Undergraduate
Course

Undergraduate

DT565

BA (Hons.) International Business & Languages (Chinese)

Course Description

 

What is...Chinese & International Business?

As China emerges as a superpower in the world of international trade, it is increasingly important for Ireland to have home-grown graduates with a high command of Chinese and a sound knowledge of Chinese culture and business. The honours degree in Chinese & International Business will provide graduates with the language and business skills either to work in China or to work with organisations that do business with China. 50% of the programme is devoted to Mandarin Chinese and 50% to business subjects.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The programme is shared equally between the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences and the School of Marketing at the DIT. This means you will benefit from the international reputation, experience and knowledge of both schools, study Chinese and also have a broad level of exposure to the world of international business. You take up Chinese at beginner’s level and study it intensively, spending 11 class hours per week learning the language and understanding the culture. This will enable you to achieve the standard of language competence necessary to spend Year 3 in China. Placing you in a total immersion situation gives you the best possible opportunity to attain a high level of fluency in the language and prepares you to communicate proficiently in a Chinese business environment. You will also take a full range of business subjects which will equip you to embark on a career in international business. On graduation, you will be able to find employment in a variety of businesses using your language skills.

What are my...Career Opportunities?

In view of the increasing globalisation of world markets and the commercial and trading importance of China, it is essential that students develop the linguistic, cultural, critical thinking 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.

Are there study abroad options?

The 3rd year of the programme is spent at a partner university in Asia (China or Taiwan).

What our Students say!

Just a short note to say thank you very much for this year. Thank you for pushing us so hard, I never thought I’d be able to read and write in Chinese, it really is a dream come true. There were difficult times but thank you for everything, you are a great teacher.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Chinese Levels 1 & 2
  • Chinese Levels 3 & 4
  • Chinese Cultural Studies 1: Oral Communication
  • Chinese Cultural Studies 2: Chinese History
  • Business Modules:
  • Marketing Theory
  • Principles of Economics
  • Principles of Business
  • Communication/Research Methodology
  • Accounting 1

Year Two

  • Chinese Levels 5 & 6
  • Chinese Levels 7 & 8
  • Chinese Cultural Studies 3: Geography and Economy
  • Chinese Level 9
  • 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

Year Four

  • Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Oral Chinese
  • Written Chinese
  • Business Modules:
  • International Marketing
  • International Political Economy
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Current issues in International Management

Further Information

School of Languages

T: 01 402 2843/4673

F: 01 402 4987

E: languages@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/schooloflanguages

Entry Requirements

Minimum No of

Subjects

Honours

6

2

Minimum Grade in

Maths

English or Irish

OD3

OD3

FETAC Level 5 Minimum Entry Requirements

A FETAC Level 5 entry route to this programme is available. Please visit www.dit.ie/study/undergraduate/fetac/

The programme is shared equally between the School of Languages and the School of Marketing at the 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 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.

French is only offered to students who have obtained a minimum grade of HC3 in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

For German and Spanish, application is by language irrespective of level, as students are streamed on intake. Those who take German or Spanish at beginner’s level study it intensively (9 class contact hours per week). This will enable students to achieve the standard of language competence necessary to spend year 3 abroad and go on to find employment in a variety of businesses using their language skills. Students also take the full range of business subjects.

Students who take the language at Leaving Certificate honours level have the opportunity to also study a minor language at beginner’s level. The minor language options currently on offer (subject to minimum numbers) are German, Italian, French or Spanish. Alternatively, students can opt for a suite of cultural modules or literature modules (subject to numbers).

  • At a glance
  • Level 8 BA (Hons.)
  • Duration 4 Years

  • Contact
  • Odette Gabaudan or School Administrator
  • odette.gabaudan@dit.ie or languages@dit.ie
  • 01 402 4711 or 01 402 4673
  • 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.

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.

Here is a list of current staff,
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more about their experiences.