Bachelor of Commerce (International with German)

National University of Ireland, Galway
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  • The Bachelor of Commerce (International with German) degree is a four year internationally recognised undergraduate programme which develops students’ Business and German Language skills.
  • Graduates of this programme not only have a great business qualification but also an international language. This international experience and qualification is highly sought after in today’s competitive global job market.
  • The large range of subjects in the first two years of the programme give students a broad knowledge of business and allows them to decide which area of business is best for them.
  • In third year, students spend a year abroad studying modules in languages and business at an approved university. Students have the opportunity to study abroad at some of the world’s most elite universities and business schools, and gain an alternative perspective on education in another country. The international year provides students with the opportunity to experience a new culture and build a network of global connections. You will also develop your cross-cultural awareness and communication skills.


Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional RequirementsFor A-Levels - Grade C in GermanDuration Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.Glossary of Terms

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Year 1 (60 Credits)

Further Education

Graduates can also go on to select from a range of postgraduate programmes in their chosen discipline at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the B Comm (International) at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics are highly successful and sought after in all areas of Business. Graduates go on to work in a variety of careers including • EU institutions such as The European Central Bank, The Diplomatic Service and The European Parliament • Accounting - both professional practice and industry. • Management Consultancy • Taxation • Commercial Advisory Services • Economic Policy Advisory Services • Marketing • Human Resource Management • Information Systems Management • Finance (including Banking & Insurance) • Information Systems Management

Graduates with a degree in German also often work as teachers—at primary, secondary and third level, and in private language colleges—or they find employment in areas such as journalism, television, radio, media, arts administration, interpreting, technical translation, multilingual secretarial and reception work, tourism and the diplomatic service.

Graduates with good language skills are in demand by local, national and multinational businesses.

Why Study German?

  • German is the native language of about 100 million people, and 38% of all Europeans speak German in Austria, Switzerland and elsewhere Germany is the most important trading partner for almost all European and many non-European countries.
  • Speaking German is key to success in the job market—in Ireland, Germany and the European Union.
  • When you graduate you will have acquired a high level of proficiency in German and a deep understanding of the culture and history of Germany.

Study Abroad

Students studying German spend one year studying at one of NUI Galway’s partner universities in Germany or Austrian. The year abroad allows students to reach a high degree of fluency in German and to enjoy valuable intercultural experiences.

Click here to see where your Commerce degree can take you in the world!

Who’s Suited to This CourseLearning Outcomes - Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative. - Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant. - Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

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T + 353 (0)91 492 612 F + 353 (0)91 494 546 E Sarah Whelan |   HR Shared Services Specialist Groupon EMEA

...I chose the B Comm International with German at NUI Galway. Being in a global business world also means that having a language other than English is very important. The B Comm International has definitely helped me develop my language and business skills. Along with learning all the important business terms in German, I also improved my writing and spelling skills in German. The course coordinator was fantastic. She gave us so much help and advice. All the lecturers were always very approachable and helpful...

Emma Cleere |  ‎Sales Executive at SiteMinder

Spending four years studying Commerce with German in NUIG was a decision which I will be forever grateful for. The course gives you a broad overview of Commerce in general while also giving you a full degree in business level German. In school, I had always struggled with German as a subject. However, I found studying German at college to be very different. Smaller interactive class sizes combined with dedicated lecturers greatly enhanced the learning experience. German, once my least favourite subject in school, ended up being one of the most enjoyable throughout college. I’d advise anyone who is looking for a versatile yet specialised degree in Commerce with a language to definitely consider studying Commerce International with German in NUIG.

Lorna Benson |   Sales and Service Consultant (German) at Wayfair

I decided to study Commerce International with German as I feel it is important to have a European language in today’s global business world. The course itself is very well structured in NUI Galway, allowing one to experience different aspects of Commerce in first year before branching into your chosen stream. Looking back, the German language was my favourite aspect of this course as I learned the skills necessary to allow me work comfortably through German on a day-to-day basis in my current career. The ERASMUS programme is one of my fondest memories from my time at NUI Galway. This year has complimented the knowledge from my degree and allowed me to gain invaluable experience. If you have a passion for Commerce I would highly recommend incorporating a European language in your degree. I believe having a European language significantly enhances your job prospects.

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