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Commerce with German
- The Bachelor of Commerce (International with German) degree is a four year internationally recognised undergraduate programme which develops students’ Business and German Language skills.
- Graduates of this programme not only have a great business qualification but also an international language. This international experience and qualification is highly sought after in today’s competitive global job market.
- The large range of subjects in the first two years of the programme give students a broad knowledge of business and allows them to decide which area of business is best for them.
- In third year, students spend a year abroad studying modules in languages and business at an approved university. Students have the opportunity to study abroad at some of the world’s most elite universities and business schools, and gain an alternative perspective on education in another country. The international year provides students with the opportunity to experience a new culture and build a network of global connections. You will also develop your cross-cultural awareness and communication skills.
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Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
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.
For A-Levels - Grade C in German
Next start date
A Level Grades (2020)
Mode of study
• Principles of Microeconomics/ Macroeconomics
• Introduction to Management Accounting/ Financial Accounting
• Business Information Systems • Information Management for Business
• Mathematics and Statistics for Business
• Foundations of Marketing Thought
• Management and Enterprise
• Inferential Statistical Methods for Business
• Marketing Management
• Applied Microeconomics for Business
• Management Accounting I
• Organisational Psychology
• Business Finance I or Employment Relations
• Macroeconomics and the Business
• Environment or Business Law I Plus one optional module from the following: · Accounting · Economics · Management · Marketing · Statistics · Business Information Systems
• Students follow modules in languages and business studies at a university in Germany or Austria
• Ireland in the Global Economy
• Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
• Business Strategy • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
• German • Plus the opportunity to choose modules from the following areas: · Accounting and Performance Measurement · Economics and Public Policy · Human Resource Management · Digital Business and Analytics · Marketing Management · Finance · Business Law · International Business · Entrepreneurship
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required MG1101: Management and Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC139: Principles of Microeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AY104: Introduction to Financial Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MA119: Mathematics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS120: Business Information Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required GR141: German Language I (Advanced) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required ST1120: Data Science for Business Analytics I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS1100: Information Management for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MK1100: Foundations of Marketing Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AY105: Introduction to Management Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC141: Principles of Macroeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required ST2120: Data Science for Business Analytics II - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MK2101: The Psychology of Consumer Behaviour - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EC2100: Applied Microeconomics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MG2100: Organisational Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required GR222: German - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required AY207: Management Accounting I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional AY209: International Financial Reporting I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW190: Business Law 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MG325: Employment Relations - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EC247: Introduction to Financial Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional AY208: Business Finance I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EC259: Economics of Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ST2218: Advanced Statistical Methods for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MG2101: Entrepreneurial Venture Development - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EC2101: Macroeconomics and the Business Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MS2100: Cybersecurity - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MK2102: Marketing & Sustainability - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required GR223: German - 15 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required GR395: Year Abroad - German - 60 Credits - Semester 5
Year 4 (60 Credits)Optional IE309: Operations Research - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC369: Money And Banking - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK311: The Marketing of Services - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG326: Employee Relations: Rights And Obligations - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW423: Advanced Business Law - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS218: Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS403: IS Strategy & Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC345: Health Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK314: Media & Marketing Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS325: Contemporary Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS414: Business Intelligence and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS321: Web & Interactive Media Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS323: User Experience Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG328: Human Resource Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW427: European Union Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AY325: International Financial Reporting II - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AY321: Management Accounting II - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AY308: Taxation I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK3101: Cases in Marketing Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC3101: Microeconomics and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC388: Environmental And Natural Resource Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional ME5102: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC3105: Econometrics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG3101: Contemporary Issues in Work and Organisations - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW229: Company Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SBE3002: Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW333: Comparative Competition Law - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC382: International Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK3104: Marketing Research - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SBE3006: Entrepreneurial Finance - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW383: Information Technology Law - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SBE3108: Megatrends - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG3104: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW356: Industrial And Intellectual Property Law - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required GR355: Applied Language - German - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required EC423: Ireland in the Global Economy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW374: Banking Law - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK341: Brand Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK303: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC362: Economics Of Financial Markets - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC386: Public Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional IE345: Logistics and Transportation - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MS319: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY322: Management Accounting III - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW428: European Union Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY326: International Financial Reporting III - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional IE319: Operations Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY319: Taxation II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY314: Business Finance II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG323: International Business - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK3103: Digital Marketing Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW364: International Trade Law - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC3102: Macroeconomics and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG3100: Human Resource Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG3102: Work in a Global Context - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW231: Company Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC3104: Agricultural and Food Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MS4101: Implementing Digital Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC3100: Economics and Philosophy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK3105: Marketing Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SBE3007: Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SBE3109: Founder Selling - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional ME353: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required SBE3001: Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required MG3103: Business Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required GR356: Applied Language - German - 15 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK316: Social and Non-Profit Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Graduates can also go on to select from a range of postgraduate programmes in their chosen discipline at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics.
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates of the B Comm (International) at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics are highly successful and sought after in all areas of Business. Graduates go on to work in a variety of careers including
- EU institutions such as The European Central Bank, The Diplomatic Service and The European Parliament
- Accounting - both professional practice and industry.
- Management Consultancy
- Commercial Advisory Services
- Economic Policy Advisory Services
- Human Resource Management
- Information Systems Management
- Finance (including Banking & Insurance)
- Information Systems Management
Graduates with a degree in German also often work as teachers—at primary, secondary and third level, and in private language colleges—or they find employment in areas such as journalism, television, radio, media, arts administration, interpreting, technical translation, multilingual secretarial and reception work, tourism and the diplomatic service.
Graduates with good language skills are in demand by local, national and multinational businesses.
Why Study German?
- German is the native language of about 100 million people, and 38% of all Europeans speak German in Austria, Switzerland and elsewhere Germany is the most important trading partner for almost all European and many non-European countries.
- Speaking German is key to success in the job market—in Ireland, Germany and the European Union.
- When you graduate you will have acquired a high level of proficiency in German and a deep understanding of the culture and history of Germany.
Students studying German spend one year studying at one of NUI Galway’s partner universities in Germany or Austrian. The year abroad allows students to reach a high degree of fluency in German and to enjoy valuable intercultural experiences.
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What Our Students Say
Sarah Whelan | HR Generalist at Arup Engineering Consultants
...I chose the B Comm International with German at NUI Galway. Being in a global business world also means that having a language other than English is very important. The B Comm International has definitely helped me develop my language and business skills. Along with learning all the important business terms in German, I also improved my writing and spelling skills in German. The course coordinator was fantastic. She gave us so much help and advice. All the lecturers were always very approachable and helpful...
Emma Cleere | Sales Development Representative, Siteminder
Spending four years studying Commerce with German in NUIG was a decision which I will be forever grateful for. In school, I had always struggled with German as a subject. However, I found studying German at college to be very different. Smaller interactive class sizes combined with dedicated lecturers greatly enhanced the learning experience. German, once my least favourite subject in school, ended up being one of the most enjoyable throughout college. Having a language makes you very employable. My current employer, an international firm with their European headquarters here in Galway, were impressed by my Business knowledge and my ability to speak German in my role. I’d advise anyone who is looking for a versatile yet specialised degree in Commerce with a language to definitely consider studying Commerce International with German in NUIG.
Lorna Benson | Sales and Service Consultant (German), Wayfair
I decided to study Commerce International with German as I feel it is important to have a European language in today’s global business world. The course itself is very well structured in NUI Galway, allowing one to experience different aspects of Commerce in first year before branching into your chosen stream. Looking back, the German language was my favourite aspect of this course as I learned the skills necessary to allow me work comfortably through German on a day-to-day basis in my current career. The ERASMUS programme is one of my fondest memories from my time at NUI Galway. This year has complimented the knowledge from my degree and allowed me to gain invaluable experience. If you have a passion for Commerce I would highly recommend incorporating a European language in your degree. I believe having a European language significantly enhances your job prospects.