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Commerce (International Hotel Management) Shannon College
Course OverviewThis programme is delivered at the Shannon College Campus in Co Clare
In 2015 Shannon College of Hotel Management became a College of NUI Galway. The BComm in International Hotel Management at Shannon College of Hotel Management incorporates a year of studies at the NUI Galway campus in the fourth year. 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.
All applicants must attend a selection interview, for which up to 300 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.
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Requirements and Assessment
4 years and 9 months
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A Level Grades (2016)
See www.shannoncollege.com for minimum A Level grades
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Mode of study
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 every two/three weeks. 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 PlacementThe Year 2 work placement is a 12 month professional operative work placement in leading European hotels to reinforce the training in Year 1 and improve knowledge of industry practice and systems.
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, Digital Business & Analytics, Economics & Public Policy, Management of Human Resources, Marketing Management and Finance.
End of Year 4 · Trainee Management Work Placement
At the end of Year 4, students commence a trainee management work placement for at least nine months until graduation (normally a 12–18 month contract). International hotel companies visit Shannon College to recruit students onto management development programmes and as direct hires in properties around the world. After nine months, students complete a Viva Voce examination before graduating.
Further EducationUpon completion of the BComm degree, Shannon College graduates find that there are many postgraduate opportunities open to them in the business, hospitality and tourism disciplines. Postgraduate programmes in the business discipline that are popular among Shannon graduates include marketing, human resources management, accounting and business information systems.
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In Year 4, students also have the option to transfer to the BComm (International) Degree at NUI Galway which allows students to pursue French or German while completing the final year of the BComm. Admission to the BComm (International) is subject to meeting NUI Galway’s Leaving Certificate language entry requirements and places are limited.
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Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but maybe 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.
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.