Undergraduate
Course

Undergraduate

DT557

International Business & Languages (Spanish)

Course Description

 

Programme code: DT557

Qualification awarded: BA (INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & LANGUAGES) Level 8 / BA (GNÓ IDIRNÁISIÚNTA & TEANGACHA) Leibhéal 8
Duration of programme: 4 years 
Type of programme: Honours Degree 
Number of places: 35 approx. 
Location: DIT Aungier Street, DIT Kevin Street

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 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).

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.

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!

Module Listing

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

Further Information

School of Languages

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 DT556 & DT557 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
  • 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.
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

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