Undergraduate
Course

Undergraduate

DT555

International Business & Languages (Chinese/French/German/ Irish/Italian/Spanish)

Course Description

Qualification awarded: BA Level 8

Duration of programme: 4 years Full-time

Type of programme: Honours Degree 

Location: TU Dublin City Campus - Aungier Street and Kevin Street

Approx: 100 Places

What is...International Business & Languages?

Competence in languages has an important role to play in Ireland’s ability to trade with other countries. Fluency in other languages is vital to the success of businesses dealing with the countries and regions in which those languages are spoken. The programme is evenly divided between languages and business subjects. The key characteristics of this degree programme are the acquisition of professional competence in one or more languages, the acquisition of business expertise, and the third year spent abroad in a country of the student’s major language.

What will I Study?

The programme is shared equally between the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, and the School of Marketing at TU Dublin. 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. You will also study the language(s) of your choice and acquire the language skills necessary to work in a variety of multilingual and multicultural environments. The focus is on expansion and consolidation of your language expertise, both oral and written, in a professional context.

You will normally have obtained a minimum grade of H4 in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent in one or more of the languages offered on the programme. Those currently offered are Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian and Spanish.

In addition to continuing your study of the language or languages that you took for Leaving Certificate you will have the opportunity to study a new language from beginner’s level and you may even have the option of specialising in this new language if you do well enough. See module listing below. 

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 TU Dublin and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Are there study abroad options?

Students are required to spend the third year of the programme in a partner university in the country of their major language.

What our Students say! 

I think IBL is an excellent programme that combines two very important disciplines needed in today’s globalised world: the ability to speak languages and an understanding of a great variety of business subjects. I like the way business subjects, such as Marketing, Management and Finance, are all interconnected throughout the course so that you often learn something in one subject and can instantly relate it to something you learnt in a different subject. That makes it more interesting and easier to understand. I also like that TU Dublin is not anonymous and everybody knows everybody. Classes are relatively small compared to big universities. Small classes make interaction in class easy. Whenever I feel I haven’t understood something, I can ask the lecturer and they are always willing to explain. As for the language side of the course, I am really glad that we are taught the language in a practical way and focusing on various aspects of culture. I particularly enjoy writing out dialogues and doing in-class presentations. Two years ago, I started as a complete beginner and now I feel so confident in the language that I cannot wait to go on Erasmus next year! 

Module Listing

Year One

Language Modules:

French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 1A (Post-LC)

French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 1

Options:

Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 1A (Post-LC)

Or Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 1B (Beginners)

Business  Modules:

Marketing Theory

Principles of Economics

Principles of Business

Communication/ Research Methodology

Accounting

 

Year Two

Language Modules:

French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 2A

French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 2

Options:

Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 2A 

OR Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2B 

OR a Cultural Module (e.g. Culture, Image, Identity and Memory, Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Linguistics, World Cinema)

Business Modules:

Principles of Management

International Trade & Globalisation

Introduction to Logistics & Supply Chain

Consumer Behaviour

International Corporate Finance

 

Year Three 

Period of Study in Partner University and Professional internship in country of student’s major language. 

 

Year Four

Language Modules:

French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Professional Communication

Two Options from: 

Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Translation and Interpreting

OR French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Dissertation

OR French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Current Affairs

OR French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies

OR Professional Communication in a Second Language

OR a Cultural Module (e.g. Art, Heritage and History of France, Creative Writing, Modernism, English Literature of Ireland, Hispanic Identities, The American West)

Chinese Modules: 

Chinese Written Communication

Chinese Oral Communication

One Chinese Option from: 

Either Chinese Cultural Studies

OR Dissertation

OR Professional Communication in a Second Language

Business Modules: 

International Marketing

International Political Economy

Regulatory Framework

Current Issues in Global Business

 

Entry Requirements

Minimum Number of

Subjects

Honours

6

2H5’s

Minimum Grade in

Maths

Eng or Irish

06/H7

06/H7

Other Requirements

A minimum H4 in one of Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian or Spanish

  • At a glance
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  • Duration 4 years

  • Contact
  • School Administrator
  • languages@dit.ie
  • 01 402 4673
  • TU Dublin City Campus - Kevin St and Aungier St
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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.
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Examples of career options include
Export Sales Manager
Management Consultant
Marketing executive
Investment Fund Manager
International Aid Development workers
Multilingual Customer Care Agent
Public Relations Officer

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.