I chose to study International Modern Languages at UCD because I really enjoyed learning French at school. I wanted the chance to continue studying French while also picking up other languages. International Languages at UCD was perfect for this as I was able to do a joint major in French and German while also studying Italian as my elective throughout the four years of my degree. I was really glad that beginners German and Italian were available, and I was extremely impressed by the systematic and focused approach that was taken to teaching these languages at beginner level. This allowed us to catch up to the level of the students who had already studied these languages at school and then continue to deepen our knowledge of the languages as they did. I also enjoyed the wide range of modules available to choose from relating to literature, history, culture and linguistics. I spent my Erasmus year in Besançon, France, which was definitely one of the highlights of choosing this degree. Now that I have graduated I am spending a year working as an English Language Assistant in Germany, as my Erasmus year really gave me an interest in living abroad , and I’m excited to now be living in Germany and putting the German I have learned during the past four years to good use.
I had always been interested in French language and literature throughout my middle and high school education. However, as an American, there existed cultural and geographic realities that I felt were holding me back. When the time came for me to pursue languages at a university level, I knew I wanted to take my study of European languages and literature directly to the source (that is, Europe!). The International Modern Languages program at UCD provides an excellent opportunity to live in an English-speaking, European country with continental Europe only a short flight away. The staff at the School of Languages and Literatures are knowledgeable and accessible, and small class sizes ensure that each student receives the attention they need. While enrolled in the International Modern Languages program at UCD, students can expect not only a personal and well-rounded education in languages and literatures, but also the priceless opportunity to travel and study abroad at a partner university for two full semesters.
I studied French and Mathematics at UCD, graduating in 2016. What the French department at UCD has been able to offer me both on an academic and personal level has been second to none. With diverse modules being offered, focusing on areas such as language, literature, history, culture, French in a global context and more, upon graduating you really emerge with a balanced understanding of not only the French language, but also of the people who speak it. I was granted an opportunity by the French department to spend a year on Erasmus exchange in Lyon, France, which was by far one of the highlights of my university experience. Nothing beats immersion when it comes to language learning, and doing so in an amazing city made it all the better. The experience allowed me to develop as a person and enrich my knowledge of both French language and culture. Following my graduation, I was selected by the French department to spend a year working as a lecteur in a university in Brest, France, which furthered again my linguistic capabilities. I am currently working as an accountant through French. The department has really given me what I needed to kick start my career in languages. The lecturers are very approachable and so many doors are open to you by studying here. I cannot recommend studying French at UCD enough.