Students of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics choose to spend either half the year on an international work placement programme and the other half studying abroad or the full year studying abroad. For students abroad, tuition is through English and they can study both business and non-business modules.

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Study abroad opportunities per programme:

  • B.COMM GLOBAL EXPERIENCE In year three:  One semester studying abroad in North America, Australia, China/Hong Kong or Europe and one semester of work placement in Ireland, or full academic year of study abroad.
  • BIS students have the option to study abroad in our partner universities in year 2. Some of our partners include Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kogod School of Business (Washington DC, USA), Montana State University (USA), Lehigh University (NY, USA), and ESC Rennes (France). This opportunity is offered on a competitive basis. Click here to see where your B.I.S degree can take you in the world!
  • B.Comm Accounting. Students on this programme have the opportunity to add an international experience dimension to their degree at the end of second year, when they may apply on a competitive basis to transfer from the three-year B Comm (Accounting) degree to a four-year B Comm (Accounting) with international experience. Successful applicants will spend one semester of their third year at an international university studying business through English, either in Europe, North America or further afield and a second semester in a work placement. The students will then return to NUI Galway for fourth year to complete their degree.
  • B.Comm International (French, German, Spanish) On completing the first two years of the degree in Galway, students transfer to the country in which their chosen language degree is spoken (France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Chile etc.) for a year, where they enrol in one of the universities with which we have exchange programmes. There you follow courses in your chosen language and in Business Studies. 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.

We welcome students from North America and Europe, here is our link for Visiting Students to the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

International Affairs Office

What our students say:



...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... 
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