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Commerce (International) with German

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Commerce (International) with German

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BComm International

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    1 x H3, 1 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Maths, H3 in language other than English. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    Unavailable from 2022

  • CAO Points Range

    Unavailable from 2022

Course Outline

Combining business subjects with the study of the German language and culture, this degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a fast-changing global business environment.

This four-year degree course will educate you in the field of business and commerce, as well as in the language, literature, culture and society of German-speaking countries.

It also provides you with the possibility of gaining practical commercial experience in Germany and Austria through internships during your year abroad.

Year 3 of the course is spent studying and or working abroad, in a German-speaking country.


Year 1 Modules:

  • AC1102  Financial Accounting (5 credits);
  • EC1202 Business Economics I (5 credits);
  • GV1102 Introduction to Government and Politics (5 credits);
  • IS1105 Business Information Systems (5 credits);
  • LW1108 Introduction to the Legal System (5 credits);
  • LW1109 Introduction to Business Law (5 credits);
  • MA1100 Introductory Mathematics for Business I (5 credits);
  • MG1004 Introduction to Management and Organisation (5 credits);
  • MG1006 Principles of Marketing in International Environments (5 credits);
  • GE1101 (10 credits) and GE1102 (Intermediate Level German) (5 credits) or GE1103 (10 credits) and GE1104 (Beginner Level German) (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules:


Introduction to Management Accounting;  Business Economics;  Principles of Food Marketing;  European Government and Politics;  Management Information Systems;  International Management and Organisation;  Introduction to Business Statistics;  Integrated German Language Course for BComm International Students


Cultural and Intercultural Learning:  An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Year Abroad;  Political and Social Culture since 1945;  German Love Poetry;  Linguistics I;  Novelle and Kurzprosa;  German Literature from 18th to 21st Century; Constructing and Deconstructing German National Identity;  German Business and Culture Today;  Memory and Identity in Contemporary Generational Narratives

Year 3 Modules:

Study of a programme of approved courses at a partner university in Germany or Austria, with the option of spending a part of the year engaged in Work Placement.

Year 4 Modules:


Advanced Integrated Language Course;  Commercial Language:  German


Linguistics II;  Teaching German as a Foreign Language;  German Film in Focus:  A thematic Approach;  Interpreting Heinrich von Kleist's Prose Fiction;  German Irish Relations;  Nietzsche fur Alle und Keinen;  Language and Interpretation;  The Double Face of Germany:  Representing the Holocaust;  The German Company from the Perspective of the Employee;  Ideas of Europe:  Imagining European Identity;  European Cultural Identity, Living Rooms, Houses, Woods, Rivers, Villages & Cities: Fiction and Topographies;  Loneliness with a Trilling 'R':  Migration, Multilingualism and Literature

plus modules to be taken from one of the subject groups:  Accounting, Finance & Information Systems;  Business Economics;  Food Business and Development;  Government;  Law; Management and Marketing;  Mathematics and Statistics

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Course Practicalities

Language modules: 3-4 contact hours in Year 1; 4-5 contact hours in Years 2 and 4 (commercial language, discussion and essay writing, translation, grammar, oral practice). You will be expected to spend a minimum of six hours a week on self-directed study (homework, e-learning, reading). All language classes are taught in small groups and are communicatively oriented.

Why Choose This Course

The programme gave me a variety and breadth of learning on both the business aspects and language elements.

Saoirse Fitzgerald

BComm, Commerce International (German)

The BComm International with German course in UCC distinguishes itself through the particular emphasis put on cultural and intercultural expertise in the context of business studies, as well as providing tailored business German content courses.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

During Year 3, students will take an array of business subjects through German at one of our partner universities in Germany (Konstanz, Leipzig, Rostock, Jena, Bayreuth, Regensburg or Passau) or Austria (University of Klagenfurt, Economic University of Vienna).

While on the year abroad, you can gain practical experience in Semester II by undertaking a placement in Germany or Austria (details must be approved with the Programme Co-Ordinator, Dr. Claire O Reilly, in advance).

Skills and Careers Information

The double focus of the course on both business and linguistic studies will provide you with an additional expertise which significantly improves your career chances in an increasingly globalised economic environment.

In recent years, the department has successfully worked towards including practical business elements and strengthening the intercultural communicative skills of our students.


Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H3 in one subject, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:




Other Language






H3 in a language other than English

Other Language


Specific language requirements for German: Students wishing to sign up to beginners German must have a H3 in a modern European language (including Irish, Latin or Greek). Students wishing to select non-beginners German must have a H4 in German in addition to their H3 in another language.


Mature students: 

Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended and applicants must have a H3 in a language other than English (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate).  Approximately three places are available on this programme for mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.


Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. Find out about the mature entry requirements here

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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