Course Overview

The Diploma in Italian introduces students to the basics of the Italian language and assists them in developing their language competence in relation to the common situations of everyday life. The course concentrates on all four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and uses authentic material, carefully selected, to provide a gradual introduction to the structures and functions of the language.

In addition, a cultural module will introduce students to aspects of contemporary Italian culture including the main trends in Italian art, cinema, history and lectures on a variety of topics from different regions in Italy to wine-tasting sessions. On completion of the programme, students acquire a very high level of oral and written communication skills in the Italian language for personal, travel or professional purposes.

Mode of Study: Classroom-based

NB: The next intake for the Classroom-based Italian Diploma is 2025, the online Italian Diploma will take place in September 2024. 

Applications and Selections

NB: There is no intake in 2024, applications will open for this course from 1st April 2025.

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Applications System. This course is listed under Adult Learning Undergraduate\Postgraduate, CPD, Micro-credentials & Summer School Applications.

Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.

A minimum of 6 students is required for the course to proceed.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Classes are held on Monday evenings (6:30 - 9:30pm). All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays and written assignments during the semester and a written examination at the end of the semester.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found here (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Italian. 

*The English language requirement does not apply to this language diploma.

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2025

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date
NFQ level


Mode of study

Classroom Based Learning

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

The course aims to equip students with appropriate written and oral skills in Italian and will include the following six modules:

Course Content - Year 1
Italian Language Level 1 Part 1
Italian Language Level 1 Part 2
Italian Culture and Language Level 1

Course Content - Year 2
Italian Language Level 2 Part 1
Italian Language Level 2 Part 2
Italian Culture and Language Level 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to give people enhanced language skills whether for personal, travel or professional purposes. At the end of the course, students will have an additional transferable skill with the knowledge of a new language. They will also have improved communication ability both in written and oral tasks, and a recognized university qualification in the Italian language.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Diploma in Italian is designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of the language and wish to gain Italian language skills for personal or professional reasons.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,000 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€965 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€35 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€1,500 p.a. 2024/25


A fee scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. For more information download the 2024_25 Fees Scholarship Form

Find out More

Dr. Andrea Ciribuco
Department of Italian
University of Galway
Tel: 091 492 240


What Our Students Say


Annette Kearney |   Diploma Graduate

I have really enjoyed the evening diploma course in Italian run by NUI Galway. Not only did it serve to provide me with a university qualification, but it has given me a useful introduction to the Italian culture and ways of conversation not to mention a much appreciated network of fellow Italy enthusiasts in Galway. Run over two years, it has enabled me to learn an additional language at a pace which is manageable in a busy work and family environment. The modules were taught an enjoyable manner by lecturers who were most professional and encouraging. I'd highly recommend it!