BA (Hons.) Languages & International Tourism

Course Description

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.


What is Languages & International Tourism?

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. 

What will I Study?

Students will receive a dual qualification in languages and tourism. The language modules provide the opportunity to gain professional competence in one or more languages through traditional linguistic studies, contemporary cultural studies and translation studies. 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 TU Dublin. 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.  

What other options do I have after completion?  

Graduates of the programme who have reached the appropriate Honours standard may have access to a range of Masters Degrees in TU Dublin and elsewhere in Higher Education.   

Are there study abroad options?

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.

What our Students say!  

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.


Module Listing

Year One

Language Modules:

French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 1A (Post-LC)

French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 1


Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 1A (Post-LC)

Or Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 1B (Beginners)

Tourism Modules:

Tourism Studies

Tourism Marketing

Computer Applications

Tourism Destinations


Accounting for Tourism


Year Two

Language Modules:

French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 2A

French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 2


Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 2A 

OR Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2B 

OR a Cultural Module (e.g. Culture, Image, Identity and Memory, Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Linguistics, World Cinema)

Tourism Modules:

Sustainable Tourism

International Human Resource Management

Heritage Culture & Tourism


Tourism Law

Global to Local Tourism


Year Three 

Period of Study in Partner University and Professional internship in country of student’s major language. 


Year Four

Language Modules:

French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Professional Communication

Two Options from: 

Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Translation and Interpreting

OR French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Dissertation

OR French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Current Affairs OR French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies

OR Professional Communication in a Second Language

OR a Cultural Module (e.g. Art, Heritage and History of France, Creative Writing, Modernism, English Literature of Ireland, Hispanic Identities, The American West)

Chinese Modules:

Chinese Written Communication

Chinese Oral Communication.

One Option from: Either Chinese Cultural Studies OR Dissertation OR Professional Communication in a Second Language

Tourism Modules:

Applied Project Management

Contemporary Tourism Issues

Festival & Events Impacts

Research Methods

Strategic Management Seminars (double weighting)


Entry Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


Eng or Irish




Other Requirements   

A minimum H4 in one of Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian or Spanish

  • At a glance
  • Level 8, BA (Hons.)
  • Duration 4 years

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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 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.

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: