Entry Points (2021)
709 *including interview points

Course Overview

This programme is delivered at the Shannon College Campus in Co Clare with your 4th year delivered on the Universities Main Campus in Galway.

The BComm in International Hotel Management at Shannon College incorporates a full Commerce Degree with an emphasis on hospitality, tourism and the development of communication and leadership skills. Students have the opportunity to study on two universities campuses and experience 21 months of paid international work placement as part of this exciting degree programme.  

Students who choose this degree will develop a unique set of skills combining professional practical training, language development, hands on work experience in the international hotel industry and extensive commerce theory specialising in a chosen business field. Students will gain international experience during their studies, making them highly sought after graduates. This has been reflected in the 100% employment record on graduation day since the college was founded in 1951. This is a very unique and versatile qualification, perfect for a student who is interested in a career in the international hotel industry or business.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr Phillip J Smyth – Head of Shannon College of Hotel Management 
  • Deborah O Hanlon – Deputy Head of Shannon College of Hotel Management 
  • Adrian Sylver- Deputy Head of Shannon College of Hotel Management 
  • Dave o Donovan- Programme Leader- Bachelor of Business Studies in International Hotel Management 

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

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.  

Note: All applicants who apply to Shannon College will be invited to attend an interview, for which up to 300 CAO points may be awarded. Shannon College will contact all students directly by post after CAO closing dates to arrange their interview. Please notify Shannon College’s Admissions Office if you do not receive correspondence from the college shortly after the CAO closing dates. Interviews are normally held in April and also in July as the course is not restricted.

Additional Requirements

including interview points. See www.shannoncollege.com for more details.

4 years and 9 months

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)

See www.shannoncollege.com for minimum A Level grades

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Course Outline

Year 1 · Study at Shannon College
Professional, practical training forms an essential part of the Year 1 studies as students rotate between seven professional classes – Front Office, IT, Accommodation Services, Skills for Work Life, Food Science, Restaurant Service and Culinary Arts.

Business modules such as Accounting and Management are also introduced and students study their second language (French, German, Spanish, English or Intercultural Communication).

Year 2 · Professional Operative Work Placement
The Year 2 work placement is a 12 month paid professional work placement in leading European hotels. Student spend this time working in a variety of different departments within their hotel. This experience is design to reinforce the training in Year 1 and improve knowledge of industry practice and systems. Students also have the opportunity to work in different parts of Europe, improve their language skills and experience a new culture.

Year 3 · Study at Shannon College
In Year 3, students advance from the practical training and the introduction in Year 1 and instead focus on modules improving their industry knowledge, such as Rooms Division Management and Marketing principals. The language module is continued and more advanced business modules such as Business Finance are studied along with prerequisite modules in preparation for the final year of the BComm degree at NUI Galway.

Year 4 · Study at NUI Galway
Students transfer to the final year BComm at the Galway campus and study three core modules and also choose a specialism. The specialisms offered are Accounting & Performance Measurement, Digital 

Business & Analytics, Economics & Public Policy, Management of Human Resources, Marketing Management, Finance, Business Law or International Business. 

Trainee Management Work Placement
At the end of Year 4, students commence a trainee management work placement which is the students’ first job and the beginning of their career. International hotel companies visit Shannon College to recruit students onto management development programmes and as direct hires in properties around the world. 

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Further Education

Students who complete this degrees programme has many options for further studies in the areas of Hospitality , Business and Management. Students may consider postgraduate programmes like :

MSc in Business and Hospitality - http://www.nuigalway.ie/shannoncollege/courses/hospitalitymanagement.html/

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this degree programme have a wide range of career opportunities both within the hospitality sector and in many other areas of business. They are highly ought after by employers to work in exciting businesses all over the world.

Combine Practical Skills and Theory

Students have the chance to learn hands on practical skills while developing their theoretical knowledge. This variety makes the course really enjoyable for students and ensures they are industry ready.

Opportunities to Travel

Hospitality and Business are global industry with career opportunities all over the world.

Diverse and Exciting Degree Programme

This degree is perfect for a student who loves to explore new places. Students spend year 1 and year 3 on the Shannon College Campus, Year 2 on a European Work Placement, Year 4 on the main NUI Galway Campus and have the chance to start their careers at the end of year 4 in businesses located all over the world.  

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Shannon College has strong partnerships with industry, working with over 100 Hotels across 16 countries worldwide. Students will work for a total of 21 months during their degree programme, gaining invaluable international experience within the hotel industry while also improving their language and communication skills. 


Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,590 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€4,450 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€13,640 year 1. 2021/22


Find out More

Sarah O Mahony
Marketing Manager 

Shannon College of Hotel Management
Shannon Airport
Co Clare 
T +353  91 497216                                                                                                                      E sarah.omahony@nuigalway.ie


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What Our Students Say


Caoimhe Greene |   BComm in International Hotel Management

I am so proud to say I am a graduate of Shannon College – having a degree from such an internationally respected college has provided me with a passport to the world as a potential workplace . I’m now a manager in the Waldorf Astoria NYC and have Shannon to thank for setting me up with the required skills and abilities to work at such a prestigious property.


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