What are the CAO points?

The points in 2023 was as follows:

Bachelor of Commerce: 441

Bachelor of Commerce (Global Experience): 543

How many contact hours are there per week?

Depending on module selection, students can expect to be in-class approximately 18-20 hours per week. Students are expected to equal this time with individual study, group projects, assignments and class preparation.

Can I transfer from the Bachelor of Commerce to the Bachelor of Commerce (Global Experience)?

The Bachelor of Commerce can be extended from three to four years. We offer students a competitive opportunity based on student performance and merit to enhance their studies, spending one academic year studying abroad or one academic year on work placement or one semester studying abroad along with a one-semester work placement. In the third year students will study a range of business courses in English at an international partner university in North America, Australia, Asia or Europe, providing students with an invaluable experience and graduating with a BComm (Global Experience) degree. Students will return to University of Galway to complete their final year.

Do I pay additional fees to my host institution on my study abroad?

No. Students pay their fees to University of Galway as they do in other years. This is a fantastic opportunity for students, as they benefit from studying at world-class institutions, whose fees for full-time students are significantly higher than University of Galway’s.

What is the difference between the BComm (Global Experience) and BComm (International)?

There are two key differentiators between these programmes:

1. The BComm (International) does not have a work placement involved as part of the programme.

2. The BComm (Global Experience) does not have a language component. All subjects on the study abroad are taught through English. Students do have the opportunity to study German or Spanish in first year if they wish to do so. However to continue this language element after 1st year, they must apply to transfer into the BComm (International). Modules in Chinese language and culture are offered in final year.

What areas can I specialise in?

Our courses allow you specialise in the following areas:

· Accounting & Performance Measurement

· Economics & Public Policy

· Human Resource Management

· Marketing Management

· Digital Business & Analytics (Business Information Systems)

· Finance

· International Business

· Business Law

· Enterprise

· Management

How can I go into secondary school teaching from studying a BComm degree?

Students can complete the Master of Education programme at University of Galway: https://www.universityofgalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/education-master.html

For more information on Curricular Subject Requirements (Post Primary) visit: curricular-subject-requirements-after-january-2023.pdf (teachingcouncil.ie)

Do I need to have studied a language before I apply?

Students must complete a modern EU language to be eligible for entry into our Business programmes.

Where will I be located on my work placement?

Students can be placed anywhere in the country. Placements are predominantly located in Galway and Dublin.

For the first time, this year we have a number of students who are completing their work placements in Luxembourg.

Work Placement partners include: • Abbott • Accenture • Aerogen • Alkermes • Aviva • Boston Scientific • Corrib Oil • Creganna • DHKN • ESB Group • Galway Bay Hotel • Grant Thornton • KPMG • Mazars • Medtronic • PwC • Shelbourne Hotel • UCHG • Wayfair • Zurich

Are work placements paid?

Every effort is made by our Placement Officer to secure paid work placements. In the 2023/24 academic year, all work placements were paid. However paid placement cannot be guaranteed for all students.

Can I study a language?

Students have the option to study Spanish, German or Gaeilge if they should so wish.

To continue this language after first year, students can apply to transfer into the BComm (International) or BComm (Gaeilge) programme.

What is the Deloitte Global Scholarship?

The University of Galway has been in partnership with Deloitte since 2018 for the University’s BComm Global Experience course. As part of the collaboration, Deloitte offers funding over five years to support students during their studies abroad.

Sinead Gogan, Chief Human Resources Officer at Deloitte Ireland, said: ‘’As the largest professional services firm globally, we understand the importance of growth through international experience and early access to the work environment alongside academic learning. Our collaboration will offer high performing University of Galway students an exceptional opportunity to connect with leading Deloitte professionals and alumni.’’

In September 2018, the first Deloitte Global Scholars began traveling abroad. The funding for this program was renewed in 2024, amounting to €550,000 for the next five years. This initiative strengthens the long-standing partnership between Deloitte and the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at the university, which dates back to the establishment of the BComm (Global Experience) degree. It also solidifies Deloitte's commitment to supporting education and academic excellence in the Connacht region.

Click Deloitte - University of Galway Partnership for more information.

Are there alternative entry routes to the BComm/BComm (Global Experience) programme?

For information on FETAC entry routes options please visit: http://www2.cao.ie/fetac/fetac_search.php

For information on transferring from an alternative programme visit: Internal Transfers - University of Galway