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Higher Education
Language study at university

Studying a language at university will be fun and rewarding and offer you many new opportunities. With language skills you can live, study and work in another country and immerse yourself in new cultures.


Northern Ireland


The School of Arts, English and Languages is located in University Square, Belfast. The undergraduate language degree pathways offered at the School centre around French, Irish, Spanish and Portuguese, which can be studied as a single, specialist language degree or combined with a range of other subjects such as History, Social Anthropology, International Studies and Politics.

Courses including an element of language study usually involve spending time abroad studying or working in a country where the target language is the native tongue. The links below will provide you with the most up-to-date details about undergraduate language study:

French   Spanish    Spanish & Portuguese   Irish     English & Irish

The School offers a range of options for postgraduate language study and courses include: MA Languages, Interpretating and Translation, Irish-Medium Film & Script Production, Irish Translation and PhD. For links to more information click here.

The School of Management is located in Riddel Hall and is one of the top management schools in the UK and Ireland. The School offers alternative degree pathways combining one language with Business, Accounting and Economics. Courses of this type may involve a compulsory year abroad completing an international work placement in a region of the globe where the language being studied is the dominant tongue. The links below will provide you with the most up-to-date details.

BSc Honours International Business with French/ German/ Portuguese/ Spanish/ Mandarin

BSc Honours Accounting with French/ Spanish

BSc (Econ) Major Honours Economics with French/ Spanish

The School of Law is located in University Square, Belfast, and is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK with an impressive 8th overall in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2013. Undergraduate degree pathways include the option to study French or Hispanic Studies with Law, including one year of compulsory study at an approved School of Law in France or Spain.  The link below will provide you with the most up-to-date details directly from the School’s own webpages.

LLB Common & Civil Law with French/ Hispanic Studies

At the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, on University Square, you can study

International Studies with French/ Spanish

Social Anthropology with French/ Spanish/ Irish

The School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, located on Elmwood Avenue, offers students the opportunity to study Geography and Archaeology with a language. Undergraduate degree pathways include Geography with Extended Studies in Europe, which entails a year studying in a university in a French or Spanish –speaking country, or Archeology with French, Irish, Spanish or Portuguese. Similarly, these courses include one year’s study in a target-language country.

The links below will provide you with the most up-to-date details directly from the School’s own webpages.

Archaeology with French/ Spanish/ Irish/ Portuguese

Geography with a Language

The Language Centre at Queen's, based in the McClay Library, offers a wide range of language courses and options to students and staff at the university.It has online multimedia computer labs and a private study area. The Language Centre also offers a range of other services, such as translation, interpreting, tuition, online courses for businesses and tourism and cultural briefing. For more information visit the Language Centre website.

You can view the full prospectus of courses offered and individual courses available at Queen’s University.

Other Institutions


The Open University Northern Ireland provides students with flexible distance learning and may be the right option for you if you want to work and study at the same time. The Open University offers a range of language courses:

BA(Hons) in Language Studies

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

Certificate of Higher Education in Language Studies

You also have the option to study stand-alone language modules combined with a range of different subjects, depending on your strengths and interests. Levels range from beginners to advanced and languages offered are Spanish, French, Italian, German and Chinese/ Mandarin.

For information on studying languages at the Open University Northern Ireland, click here or phone 0044 (0)28 9024 5025.



You can continue to study Irish as part of a Liberal Arts course at St Mary's University College Belfast. 

The BA in Liberal Arts is a multi-disciplinary programme and students can study a range of disciplines from the Humanities and Social Sciences options that are offered at the College. Study will also involve focusing on a subject of their own choice, i.e. Irish and the course provides opportunities for international study over a period of four months during the second year of study.

For more information and to download a Liberal Arts brochure, visit the St Mary's website here.

Across the UK


Why not read the What Uni? Language Degree Guide, which will provide you with information on why you should consider a languages degree, what it will entail, as well as lots of links and information on specific language degrees at universities in the UK.

For more details about studying languages at a university in Scotland, click here to the visit SCILT website.

More Advice

Want some helpful local advice about university prospectuses and open days? Click here to visit the relevant NI Direct webpage.

To compare undergraduate course data from UK universities and find out about jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students, click here to visit the Unistats webpage.

The Which? University Guide here will also provide you with information on which course to choose, university profiles and much more.

For further details about language degrees in other UK visit the UCAS website by clicking here.

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Keeping options open


Perhaps you have left school and you have decided university is not for you. If are thinking about taking up a new language or continuing your language study, here you can find more information about the many language courses offered around Northern Ireland.

Choosing to study in a Further Education college provides you with more flexibility and choice and courses start throughout the year. To view details of full-time and part-time courses at all regional colleges throughout N Ireland, click here.

If you would like to find out more about Careers Services throughout Northern Ireland, click here.

Perhaps you have not studied for a while and are keen to get back into the classroom. Here you will find some more tips and advice from NI Direct to help you continue with Lifelong Learning.

Whether you are learning a language for fun, work or with the aim of gaining a higher level qualification, there are many other options available to you and below you will find links to websites detailing potential language lessons, including classes for French, Spanish, Italian, Irish and more.

Open Learning QUB      Ulster University      Stranmillis College Belfast       Culturlann, Belfast     Líofa



If you would like more general advice on studying English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses, click here to visit the NI Direct information page. Perhaps you are interested in learning English while you are here in Northern Ireland. Here are some links for you below to find out more about ESOL courses wherever you are:


INTO Queen’s University

International House Belfast

Belfast Metropolitan College

Belfast International School

Derry/ L’Derry

Foyle International

NW Academy

Armagh/Banbridge/ Kilkeel/ Lurgan/ Newry/ Portadown

Southern Regional College

Antrim/ Down

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