Course Overview

This course is open to anyone with an interest in French and who wishes to gain fluency in the language. The Diploma in French is not suitable for complete Beginners as it is offered at two levels: intermediate and advanced.

This course aims to enable students with an interest in French to acquire a high level of written and oral communication skills in the language through a variety of practical language exercises. Students will also study major cultural issues in the contemporary French-speaking world. In their second year, students will be introduced to the world of French literature. As the course progresses, students should be able to converse on and comprehend a variety of topics and situations.

Application to enter year 2 of the Diploma in French is available to those who have completed an equivalent course at third level or who have lived in a Francophone country for an extended period. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants should apply online for the course and contact the Programme Director to discuss an advanced entry application.

Mode of Study: Online Learning (for 2022/23*) - please visit our Online Learning webpage for further details on what is required to be an online learner.

*The classroom-based version of this course with attendance in Ennis (Clare Education Centre, Kilrush Road) is offered every two years. The next intake will be in September 2023.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Applications System.* This course is listed under Adult Learning & CPD Courses Application.

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

*Please choose one of the two options when making your application for the Diploma in French:
French (Diploma) - FR (delivered fully online)
French ENNIS (Galway) - FR (classroom-based, attendance required in Ennis)*

*The next intake for the classroom-based courses is in September 2023.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Classes will run on Tuesday evenings (6:30-9:30pm). The classes will run as live online classes for the fully online course and as face-to-face classes in Ennis (Clare Education Centre, Kilrush Road) for the classroom-based course. Attendance is required at these classes.

All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written examination at the end of the semester.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The Diploma in French is not suitable for complete Beginners as it is offered at two levels: intermediate and advanced. Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.).

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

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date


A Level Grades ()

Average intake

30 Galway/30 Ennis

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date
NFQ level


Mode of study

Online Learning

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

The course aims to equip students with appropriate written and oral skills in French. The French native teachers will use the communicative method of modern language instruction. He/she will gradually introduce the relevant points of grammar to the students and show how these are applied to written and oral structures. By the end of each week/term/and year students should be able to converse and comprehend a variety of topics and situations that are normally encountered in everyday situations in a contemporary Francophone environment.

Course Content - Year 1

  • Introduction to French Language
  • French Language
  • Introduction to Civilisation, Culture and Society in France
  • Oral French - Parlons Français

Course Content - Year 2

  • Improvers’ French – on écoute, on écrit et on parle 1
  • Improvers’ French – on écoute, on écrit et on parle 2
  • French Culture – connaître le monde francophone 2 Oral French – Parlons Français 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The ability to converse and write in French will be a clear advantage to those who work, or wish to work, in areas such as education, business, law, tourism and information technology, to name but a few. Knowledge of French will offer enhanced employment opportunities both in Ireland and abroad.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€985 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€950 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€35 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€1,485 p.a. 2022/23

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credit

Please download the 2022_23 Fees Scholarship Form for more information

Find out More

Dr. Máire-Áine Ní Mháinnín

Discipline of French

Tel: 091 493397


What Our Students Say


John Breslin |   Student

I was delighted to find out that NUI Galway offered an evening Diploma in French as that suited me very well as regards work hours. I wanted to brush up on my school-level French, as France is our regular holiday destination, and who knows, we might even retire there! The course was very well structured, and the lecturers were excellent. I'd highly recommend this course to others interested in improving and further developing their French skills.
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Claire Kavanagh |   Graduate

I registered for the NUIG Diploma in French, delivered in Ennis and graduated in 2014. The Continuing Professional Development mode of study has allowed me to study French as a single subject to level 8; I currently attend weekly evening lectures at NUIG. I am delighted that I am pursuing my goal. I absolutely love the variety between language skills, culture and literature on the course. Lecturers are extremely encouraging, flexible and approachable. After years of being a stay-at-home mother, studying at NUIG and the guidance from lecturers has given me the confidence to consider pursuing further studies to enable me to teach French.

John Moriarty |   Graduate

Just a brief note to say Merci Beaucoup. I am delighted to have attended NUI Galway to study for my Diploma in French. The support was outstanding. Thank you. I am heading to Nice shortly and hope to impress all and sundry.


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