The BA (Hons) Languages and International Tourism prepares students for a high level of operational responsibilities in all areas of International Tourism both in Ireland and abroad, where their competence in the foreign language will be an asset to any company.
Tourism is now the largest industry in the world. This exciting new programme is unique in bringing together the study of both tourism and languages. This four year Honours Degree programme, including a year abroad, offers a high level of linguistic proficiency, cultural awareness and training in business skills for tourism. It will enable graduates of the programme to function in the competitive but rewarding field of international tourism.
Students will receive a dual qualification in their language and tourism. The language modules include traditional linguistic studies and a choice between a second language, cultural studies and literature. Tourism modules introduce students to the business of tourism and explore exciting fields such as Sustainable Tourism and Enterprise Development. Prospective students should have a keen interest in the culture and heritage of Ireland as well as the countries of their chosen language. The programme is shared equally between the School of Languages and the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism at DIT. This means that graduates will study the language(s) of their choice, and also have a broad level of exposure to the tourism industry. They will benefit from the international reputation of both schools whose experience and knowledge is reflected in the modules which this programme offers.
Graduates of this programme will have a wide range of employable skills for which demand can only grow. They will have preferential access to careers in fields of International Tourism, in the private and State sectors as well as in international organisations. They can work in heritage and related cultural areas where high levels of linguistic proficiency are essential or they can be active in research conducted in the academic sphere, by national and other tourist organisations.
Graduates of the programme who have reached the appropriate Honours standard may have access to a range of Masters Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.
Students are required to spend the third year of the programme in the country of their major language. This involves studying in a partner college and undertaking a supervised placement in the tourism industry of that country.
Languages and International Tourism is a degree unlike any other. The equal weighting of languages and tourism in this degree is unique. The tourism modules such as management and tourism destinations enable us to learn about the dynamic and varied tourism industry as well as having valuable language skills that will provide opportunities in the future. The Erasmus year abroad will not only allow you to experience college in the country of your chosen language but also to complete work experience in the tourism industry. The small classes in DIT have allowed us to progress in our chosen languages. I have always found everyone to be friendly and am really enjoying my time at DIT.
Culture & Society
Minor Language OR Introduction to Literature OR Culture, Identity & Memory
Tourism Marketing 1
Accounting for Tourism
Professional Communication & Preparation for the Year Abroad
Translation & Linguistic Proficiency
Minor Language OR Literature OR Intercultural Studies & European Myths.
Festival & Events Impacts
Tourism enterprise development
Period of Study in Partner University and Professional internship in country of student’s major language.
Language for Business Language Industry Project
Minor Language OR Current Affairs OR Translation Studies
Global to Local Tourism
Strategic Management Seminars (double weighting)
Contemporary Tourism Issues
Tourism in developing countries
Minimum Number of Subjects: 2
Minimum Grade in Maths Eng or Irish OD3
At least a HC3 in: Spanish.
The first graduates from the Languages & International Tourism programme will complete their studies in May 2015 and it is expected that they will seek careers in a range of areas within the hospitality and tourism sectors, but that with their developed language skills, they will also be in a position to seek employment in other business areas.
The international placement that students complete in year 3 as well as the well-established relationships with industry through the MagicTouch partnership should ensure that students can confidently pursue both national and international careers.
On completion of the programme students will be in a position to pursue further studies and/or develop specialisms in a wide variety of areas that include Tourism and Hospitality Studies, Language Study & Business Studies. As such, students with the requisite grades will be able to apply for places on postgraduate diploma programmes, masters programmes and doctoral programmes in a variety of disciplines both her e and abroad.
Both the schools which manage the programme – School of Languages, Law & Social Sciences and the School of Hospitality, Management & Tourism – have extensive links with industry and a wide range of professional bodies, organisations and cultural institutes. Some are listed below: