German (Diploma)

National University of Ireland, Galway
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Course Overview

This two-year course will help students develop the skills to communicate successfully in the German-speaking world. Through the programme’s module on German culture, students will gain a deeper insights into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe's intellectual and economic life, as well as in its cultural history. In its language and culture elements, the course aims to excite students’ curiosity for other cultures since German is not only the official language of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, but is spoken in regions of France, Italy, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Poland and many other East European countries. Applications and Selections


Classes are held on Wednesday evenings (6:30 - 9:30pm).

All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written examination at the end of the semester.

The teaching method is mainly based on a communicative approach, which focuses on teaching language structures through conversation and exercises rather than on memorizing forms. This approach helps students develop productive skills (speaking and writing) as well as receptive skills (listening and reading), as vocabulary and grammar activities progress from controlled and form-focused to open-ended and interactive.  Whenever useful, grammatical structures are contrasted with parallel structures in English.

Students are encouraged to spend time at home incorporating language practice in their everyday routines and availing of the self-access language-learning facilities at the University.

Key Facts

Entry RequirementsEntry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in German.Additional Requirements

Course Outline

The course aims to equip students with appropriate written and oral skills in German. Much emphasis will be placed on teacher-student interaction, continuous assessment, written assignments and feedback to students. Students will begin with the basic elements of German grammar and vocabulary and will progress to the study of a selection of social and cultural issues in the contemporary German-speaking world. By the end of each term, students will have learned to converse on, and comprehend, a variety of topics in situations that are normally encountered in a modern German-speaking environment. There are six modules are on offer throughout the two-year programme. Students must successfully complete three modules per year.

Course Content - Year 1Beginners’ German continued – written, spoken and comprehensionIntroduction to aspects of 20th Century German, Swiss, and Austrian culture

Course Content - Year 2Intermediate German – written, spoken, and oral comprehension 2Contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss Culture and conversation

Why Choose This Course?

Career OpportunitiesGerman language skills are essential in many professions, such as international finance & marketing, careers as translators and interpreters and in a wide range of business sectors where companies are required to trade in international markets.Who’s Suited to This CourseThe Diploma in German is designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of the language and wish to gain German language skills for personal or professional reasons.Learning Outcomes€1,470 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit

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Charles Doyle |   Past Student

Taking the Diploma in German at NUI Galway was easily one of the best moves I’ve made, both personally and professionally. I’ve always had a keen interest in linguistics but sadly I had neglected German since school. As it turned out, when I went back to college to pursue postgraduate research, German proved quite essential for my line of work in Classical Philology. After one year of trying (and failing) to teach myself German, I decided the Diploma was the best option. I started the Diploma to develop reading comprehension in German but by the end of the course I had gained so much more. The method of teaching and learning allowed me to pursue the coursework at my own pace, in tandem with my own research and teaching. The regular practice gave me so much more confidence in speaking the language, and has opened up a whole new world of media, literature, film, music and culture. The Diploma has instilled a strong desire to travel and explore Germany.

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