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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

B.A. Honors German (JH)

Why study German?
German is spoken by some 100 million Europeans. Studying German at an in-depth level is excellent preparation for the world of work and is likely to make you highly employable in Ireland, the EU, and further afield.

German: The course for you?
We teach most of our language and culture modules in small groups, which is a considerable advantage when learning a language and sets us apart from most other universities in Ireland and further afield. We also offer Beginners German in first year.

Whether you are a beginner or have completed German to post-Leaving Certificate (or equivalent), with us you will acquire advanced competence and fluency, spoken and written, in the German language. You will also develop reading and communication skills alongside methods of research and analysis in literature, history, culture, film, and society of the German speaking countries.

German at Trinity
If you are interested in exploring Germanic culture, history, and society from the late 18th century to the present, then our programme is for you. We do this by examining diverse cultural products - prose, drama, film, and material culture.

The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors.

Graduate skills and career opportunities
Recent UK research suggests that graduates with a degree in German are the highest-paid language graduates. Small wonder: Germany is the largest national economy in Europe and the fifth largest economy in the world. It is a major export destination for Irish goods and the second most important source of Foreign Direct Investment for Ireland. Competence in German gives you a competitive advantage in the domestic job market as well as in the job markets of the German-speaking world. Employers value the language skills of German graduates, and their ‘transferable skills’: the creativity, confidence, and sensitivity which marks the advanced linguist, and the maturity and flexibility that comes from engaging with another culture, and from experience gained abroad. Recent graduates work for Google, Deutsche Bank, and Enterprise Ireland, also in telecoms, IT, education, public service, the media, law, and in universities in Ireland, Europe, and North America.

Do you enjoy…

  • Language learning with native speakers in small groups, theatre rehearsals, debates, and other social activities?
  • Finding out about the culture of one of Europe’s and the world’s foremost nations, the centre of seismic global intellectual and political events from the 18th century to the present?
  • Challenging received wisdom, thinking critically, analytically, independently?

Your degree and what you’ll study
At entry, German must be combined with one other subject. In later years, you may select additional subjects and electives and will have the option to graduate with German as a Single Honors degree, a Joint Honors degree with another subject, or a Major with a Minor.

First and second years
There are approximately 10 hours of classes per week in first year. The course covers three key areas:

  • Language programme: This builds on the written, oral, and aural skills you acquired at school and develops fluency and accuracy in expression.
  • Area studies introduces you to society, political and cultural issues in modern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
  • Literature and textual studies introduces you to key aspects of modern German literature and film, and to reading and analyzing literary and non-literary texts in German.

In addition to language classes, second-year introduces you to the origins, experience, and on-going impact of National Socialism in Germany (1933-1945). This core module encompasses history, literature, film, and aspects of Memory Studies and Holocaust Studies. Accompanying seminars with a literary, filmic, cultural, or historical focus will enable you to deepen your knowledge of this era and its aftermath..

Third and fourth years
In third year, Business & German and Law & German students will study abroad. Other students of German are also encouraged to study abroad. If you stay in Dublin, alongside your language classes you will take a core module in German intellectual history, culture, and literature from the Enlightenment through the 20th century and you will choose from accompanying seminars in literary, cultural, and historical studies.

In fourth year, these specialist interests are extended through advanced options that link undergraduate study to staff research expertise.

You will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of continuous assessment methods – essays, project work, presentations, and journals. Language modules are assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

Study abroad
A year or semester studying abroad is a highlight of a German student’s Trinity experience. Immersing oneself in the language and culture is one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency when you are studying a language. Single Honors students have a compulsory third year of study abroad and other students are encouraged to spend a year or a semester abroad also. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in a German-speaking country prior to taking your final exams. We currently have exchange agreements with Cologne, Göttingen, Konstanz, and Vienna universities.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

If you are an international student studying at Trinity, you might be considering internship and graduate work in Ireland, in your home country, or elsewhere. This section provides information for Non EU students on working in Ireland during and after your studies. For information and resources to support an international job search, see our Devex resource which includes international job search advice and information.

Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

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Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • General Entry Requirements
  • Class XII – ISC, CBSE
  • 80-90% in six subjects at XII depending on course (or 5 at Grade XII and 1 at Grade X) Mathematics up to Grade X

International Baccalaureate

  • 3 subjects at Grade 5 (Higher Level)
  • 3 subjects at Grade 4 (Standard Level),
  • including English & Maths
  • 32 to 40 points, depending on course


  • 4 A2 or best 3 A2 plus one AS
  • Pass in English & Maths
  • *75% or above / HL Mathematics required
  • at Class XII level for Computer Science,Engineering, Science and Mathematics courses

*Additional requirements may apply for some courses

  • English Language Proficienc Test
  • IELTS - 6.5 (No individual band below 6)
  • TOEFL - 90 (Written score 21)
  • PTE Score -63 (No section below 59)

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  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Bachelors/UG Degree
  • Duration: 04 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 82436 EUR
    Annual Cost of Living: 12000 EUR
    Application Fee: 55 EUR
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