Undergraduate
Course

Undergraduate

DT556

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

Course Description

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 French, German and Spanish are all vital to the success of businesses dealing with the regions in which those languages are spoken. The programme is evenly divided between languages - French, German or Spanish - and business subjects.

The key characteristics of this degree programme are the emphasis on language acquisition, the acquisition of business expertise, and the third year abroad spent studying at a partner institution in a country of the student’s major language.

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 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).

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.

Are there study abroad options?

Students are required to spend the third year of the programme in a partner university in the country of their major language.

 

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 DT556 & DT557 is available. Please visit www.dit.ie/study/undergraduate/fetac/

Year One

Language Modules Advanced Stream:

  • Culture & Society
  • Communication

Options: Minor Language OR Introduction to Literature OR Introduction to Cultural Image, Identity & Memory

Language Modules Beginners Intensive Stream:

  • Language in Context 1
  • Language in Use 1
  • Language Interaction 1

Business Modules:

  • Marketing Theory
  • Principles of Economics
  • Principles of Business
  • Communication/Research Methodology
  • Accounting 1

Year Two

Language Modules Advanced Stream:

  • Professional Communication & Preparation for the Year Abroad
  • Translation & Linguistic Proficiency

Options: Minor Language OR Literature OR Intercultural Studies & European Myths

  • Language Modules Beginners Intensive Stream:
  • Language in Context 2
  • Language in Use 2
  • Language Interaction 2

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

Language Modules:

  • Language for Business
  • Translation Studies
  • Current Affairs

Options: Minor Language OR Literature.

Business Modules:

  • International Marketing
  • International Political Economy
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Current issues in International Management

  • At a glance
  • 8
  • Duration Four years

  • Contact
  • Odette Gabaudan or School administrator
  • odette.gabaudan@dit.ie or languages@dit.ie
  • 01 402 4711 or 01 402 4673
  • Kevin Street and Aungier Street.
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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.
Check out Grad Ireland's brochure - your career with languages

Examples of career options include
Export Sales Manager
Management Consultant
Marketing executive
Investment Fund Manager
International Aid Development workers
Multilingual Customer Care Agent
Public Relations Officer

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,
click on their photos to find out
more about their experiences.