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Commerce with Spanish
Commerce with Spanish allows students to further their language skills and live abroad while gaining valuable experience of international business. It is the ideal qualification for students who want to build a career in another European Union country or in an international firm.
- 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.
Why study Commerce and Spanish in NUI Galway?
Regular exercises in written Spanish and weekly spoken language sessions develop an active command of the language with an emphasis on the business world. Courses are also offered in different aspects of social and economic life in Spain such as government structure, economic sectors and cases of successful Spanish companies.
Business subjects are taught through English.
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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 a continental language
Next start date
A Level Grades (2020)
Mode of study
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)Optional SH140: Intermediate Spanish Language - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH102: Spanish Language I (Beginners) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
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 ST1120: Data Science for Business Analytics I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS1100: Information Management for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC141: Principles of Macroeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AY105: Introduction to Management Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MK1100: Foundations of Marketing Thought - 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 SH212: Economic And Social Spanish I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required AY207: Management Accounting I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
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 AY209: International Financial Reporting I - 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 SH216: Spanish Language II (Applied) - 15 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required SH395: Year Abroad - Spanish - 60 Credits - Semester 5
Year 4 (60 Credits)Optional MG326: Employee Relations: Rights And Obligations - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AY321: Management Accounting II - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC369: Money And Banking - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AY308: Taxation I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS325: Contemporary Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS414: Business Intelligence and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS218: Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS323: User Experience Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS403: IS Strategy & Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK311: The Marketing of Services - 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 MK314: Media & Marketing Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG328: Human Resource Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional IE309: Operations Research - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC345: Health Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS321: Web & Interactive Media Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW423: Advanced Business Law - 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 EC423: Ireland in the Global Economy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required SH355: Economic And Social Spanish III - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW374: Banking Law - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY319: Taxation II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY322: Management Accounting III - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC386: Public Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional IE319: Operations Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY314: Business Finance II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK341: Brand Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW364: International Trade Law - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK303: Global Marketing - 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 EC362: Economics Of Financial Markets - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK3103: Digital Marketing Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional IE345: Logistics and Transportation - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MS319: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG323: International Business - 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 SH358.II: Spanish Language III (Applied) - 15 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 • Taxation • Commercial Advisory Services • Economic Policy Advisory Services • Marketing • Human Resource Management • Information Systems Management • Finance (including Banking & Insurance) • Information Systems Management.
Graduates with a degree in Spanish also often work as teachers 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 Spanish?
- Spanish is one of the three most commonly spoken languages in the world, with over 400 million speakers.
- Learning Spanish opens up access to many other countries, new markets and exciting cultures The ability to converse and write in Spanish offers a clear advantage to those working in areas such as business, tourism, education and information technology, to name but a few.
- Knowledge of Spanish will offer enhanced employment opportunities both in Ireland and around the world.
- You can study Spanish at NUI Galway even if you have no previous knowledge of the language.
In the Third Year students follow courses in Spanish and in the area of business studies at a university in Spain, Mexico and Chili. Their studies are supervised by their coordinator in Spanish at NUI Galway and by coordinators in our partner universities.
Students find this year stimulating and enjoyable; working side by side with Spanish-speaking students they benefit greatly, both intellectually and personally, from the experience.
Students may be attached to one of the following universities: Alcalá de Henares, Deusto (Bilbao), Granada, León, Salamanca, Valencia and Valladolid in Spain, FEN in Santiago de Chile or UNAM in Mexico City.
Click here to see where your Commerce degree can take you in the world!
BComm (General) and BComm (Global Experience) –Spanish Option
The Spanish language option is also open to first year students of the general BComm programme at Beginners and Advanced level. Students who pass their first year Spanish examination and after consultation with the Spanish department can then choose to transfer to second year BComm International with Spanish.
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Fees: Non EU
EU Fees 2020/21:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by 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.
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What Our Students Say
Aidan O'Sullivan-Ryan | Private Equity & Real Estate Financial Auditor at Deloitte
The three biggest benefits from travelling to Chile are: 1) I now have friends all over the world and have a greater understanding of each culture 2) My Spanish has improved drastically! Also, I now see the difference in how Spanish is spoken in different areas. 3) I had three months to travel through South America during which I travelled through Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina with friends I had made during my first semester. Words can't describe how incredible that was.
Jack Murray | Final year student
The lecturers and tutors at NUI Galway are very engaged in delivering quality teaching and making sure that all students are satisfied with their learning. Studying the Spanish language opens up an incredible amount of opportunities in both the professional and social spheres. The teaching was done in a very intuitive way, using spoken classes as well as the grammar/writing classes to cover all aspects of the language and assure a deep understanding of it and its many facets. The economic and social Spanish classes also gave an insight into a complex and interesting culture. I spent my year abroad in Chile and it was without a doubt the most fulfilling and interesting year of my life. I met many amazing people, saw otherworldly landscapes and learned about a completely different business culture, all the while perfecting my Spanish. I feel this course has prepared me well for the working world by teaching me the values of being flexible and incorporating many elements into my work ethic, I feel I could adapt to almost any professional situation coming out of university.
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