Languages and International Tourism (Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish) / Teangacha ┐ Turasóireacht Idirnáisiúnta (Sínis/Fraincis/Gearmáinis/Gaelige/Iodáilis/Spáinnis)

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

2021 CAO Points 298

Leaving Cert
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 (23+) are welcome. Further details at

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 new course 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 employable skills, for which demand can only grow. 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 could 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, national and tourist organisations. The language modules allow you to develop professional competence in one or more languages through a variety of linguistic, contemporary cultural and translation studies. The tourism modules will introduce you to the business of tourism and explore exciting fields such as sustainable tourism and enterprise development.

Study Abroad

You must spend Year 3 in the country of your major language. This involves a semester at a partner university and a supervised work placement in the tourism industry of that country

Work Placement

In Year 3 you complete a period of work experience in the country of your main 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                                                          

Language Modules:

  • 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 a Cultural Module (e.g. Culture, Image, Identity and Memory, Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Linguistics, World Cinema)

Tourism Modules:

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Heritage Culture and Tourism
  • E-Tourism
  • Tourism Law
  • Global to Local Tourism

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

Language modules

  • 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

Options subject to availability

Tourism modules

  • Current Tourism research
  • Global to local – the economic geography of tourism
  • Leadership
  • Marketing Strategy for Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure
  • Strategic Management – An Applied Approach
  • Tourism and International Development
  • Tourism Futures


The equal weighting of the tourism and language modules is a great balance in the course. The tourism modules offer a general scope, challenges and opportunities of the Irish and global tourism industry. From Sustainable Tourism and Strategic Management, students are encouraged to be critical and analytical through class discussions, group assignments and presentations. Combined with the intensive language modules, I was equipped to be able to complete an Erasmus semester abroad and a six month placement in Germany – all through German.  

Smaller class sizes in the language lectures means 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 compulsory Erasmus in the third year was of course a highlight in this course. However, while in Dublin, I really liked how a lot of our learning was done through practical tasks and not just theory (for example, doing interviews around the city, creating our own enterprises), and that some lecturers made sure to use current and relevant topics in their teaching.  As CIRSE is located in Vienna, Austria, the course primarily prepared me for speaking German. The optional Intercultural Studies module also helped in my understanding of the varying circumstances we all face, depending on our background and location. While on Erasmus in Vienna, I participated in several event planning modules which also gave me an introduction into how to organise 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

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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