. Bachelor of Arts: Joint Honours graduates find employment in:

  • Advertising
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • International affairs
  • Irish language media and translation services
  • Journalist
  • Policy evaluation
  • Public Relations
  • Research


Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

French: Minimum of H4 in French

German: Minimum of H4 in German

Spanish: Minimum of H4 in Spanish


Additional requirement for Gaeilge:

Gaeilge: Minimum of O1 or H4 in Gaeilge


GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

French: GCE A Level C French

German: GCE A Level C German

Spanish: GCE A Level C Spanish


Additional requirement for Gaeilge:

Gaeilge GCE A Level C or GCE AS Level B or GCSE A in Irish


QQI level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

EU Transfer Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures click here

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download an application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

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Bachelor of Arts (BAJI) Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,679 €15,000