UCC Undergraduate courses

Commerce (International) with Italian

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Commerce (International) with Italian

  • 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 Italian language and culture, this degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a fast-changing global business environment.

The BComm (International) with Italian produces business graduates who can work through Italian, who have strong analytical skills, and who have an understanding of Italian society. Most of our students have no Italian before joining us, but your degree provides access to the language, culture and society of an important country, both politically and economically.

You will take commerce subjects alongside students in the BComm and in the other BComm (International) courses. Italian is a small, accessible department, where learning takes place in small groups, allowing you to reach a high level of linguistic proficiency and to develop important critical skills.

Year 3 of this four-year degree is spent studying business courses at a prestigious partner university in Italy. 


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);
  • IT1101 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits) or
  • IT1102 Non-Beginners' Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits);
  • IT1201 Post-Unification Italian Culture and Society (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules:


Introduction to Management Accounting;  Business Economics II;  Principles of Food Marketing;  European Government and Politics;  Management Information Systems;  International Management and Organisation;  Introduction to Business Statistics;  Intermediate Italian Language;  Language of the Italian Media


Elective modules may include: Primo Levi: the Survivor and His Work; Italian Crime Narratives; Issues in Contemporary Italian Society through Films and Documentaries; New Italians: Race, Identity and Memory in Contemporary Literature.

Year 3 Modules:

Study of a programme of approved courses at a partner university in Italy.  The option of spending a part of the year engaged in an approved Work Placement is to be introduced.

Year 4 Modules:


Advanced Italian Language; Business Italian and Introduction to Translation (Italian to English)


Elective modules may include: Dante, Inferno; Italian Contributions to European Culture; Foodways: Culture, History, Identity; Dante's Commedia: The Poetic Path to Paradise; The Cinematic Representation of the Anni di Piombo.

plus modules to be taken from one of the following 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

In each year of the course, you will have between 15-20 contact hours per week and are also required to study independently. In Italian, this may include an online language course, reinforcing classwork and taken whenever and wherever you have internet access, or in the language laboratories.

Why Choose This Course

I feel I have gained a lot from the course, especially the Erasmus year in Genoa, and I would definitely recommend it.

James Blake

Graduate, 2013

Our graduates are working in a wide range of sectors, in Italy, Ireland and other countries. First destinations and current roles include:

  • posts in marketing with Bord Bia, Heineken Italia and Enterprise Ireland
  • posts in the financial sector with AIB, Bank of Ireland and MPS Asset Management (Ireland) Ltd (now Anima Asset Management (Ireland) Ltd)
  • posts in accounting with EMC

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Italian at UCC has a graduate work-placement arrangement with an Italian investment bank in Dublin, and we plan to introduce the possibility of including work placements in the Third Year of our degree course.

Skills and Careers Information

Italian is not widely taught in Irish schools and, consequently, our student numbers are small compared, for example, to those in French.

Demand by employers in Ireland for graduates of Italian with the strong language, analytical and business skills is currently greater than supply, but many of our graduates also choose to work in Italy or other countries.

See here for examples of the career paths taken by graduates. UCC Italian graduates also have an exclusive LinkedIn Group, where information on vacancies is exchanged.


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

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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