BComm (Hons) (International) (NFQ Level 8)
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Commerce International (BCIT) combines a ﬂexible business education from Ireland’s leading business school with the linguistic skills and cultural understanding to succeed in the exciting world of international business. Students of the BCIT course are well-grounded in the theory and practice of business management and equipped to understand and comment critically on business issues. To achieve a truly global perspective on business, it is necessary to immerse yourself in the culture and not just learn the vocabulary. As part of the course, BCIT students will also take a range of literature and culture modules from the UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. Some examples of modules currently on offer include French New Wave Cinema, Surrealism in Spain and Mexico, Grimm’s Tales, Italian Cinema and Society. Students are brought to a high level of language proficiency and cultural sensitivity.
Students on the Commerce International programme will spend Year 3 studying in one of our highly regarded international partner institutions. This mandatory year abroad is an integral part of the BCIT programme and offers a unique opportunity for personal development and academic growth while immersed in the language and culture of the host country. While this immersive experience is a demanding challenge, education experts have shown that these multicultural competencies are strongly linked with innovative thinking and creative performance. In third year, whether at home or abroad, you will also have an opportunity to participate in the BCIT summer internship module, and avail of academic credit for this experiential learning.
On applying, you will select two languages to study, choosing from Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. With the exception of French (H4 requirement), you have the opportunity to study these languages from beginner level.
At the end of the first trimester students choose one of the two options to pursue as their language minor for the remainder of the course. While the European language options include a focus on literature and culture, the Chinese language option encompasses culture, politics, law and society.
Throughout the duration of the course, you will receive a firm foundation in core and specialist business disciplines, as well as developing your language proficiency to degree minor level.
Business Mentoring Programme: In second year, students can participate in a personalised mentorship programme gaining industry knowledge, advice and support from the business alumni community.
The year studying abroad is an integral part of the BCIT course. You will spend the year studying at one of our highly regarded international business school partners. With the European language minors, you will study business modules through the chosen language for the year, while the Chinese minor involves one trimester studying Chinese language and a second trimester studying business through English.
An additional option, for those who do not wish to pursue the language minor beyond Year 2, is to take a Global Business minor in Years 3 and 4 of the programme. In this case, the year abroad is taken through English at a Global Partner University and in the final year you will concentrate solely on business subjects.
In third year, you will also have an opportunity to participate in the BCIT summer internship module.
In the final year, you will continue with language and culture/literature studies in addition to focusing on the particular business discipline(s) that you are most interested in (e.g. Accountancy, Management, Marketing, Finance, Management Information Systems or Human Resource Management).
BCIT graduates find employment in the private, public and not-for-profit (NGO) sectors, or set up their own companies. Many different career paths are available, and students who can combine an international language with a business qualification are highly employable graduates for multinational companies. In addition, the focus on multicultural competencies gives BCIT graduates a unique competitive advantage in the global marketplace.
“I was keen to study business with a global perspective and experience a new language and culture simultaneously. This degree has given me a comprehensive understanding of all business areas, allowing me to choose a career that was right for me. The academic year abroad in Paris was challenging, but immensely rewarding, as I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone, developed my cross-cultural competence and gained fluency in French. In addition to studying abroad, you will have the opportunity to take part in an extensive range of extra-curricular activities in both UCD and the host university, which will enhance your experience and give you a competitive edge within the international job market.”
Dariya Bazhenova, Graduate
UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business
Tel: +353 1 716 4833