Qualification awarded: BA (INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & LANGUAGES) Level 8 / BA (GNÓ IDIRNÁISIÚNTA & TEANGACHA) Leibhéal 8 Duration of programme: 4 years Type of programme: Honours Degree Number of places: 15 approx. Location: DIT Aungier Street, DIT Kevin Street
What is...International Business & Languages?
With Ireland and Italy doing ever more business together, the Italian language is becoming increasingly important in Ireland’s EU relations, yet there is limited opportunity to study Italian in Ireland. Students who take Italian as their major language on this Degree will therefore have the significant advantage of offering prospective employers fluency in one of Ireland’s less studied languages.The key characteristic of the programme is that 50% is devoted to Italian and 50% to business subjects. The emphasis is on language acquisition and students are given the opportunity to spend the third year in Italy studying at a partner institution.
Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?
The programme is shared equally between the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences and the School of Marketing at DIT. You will benefit from the international reputation, experience and knowledge of both schools. You will study the full range of business modules required to gain an in-depth understanding of the international business environment and embark on a career in International Business. In Italian, you will acquire the language skills necessary to work in a variety of multilingual and multicultural environments. The focus is on developing, expanding and consolidating your language expertise, both oral and written, in a professional context.You will take up Italian at beginner’s level and study it intensively, having nine class contact hours per week in Italian. This will enable you to achieve the standard of language competence necessary to spend Year 3 in Italy as well as finding employment in a variety of businesses using your language skills.Italian is taken at Beginner’s level. This programme is not designed for native or fluent Italian speakers.
What are my...Career Opportunities?
With the increasing globalisation of world markets and the dependency of the global economy on international trade, it is essential that students develop the linguistic skills, critical thinking skills, and business skills required. Students who successfully complete the programme will be equipped to play a key role in companies and organisations seeking out new markets and/or expanding within them. Graduates will be equally well suited to the demands of all business organisations from small and medium-sized enterprises to multinational concerns.
What other options do I have after completion?
Students who have reached the appropriate honours standards may have access to a range of Masters Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.
Are there study abroad options?
Students spend their 3rd year in a Partner University in Italy.
What our Students say!
Looking back over my four years as an IBL student, I have some brilliant memories and met a lot of great people along the way. I feel that the course really suited me as I was looking for a good blend of business and language subjects, which I got with Spanish, Italian, Management, Corporate Finance and Marketing amongst others. What made the experience more enjoyable was the relationship between the students and lecturers. Due to the small class numbers, you really get to know your lecturers and they always manage to make time for you to help in any way possible. The main highlight for me was undoubtedly the opportunity to spend a year abroad. By immersing yourself in the culture, you really get a good grasp on the language and also develop yourself as a person. It was such an amazing experience and easily the best year of my life. I am delighted to have chosen this course and I am looking to what future opportunities it may bring.
With the increasing globalisation of world markets and the dependency of the global economy on international trade, it is essential that students develop the linguistic skills, critical thinking skills, and business skills required. Students who successfully complete the programme will be equipped to play a key role in companies and organisations seeking out new markets and/or expanding within them. Graduates will be equally well suited to the demands of all business organisations from small and medium-sized enterprises to multinational concerns. Check out Grad Ireland's brochure - your career with languages
Some further studies options for graduates with an International Business and Languages degree
MA Translation Studies, DCU MA Conference Interpreting, DCU MA Intercultural Studies, DCU MA Applied Linguistics, UCC Post-grad Dip Linguistics, UCD MA European Literature and Culture, QUB MSc International Business, DIT MSc Strategic Management, DIT MSc International Business, UCD MSc Marketing, UCD MSc Finance, UCD
We collaborate with a number of industry representatives, including SAP, IBEC, Irish Distillers, Gerson Lehrman Group. We have strong links with embassies and cultural services of the languages we offer on the International Business and Language programme. These include the Cervantes Institute, the Service Culturel of the French Embassy, the Chinese consulate, the Goethe Institute and the Italian Cultural Institute.