Bachelor of Arts (Riarachán Gnó)

Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

Course overview

This innovatice course lasts four years and aims to equip graduates with a range of practical and analytical skills that will enable them to work effectively through the medium of Irish and English in a bilingual administrative and business environemtn. During the course, students do a combination of academic study and training through the medium of Irish. they spend one year of the course on a work placement or studying abroad.
The course is run by Acadamh na hOllscolaochta Gaeilge (NUI Galway) in partnership with Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). Classes are held in Ionad an Acadaimh, Gaoth Dobhair, and all teaching is done throught the medium of Irish. The course has been running in gaoth Dobhair since 2008.
Throughtout the course the emphasis is on general business and communication skills. In year one and two you will acquire communication, business and IT skills as well as a good foundation of business theories and principles. You will also gain an insight into the social and cultural environment in whihc bilingual organisations function. In year three you will have the choice of a work placement or of studying abroad. In year four, you will complete a research project.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of Grade C3 (Higher level) in Irish and another subject and a minimum of Grade D3 in another four subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including English and another language.

Additional requirements

For Leaving Certificate: HC3 in Irish
For A-Levels: Grade C in A-Level Irish (Gaeilge)

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2012

Entry points(2011): N/A

A Level Grades (2011): N/a

Average intake: 20

Course outline

Course Outline - Year 1
  • Bunús na Bainistíochta (Introduction to Management)
  • Bunús na hEacnamaíochta (Introduction to Economics)
  • Cuntasaíocht I (Accounting I)
  • Bunús Matamaitice agus Staitisticí (Foundation in Maths and Statistics)
  • Fiontraíocht (Entrepreneurship)
  • Córais Ríomhaireachta & Crua-Earraí (Computer Systems and Hardware)
  • Feidhmchláir Ríomhaireachta (Computer Applications)
  • Scileanna Cumarsáide I (Communication Skills I)
  • Forbairt Pobail I (Community Development I)
  • Forbairt Pobail II (Community Development II)
Course Outline - Year 2
  • Margaíocht (Marketing)
  • Eacnamaíocht (Economics)
  • Forbairt Fiontair (Enterprise Development)
  • Cuntasaíocht II (Accounting II)
  • Iompraíocht Eagraíochtúil (Organisational Behaviour)
  • Feidhmchláir Ríomhaireachta Gnó (Computer Applications for Business)
  • Teicneolaíochtaí Idirlín & Ilmheán (Internet and Multimedia Technologies)
  • Scileanna Cumarsáide II (Communication Skills II)
  • Riarachán Poiblí (Public Administration)
  • Bunús na Pleanála Teanga (Introduction to Language Planning)
Course Outline - Year 3
  • Socrúchán Oibre (Internship) or Bliain Staidéir thar lear (Year studying abroad)
Course Outline - Year 4
  • Gnó Idirnáisiúnta (International Business)
  • Bainistíocht Straitéiseach (Strategic Management)
  • Bainistíocht Airgeadais Gnó (Financial Management)
  • Bainistíocht Margaíochta (Marketing Management)
  • Bainistíocht Acmhainní Daonna (Human Resource Management)
  • Bunachair Shonraí & Córais Bhainistíocht Faisnéise (Databases and Information Management Systems)
  • Scileanna Cumarsáide III (Communication Skills III)
  • Pleanáil Teanga (Language Planning)
  • Modhanna Taighde (Research Methods)
  • Miontráchtas (Dissertation)  

Further education

At the end of the programme students have an opportunity to continue with their education in NUI Galway and study a postgraduate degree. Among the Masters programmes on offer is the MA in LAnguage Planning (GYA76 on

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Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge
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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822
 - Tuition: €3,348
 - Student contribution: €2,250
 - Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €12,750

Current Students

Francesca Leonardi

Year Two, BA (Riarachán Gnó)

"...I am a student on the BA course in Business Administration. One of the main reasons I chose to do this degree was to learn good business and communication skills. The fact that the course is being taught through the medium of Irish means that I am improving my written and spoken Irish all the time. It's an exciting course with great prospects. For example, I am only in the first year and already I have plans to start my own business. I now have knowledge of economics, management, accounts and computing skills that I need to achieve my objective..."


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