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Languages and International Tourism / Teangacha ┐Turasóireacht Idirnáisiúnta

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Languages and International Tourism (Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish)

2022 CAO Points: 295

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements 

A minimum H4 in one of Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian or Spanish.

Mature Applicants:

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Tourism continues to be one of the largest industries in the world. This exciting programme is unique in bringing together the study of tourism and languages. You will develop a high level of linguistic proficiency and cultural awareness and acquire business skills for tourism and other industries. 

On graduation, you will have a wide range of graduate skills for which demand is growing. You will have preferential access to careers in the fields of international tourism in both private and state sectors, as well as in international organisations. You may choose to work in heritage management and related cultural areas where strong linguistic proficiency is essential, or engage in academic research. You might also work on the market and consumer research conducted by international and national tourism organisations. The language modules enable you to develop advanced proficiency and professional competence in one or more languages through a range of language, literary, cultural and applied modules. The tourism modules introduce you to the business of tourism and explore exciting fields such as sustainability and enterprise development. 

Study Abroad Opportunities

You are required to spend your 3rd year in the country of your major language. This involves a semester of study at a partner university and a supervised work placement in the tourism industry of that country. 

Work Placement

In 3rd year you complete a work placement in the country of your major language. 

  • Recruitment
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Travel Consultancy
  • Marketing
  • Client Services
  • Content Editing

Examples of Employers:

  • Hostelworld Group
  • Crowne Plaza Hotels and Restaurants
  • Paradores of Spain
  • Arvato
  • Permanent TSB
  • Bank of Ireland

Language Modules:

  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 1A (Post-Leaving Certificate)
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 1


  • Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 1A
  • Or  Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 1B (Beginners)

Tourism Modules:                                                                    

  • Accounting for Tourism & Leisure
  • Digital 1 Fundamentals                                                                    
  • Introduction to Tourism & Travel
  • Management 1 - Tourism, Hospitality, Leisure & Events                  
  • Marketing for Tourism, Hospitality, Leisure & Events                           
  • Tourism Destinations                                                          
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2A
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 2 


  • Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2A
  • Or Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2B
  • Or Cultural Modules (e.g. Culture, Identity & Memory, Intercultural Studies,
  • Introduction to Linguistics, World Cinema) 

Options subject to availability 

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Visitor Attraction Management
  • Event, Leisure & Tourism Enterprise
  • Tourism & Technology
  • Tourism Policy, Planning & Regulation 
    International Human Resource Management 

Language and Tourism modules are chosen from the range on offer at partner universities. Choices and academic requirements are explained and agreed in advance of year 3. Students attend class and complete assessments and exams in the partner university.

Students complete an online language module with home university.

Students complete a professional work placement in country of Target Language study

  • French/German/Spanish/Irish/Italian for professional purposes
  • Language Industry Project 

Language Options: 

  • Chinese: Written Communication/Oral Communication/Cultural Studies
  • Current Affairs in French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish-speaking countries
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Literary and Critical Studies
  • Introduction to French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Professional
  • Translation/Interpreting and/or Writing for Professional Purposes 

Options subject to availability 

  • Current Tourism Research
  • Global to local – the economic geography of tourism
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Management – An Applied Approach
  • Tourism and International Development
  • Sustainable Tourism Futures 

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

The balance of tourism and language modules is a great feature of the programme. Tourism modules provide a great overview of the challenges and opportunities in the Irish and global tourism industry. In Sustainable Tourism and Strategic Management, students are encouraged to be critical and analytical in class discussions, group assignments and presentations. Combined with the intensive language modules, I was well prepared to complete an Erasmus semester abroad and a six month placement in Germany.  

Smaller class sizes in the language modules mean more individual attention from lecturers. In the final year, the capstone Language Industry Project required us to produce and present a 3,000-word written research project in the language studied. 

Melissa Bilbao, Graduate 2018, English Language Assistant, Switzerland 

The required Erasmus study abroad and work placements in third year were definitely highlights of the programme. However, while in Dublin, I really liked how a lot of our learning was applied and practical, not just theory! We learned, for example, by doing interviews around the city and creating our own enterprises. As my current role with CIRSE is located in Vienna, Austria, the course primarily prepared me for employment by developing my German language skills. The optional module, Intercultural Studies, also helped my understanding of how we might behave, adapt and adjust depending on our backgrounds, cultures and experiences. During my Erasmus year in Vienna, I also participated in several event-planning modules which gave me a good introduction to organizing large-scale events. 

Niamh Jones, Graduated 2016, CIRSE GmbH (Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe) 

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

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