Entry Points (2021)

Course Overview

  • This exciting four-year course in Commerce with a modern French will allow you to develop your language skills and live abroad while gaining valuable insights into international business and culture.
  • It is the ideal international qualification for students who want to build an exciting career in another country or in an international firm, or who wish to significantly expand their career choices.
  • 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.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

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. 

Additional Requirements

For Leaving Certificate - H3 in French
For A-Levels - Grade B in French

4 years

Next start date

September 2022

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Course Outline

Course Outline - Year 1

  • Principles of Microeconomics/Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Management Accounting/Financial Accounting
  • Business Information Systems and Information Management for Business
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Business
  • Contemporary Marketing Thought
  • Contemporary Management Thought
  • French

Course Outline - Year 2

  • French
  • Inferential Statistical Methods for Business
  • Marketing Management
  • Applied Microeconomics for Business
  • Management Accounting I
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Business Finance I or Work & Employment Relations
  • Macroeconomics & the Business Environment or Business Law I
  • Plus one optional subject from the following:
    • International Financial Reporting I
    • Economics of Public Policy
    • Introduction to Financial Economics
    • Advances Statistical Methods for Business
    • Management of Organisational Change
    • The Psychology of Consumer Behaviour
    • Information Systems & Project Management

Course Outline - Year 3

  • Students follow courses in languages and business studies at a university in France.

Course Outline - Year 4

  • Ireland in the Global Economy
  • Business Strategy
  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
  • French
  • Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Plus the opportunity to choose courses from the following areas:
    • Accounting & Performance Measurement
    • Economics and Public Policy
    • Management of Human Resources
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing Management
    • Business Law
    • Operations/Logistics  
    • Digital Business and Analytics
    • International Business
    • Enterprise

Further Education

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?

Career Opportunities

French is rated as the third most useful language for business, behind only English and Chinese. Our students acquire a high level of communication skills, finding employment in a wide variety of situations, both in Ireland and abroad, including education, administration, media, marketing, translation and interpreting. Graduates of this programme have found employment in: EU institutions, accounting, management consultancy, marketing, human resource management, finance (including banking & insurance), and economic policy advisory services.

Why Study French?
  • French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, both as a first language, mainly in Europe and North America, and as a second language globally, including many parts of Africa.
  • Students of French acquire a high level of written and spoken skills so that they can communicate accurately and effectively.
International Study Abroad

In year three of this programme students study courses in language and business at a university in France, during which you will significantly enhance both your linguistic abilities and your intercultural skills.

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Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise  (ICE) - A partnership with business to drive innovation with students

Final year students in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics are provided with the opportunity to put the business knowledge they have gained through their studies into practice through a module in Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise (ICE). Developed in conjunction with entrepreneur Pádraig O’Céidigh, the module involves partnering with local business leaders to provide opportunities for all students to engage in projects, requiring them to innovate in a variety of interesting areas in a business or community setting. More than 30 local business and community leaders get involved each year, mentoring students in group-based projects, requiring them to innovate in a variety of interesting areas.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,738 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,666 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

Find out More

The JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics
T + 353 (0)91 492 612
F + 353 (0)91 494 546
E business@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


Niamh Prendergast |   Final Year BComm International with French student

The small class size and the close one to one contact with the French coordinator helped develop my French. I learnt about the French business system strengthening my global business knowledge which future employers will value. We also focused on written, oral and grammar skills which improved my confidence and ability to communicate with French people on my study abroad in Strasbourg. The year abroad was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. I travelled across Europe getting a flavour for different cultures and nationalities as well as getting an insight into the French education system.
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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...

David O' Malley |   Audit Trainee at KPMG

I spent my year abroad in Montpellier, France. The fact that I would have a year abroad was one of the main reasons as to why I decided to pick Commerce with French in the first place. It was an unbelievable experience. Living in France and speaking French to French people on a daily basis improved both my confidence and language skills immensely. My Erasmus year gave me the opportunity to make a lot of friends from all over the world who I am still in contact with today. I was also fortunate enough to travel during my year abroad. I got to see Barcelona play in the Nou Camp and see Ireland play France in Paris.

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