UCC Undergraduate courses

Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies

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

China has been undergoing rapid economic growth and presents excellent opportunities for the international business community. The BComm (International) with Chinese Studies combines a wide range of business modules and the study of Mandarin Chinese with courses on contemporary Chinese society, popular culture, media, politics and modern history.

The degree will help you to understand and operate within a wide range of business areas at home and abroad.

Year 3 of the course is spent studying in a partner institution in China.


Year 1 Modules:


  • AC1102 Financial Accounting (5 credits);
  • EC1202 Economic Reasoning for Business (5 credits)
  • GV1102 Introduction to Government and Politics (5 credits);
  • LW1108 Introduction to the Legal System (5 credits);
  • LW1109 Introduction to Business Law (5 credits);
  • MG1004 Introduction to Management and Organisation (5 credits);
  • MG1006 Principles of Marketing in International Environments (5 credits);
  • ST1023 Introduction to Business Statistics (5 credits);
  • CH1100 Chinese Culture and Society (10 credits)

And choose modules to the value of 10 credits as follows:

CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) (10 credits) (Beginners' Level: Note: Minimum grade H3 in a language other than English)
CH2103 Modern Chinese Business Language (10 credits) (Non-Beginners', Note: Students should present their 2-year valid HSK test results or their level of the Chinese language will be assessed by the Asian Studies Department using the HSK Chinese proficiency test as a benchmark).

Year 2 Modules:


Chinese Language;  An Introduction to Business in China;  Modern Chinese Business Language;  A Continuous Revolution - China in the 20th Century;  Chinese Politics or Popular Culture in East Asia


Management Accounting;  Chinese Cinema;  Economics;  Food Marketing;  International Relations of Asia;  Business Information Systems;  Law;  Management

Year 3 Modules:

Year 3 is spent studying abroad, normally within the business faculty of the international partner institution.

Year 4 Modules:


Modern Chinese Business Language


Current Issues in Business Management in China;  China and Globalisation;  The Sinosphere;  Culture and Modernisation in Greater China;  Ethnicity, Class and Gender in China; Accounting;  Finance and 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

You will be expected to attend approximately 300 hours of lectures a year and complete private study and language learning outside the classes.

Why Choose This Course

I think it's a really relevant course to today's job market.

Brian Kiely

BComm, Commerce International (Chinese Studies)

The course offers an opportunity to study in China during Year 3. It combines an in-depth study of Chinese culture and society with the opportunity to learn advanced Mandarin Chinese.

Postgraduate opportunities are available on completion of this degree course, such as Higher Diploma, MBS, MComm, MSC, MPhil or MA by research.

You may also study postgraduate courses run by other universities, including language disciplines.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

You will have the opportunity to study in a partner institution in China during Year 3 of the course.

Skills and Careers Information

Our graduates are attractive to organisations that do business internationally. 

Possible careers include:

  • diplomatic services
  • conference and exhibition managers and organisers
  • customer service occupations
  • international student recruitment officers
  • marketing and sales professionals
  • officers of non-governmental organisations
  • public relations professionals
  • teaching and other educational professionals
  • researchers
  • translators/interpreters
  • business and financial project management professionals


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. A H3 in a language other han English in the Leaving Certificate is required (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate).   Approximately two places are available on this programme for mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.


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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