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
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.
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.
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.
Students are required to spend the third year of the programme in a partner university in the country of their major language.
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!
French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 1A (Post-LC)
French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 1
Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 1A (Post-LC)
Or Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 1B (Beginners)
Principles of Economics
Principles of Business
Communication/ Research Methodology
French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 2A
French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 2
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)
Principles of Management
International Trade & Globalisation
Introduction to Logistics & Supply Chain
International Corporate Finance
Period of Study in Partner University and Professional internship in country of student’s major language.
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 Written Communication
Chinese Oral Communication
One Chinese Option from:
Either Chinese Cultural Studies
OR Professional Communication in a Second Language
International Political Economy
Current Issues in Global Business
A minimum H4 in one of Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian or Spanish
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
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.