Information about studying languages at ATU
International students at GMIT Galway

Work placement in another country as part of your course.

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.

We live in an ever-increasing global economy. Learning a new language opens many doors to new cultures, new experiences, and ultimately new opportunities.

In ATU we offer French, German, Spanish and Gaeilge on a variety of programmes across a variety of disciplines. These languages are delivered from beginner to advance level and are on offer at every stage of the programmes listed below.

Why study a language in ATU?

Ultimately, having a language will improve your employability once you graduate.  Listen to our recent graduates’ stories on how studying a language has afforded them with new and rewarding opportunities:

Andrew Ryan - Graduate of Bachelor of Business in Culinary Arts Management, speaking on the value of doing his placement in France:

Eoghan Kavanagh – Graduate of the Bachelor of Business in Event Management with Public Relations and the Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management, speaking on the value of doing an Erasmus study abroad semester:

Lariane Costa Ramos – Graduate of the Bachelor of Business, speaking on the value of studying a language to one’s career prospects:

See more Testimonials from our Language Students and Graduates

Languages are available as elective subjects on the following courses at levels 6, 7 and 8 in the following discipline areas: 


*Available in years 1&2 only but can be taken as an extra elective in years 3&4. 

Tourism, Heritage, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Event Management 

*If you are interested in catering and hospitality, check out the award-winning Eurocatering Language Training programme, a free online language kit for professionals in the catering and hospitality sector (GMIT were the Irish partners in this exciting European project). 

Creative Arts and Media 

News and Events: 

Check out the ATU Languages Competition 2023 for Secondary Schools. 

See our Languages Brochure for further information’