Languages have extensive links with educational establishments and organisations in Europe and further afield. Europe has traditionally been the focus of international contact for the School and students studying French, German, Spanish and Italian have been able to avail of the opportunity to spend a semester or two abroad. In recent years, however, successful links have been established with countries in Eastern Europe and South America. Links with Chinese universities are also being actively developed at DIT level.
All students taking foreign languages as part of their programme of study may avail of the opportunity to spend a semester or two under the EU-funded Erasmus and Leonardo student exchange programmes.
The Study in Europe Website provides up-to-date information on thirty-two European countries and what it takes to live and study in them. This website is also useful for information to obtain a Schengen visa.
The IBL Erasmus Induction took place on 15th September 2009. All incoming students were invited to the full Irish Breakfast in Stephen's Green Hotel.
Regardless of the programme on which students are registered, they may spend up to one year abroad in the country of the language that they are studying. Students studying a language as part of their programmes in the Faculty of Tourism and Food, for example, can choose to go to Finland, France, Spain or Austria.
The DIT welcomes a large number of students from many third-level institutions in Europe, Asia, the United States and South America. These international students take part in the broad range of programmes offered by DIT and contribute enormously to making the student experience at DIT an exciting and stimulating one.
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We work in close cooperation with DIT International Office and with the European Student Officer in welcoming international and Erasmus/Socrates students.
Currently, we offer a wide range of short courses in English, in Modern Language Electives (including Chinese) and in Irish Cultural Studies. These courses have proven to be very popular and of great interest to visiting students in DIT. Short courses in English for Academic Purposes, Modern Language Electives and Irish Cultural Studies are semesterised allowing students the option of taking these courses for one semester or for two. ECTS credits are awarded provided that all elements of assessment are completed. ECTS credits gained in English for Academic Purposes, Modern Language Electives and Irish Cultural Studies can be counted and included in the Socrates Learning Contract.