German, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English, German
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
Our teaching involves not only the language, but also the arts and culture of the German-speaking countries, equipping graduates with valuable intercultural understanding and key transferable skills.


The German programme from University College Dublin is taught in lectures, classes and through independent study and recommended reading. Project work or group work may also feature. Most modules have one major assessment component such as an essay or an examination paper, plus one or more smaller continuous assessment components.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

German is a passport to global careers. Our graduates have found careers in areas including:

  • Advertising/Business/Finance
  • Civil/Diplomatic Service
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Teaching
  • Translating
  • Academia & Research
  • Careers in the EU

A BA in German is an ideal pathway to graduate study. Our graduate programmes include the MA in Modern Languages, MA in Applied Linguistics, MA in European Regional & Minority Cultures and MLitt in German. We also offer supervision for doctoral research in a range of specialised areas.

International Study Opportunities

The additional year abroad for the BA International can be spent at one of the following of our partner institutions:

  • Bayreuth
  • Berlin (FU)
  • Bozen (South Tirol)
  • Erlangen
  • Graz
  • Konstanz
  • Leipzig
  • Munster
  • Munich
  • Potsdam
  • Vienna
  • Wurzburg

Places may be limited and preference will be given to those with better results.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, University College Dublin is a large (20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      (4 Years, including one year of study abroad)

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Core language and introductory literature modules are studied each year, as well as a range of modules in literature, history, translation and culture. Examples of modules include:

First Year

  • German Language
  • German Language for Beginners
  • Introduction to German Literature
  • Introduction to German Linguistics & Translation

Second & Final Year

  • German Language (including Intensive German for Ex-Beginners)
  • 19th Century German Literature
  • Modernist German Literature
  • Translation English-German & German-English
  • Grimms' Tales and Adaptations
  • German-speaking Enlightenment
  • Contemporary German Prose
  • Europe: Conflict & Co-operation

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade A):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Leaving Certificate: Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, a third language & three other recognised subjects. Two of the six subjects must be minimum HC3.

Special Entry Recommendation: In first year, two streams are offered: one for students with no previous exposure to German; and another for those who hold a recommended HC3 or better in Leaving Certificate German, or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The State pays the tuition costs for eligible full-time, non-repeat undergraduate, EU/EEA/Swiss confederation students.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.