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International Business & Languages (Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/ Spanish) / Gnó Idirnáisiúnta & Teangacha (Sínis/Fraincis/Gearmáinis/Gaelige/Iodáilis/ Spáinnis)


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 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.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The programme is shared equally between the School of Languages 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. You will also study the language(s) of your choice and acquire the professional competency in one or more languages 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 range of professional contexts.

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.

Module Listing

Year One

Language Modules: 

  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish 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)

Business Modules:

  • Marketing Theory
  • Principles of Economics
  • Principles of Business
  • Communication/Research Methodology
  • Accounting

Year Two

Language Modules: 

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


  • Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish 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

Spent in Partner University abroad in country of student’s major language OR on work placement in country where the main language of study is spoken.

Year Four

European 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

1 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

Are there study abroad options?

Students are required to spend the third year of the programme in the country of their major language.  This will normally be in a partner university but it may be on a work placement.

Further Information

T: (01) 402 2843 


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 DIT 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!"