Off Campus Programme
The Off Campus Programme, which reflects the international dimension of the Liberal Arts degree, takes place in year three. Students are offered a wide range of learning opportunities, including international study and work assignments, which broaden and enrich the academic content of their degree.
Many students spend their Off Campus period in either a European or North American university, where they can pursue further studies in their subject areas and, if they wish, register for new courses of their choice.
Students studying in continental Europe improve their foreign language skills and enjoy the multi-cultural dimension of student life there. Financial support under the SOCRATES - ERASMUS programme is currently available to students going to European universities. This contributes towards travel and additional costs incurred in studying abroad.
Students who take the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course in year two may apply to teach English abroad. Other international work placements have also been developed, especially in the tourism and education sectors. These are open to students who have a good level of foreign language ability.
In Ireland, opportunities for work experience have been identified for students who have the requisite skills. Areas of work include Irish language-related, Media and Communications, Library and Youth Work.
Both study abroad and work placements vary in duration from one semester to a full academic year.