Bachelor of Arts in European Studies From University of Limerick

Program Overview

There is no ‘typical’ European Studies student. The main qualities that you need for success in the field are;
 

  • A healthy curiosity about how modern societies function
  • An interest in the European Union, and the issues facing the Union and its member states
  • a taste for languages other than your own
  • an interest in other cultures and
  • an ability to think independently and argue coherently for your ideas.


Neither do you have to know what you want to ‘be’ when you leave college in order to choose European Studies. The degree offers a very broad entrance into the worlds of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences.

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  Location

LimerickIreland

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  Course Duration

48 Months

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  Tuition Fee

 12,800

 Score

IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

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The BA in European Studies offers you a core European Studies programme and a wide degree of choice between options in European History, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Marketing, Law and European Literature & Film, as well as the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of French, German, Irish / Gaeilge and Spanish languages and cultures. Language teaching takes place in small groups and many of the teachers are native speakers of the languages concerned. Language skills are further developed during the period of study abroad at one of our partner universities on the continent, completion of which is mandatory for students of the BA in European Studies.

The BA in European Studies is a four-year programme. Six semesters, including all of the first and final years, are spent in UL. A further two semesters, in the spring of Year 2 and autumn of Year 3, are spent off-campus on the Study Abroad programme and on the Cooperative Education programme, which provides work experience.

In year 4, students continue with Language 1 and the Final Year Project. They are otherwise free to choose from a range of modules available in the participating subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

 

  • Introduction to European Studies


Language 1 (choose 1)
 

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


Students Choose 3 Electives:

Language 2 (choose 1)
 

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Irish

 

  • History: Sources for History    
  • Economics: Microeconomics    
  • Law: Principles of Law    
  • Politics/Public Admin: Introduction to Politics and International Relations 1    
  • Marketing: Microeconomics    
  • Sociology: Introduction to Sociology    


European Literature and Film (choose 1)
 

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


Semester 2
 

  • European Studies Workshop
  • Language 1 (choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


Students Choose 3 Electives:

Language 2 (choose 1)

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Irish
  • History: Early Modern Ireland
  • Economics: Macroeconomics
  • Law: Comparative Legal Systems
  • Politics/Public Admin: Introduction to Politics and International Relations 2
  • Marketing: Macroeconomics


Sociology (choose 1)
 

  • Introduction to Sociology 2
  • Gender Sociological Perspectives


European Literature and Film (choose 1)
 

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


Semester 3    
 

  • Comparative European Politics    


Language 1 (choose 1)
 

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


Students Choose 3 Electives:    

Language 2 (choose 1)

 

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish 
  • Irish


History (choose 1)
 

  • Reformation & the Modern State: Europe in the Sixteenth Century
  • Warfare and Diplomacy: Europe in the Seventeenth Century
  • Economics: The European Economy    
  • Law: Law of the European Union 1    


Politics/Public Admin (Choose 1)
 

  • Sub-national Government in Europe
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Government and Politics in Ireland
  • Marketing: Marketing    
  • Sociology: Sociology of the Welfare State    


European Literature and Film (Choose 1)
 

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


Semester 4
 

  • Cooperative Education

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:

Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
     
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
       
  2. Citizenship
     
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
       
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
     
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:
 

  • Collections Agent
  • Commercial Clerk
  • Customer Care Agent
  • Customer Service
  • European Commercial Assistant
  • Language Assistant
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Recruitment Agent
  • Sales Representative
  • Secretarial Assistant
  • Trade Development Executive

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