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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
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Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
BA (Joint Honours) / BA International
BA(Joint Honours)/BA International (Spanish)
Visit the University’s Courses page for information on how to apply, entry requirements, career options and assessment. The Erasmus programme provides opportunities to study abroad as part of the BA International.
The BA International is a four-year programme involving the study of at least one modern Continental language to degree level and a one year period of study in a country in which that language is spoken.
The BA (Joint Honours) is a three-year version of the above degree, without the Year Abroad. Students of Spanish normally take the BA International. In exceptional circumstances, students may be allowed to opt for the BA (Joint Honours), although there is a strict requirement on such students to spend at least three months in Spain or Latin America during the course of their degree programme. Students should consult their Year Coordinator or the Head of Spanish if they wish to be considered for the BA (Joint Honours).
Objectives – BA International
The BA International will enable suitably qualified students to study, in the third year of the programme, both of their academic subjects in a University of a continental European Union country (with the possibility, in the case of Spanish, of studying in a Latin American university). It will offer students the facility to study a Modern Continental language (and its literature) in a country where it is spoken, and also to study approved courses for their second subject through that same language with emphasis on the European/Continental dimension.
The student must select her/his two degree subjects from the subject groupings provided by the College of Arts.
Students taking a combination of subjects other than in accordance with the above groupings may also, with the permission of the disciplines concerned and the approval of the College, be admitted to the programme.
Courses taken abroad
During their year of study abroad, students are required to enrol for courses and present themselves for the associated examinations. Normally they will be required to attain a total of 45 ECTS units or their equivalent in other approved credit unit systems. The students’ results are considered by a Special Examination Board. Students whose performance is considered unsatisfactory will be required to undertake additional work and to complete it successfully before they may proceed to graduation.
To learn more about the requirements for studying at a university overseas or for participating in a placement overseas, please click: http://www.nuigalway.ie/erasmus/outgoing/index.html
Congratulations on starting your new Arts degree. You have chosen Spanish as one of your subjects for your first year at NUIG.
Why study Spanish? What a student says:
Dr. Lorna Shaughnessy, lecturer in Spanish. Why study Spanish?
Your goal this year will not only be to learn enough communicative and cognitive skills to communicate with Spanish speakers, here and abroad, but also to get to know and understand at a basic level some of the culture, the literature and films that the Spanish-speaking world has produced in recent decades.
The course outline/syllabus for First Year will guide you through the variety of courses that you will be exposed to in your first year. The success of the year will depend on your engagement with this subject. You will be ably assisted by our friendly and motivated staff not only in these university courses but also in extracurricular activities designed to provide you with a richer Spanish world in Galway.
First Year Coordinator(BA)
Dr. Pilar Alderete
The course outline/syllabus for the Second Year of the B.A. and B.A. Connect aims to enable students to build on their skills in Spanish Language and to develop a sound knowledge of selected aspects of Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. Whether you have begun Spanish as a complete beginner in First Year, or entered at post-Leaving Cert level, the course will offer you a range of language and content modules that will enhance your competences and challenge you to reach the level you will need in order to get the maximum benefit from the Year Abroad, (in Spain or Latin America) which is the goal you should have in mind this year.
In Semester 1, there are separate language groups for ex-beginners and ex-intermediate level students (the modules SH227 and SH226 respectively. Students also take SH232 Hispanic Literature and Culture I. In Semester 2, all students take the same language course (SH228) and the module SH233 Hispanic Literature and Culture II (details below). Students taking the BA Connect programmes take just one of the Literature and Culture modules, i.e., SH232 or SH233, with the exception of students on the BA Connect with Latin American Studies.
SH226 Spanish Language IIA is for ex intermediate students and SH227 Spanish Language IIB is for ex beginners students.
Second Year Tutor (BA)
Dr Kate Quinn ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
tel: 353 91 492702
Office: Arts Millennium Building, Room 332
Second Year Co-ordinator for 2018-19
Dr. Ivan Kenny - email@example.com
Year Abroad – International Year
All students taking Spanish to degree level will have the opportunity to study for one year at either a Spanish or Latin American University.
The BA International is a four-year programme. Admission to this programme is in second year of the BA Omnibus. All students who wish to take Spanish to degree level must take this option. This means that students will do the third year of their academic programme at a Spanish-speaking university where they will be expected to study for and pass exams in both Spanish and their second subject.
Students who choose to go to Spain will partake in the EU-funded ERASMUS programme.
Students who go to Latin America will not be able to avail of ERASMUS funding.
We currently have a selection of 14 destinations for students to choose from in Spain and Mexico. Our current partner institutions are:
Universidad Alcalá (Madrid/Spain)
Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao/Spain)
Universidad de Cádiz (Cádiz/Spain)
Universidad de Extramadura (Cáceres/Spain)
Universidad de Granada (Granada/Spain)
Universidad de León (León/ Spain)
Universidad de La Rioja (Lorgoño/Spain)
Universidad de Málaga (Málaga/Spain)
Universidad de Murcia (Murcia/ Spain)
Universidad de Oviedo (Oviedo/Spain)
Universidad de Salamanca (Salamanca/Spain)
Universidad de Valencia (Valencia/Spain)
University of Valladolid (Valladolid/Spain)
University of Veracruz (Xalapa/Mexico)
Co-ordinator of Year Abroad
Room AMB 338
Final Year Spanish
The course outline/syllabus for Final Year aims to assist you to improve and consolidate your written and spoken expression in Spanish, and develop a high level of skill in aural comprehension, reading and translation. The success of the year will depend to a great extent on the effort you make to take charge of your own learning and to continue to advance to the highest possible level.
The Language course entails work on all the above areas, and details of the various elements of the course and the assessment of it are set out below, in the description of the Spanish Language modules, Spanish Language III (Semester 1) and Spanish Language IV (Semester 2).
Along with developing a high level of competence in Spanish Language, you will also deepen your knowledge and awareness of Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. You will take a total of three modules in this area in Final Year. Two of these are taken in Semester 1 (called Hispanic Literature and Culture III and Hispanic Literature and Culture IV, respectively), and one special subject option is taken in Semester 2 (chosen from SH320 Hispanic Crime Narrative, SH324 Latin American Narrative and SH338 Mexican Women Writers ).
Final Year Coordinator (BA)
Dr. Mel Boland
Head of Discipline
Office hours: Tuesday 2.00-3.00