Entry Points (2023)

Course Overview

This exciting four-year course in Commerce with a modern French will allow you to develop your language skills and live abroad while gaining valuable insights into international business and culture.It is the ideal international qualification for students who want to build an exciting career in another country or in an international firm, or who wish to significantly expand their career choices.
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.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

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. 

Additional Requirements

For Leaving Certificate - H3 in French
For A-Levels - Grade B in French

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


4 years

Next start date

September 2024

A Level Grades (2023)


Average intake


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Course Outline

Course Outline - Year 1

  • Principles of Microeconomics/Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Management Accounting/Financial Accounting
  • Business Information Systems and Information Management for Business
  • French
  • Mathematics for Business
  • Data Science for Business Analytics I
  • Management: Enterprise and Society
  • Foundations of Marketing Thought

Course Outline - Year 2

  • French
  • Applied Microeconomics for Business
  • Management Accounting I
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Business Finance I 
  • Macroeconomics & the Business Environment or Business Law I
  • Data Science for Business Analytics II
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • HRM & Decent Work
  • Plus one optional subject from the following:
    • International Financial Reporting I
    • Economics of Public Policy
    • Introduction to Financial Economics
    • Introduction to Sustainability 2
    • Entrepreneurial Venture Development
    • Marketing & Sustainability
    • Cybersecurity

Course Outline - Year 3

  • Students follow courses in languages and business studies at a university in France.

Course Outline - Year 4

  • Ireland in the Global Economy
  • Strategy
  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
  • French
  • Plus the opportunity to choose courses from the following areas:
    • Accounting & Performance Measurement
    • Economics and Public Policy
    • Management of Human Resources
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing Management
    • Business Law
    • Operations/Logistics  
    • Digital Business and Analytics
    • International Business
    • Enterprise

Curriculum Information

Curriculum 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 4 (60 Credits)

OptionalMS321: Web & Interactive Media Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMK314: Media & Marketing Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMK311: The Marketing of Services - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMG328: Human Resource Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMS325: Contemporary Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMS414: Business Intelligence and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalAY308: Taxation I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMS323: User Experience Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalEC345: Health Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalEC369: Money And Banking - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalAY321: Management Accounting II - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalAY325: International Financial Reporting II - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalIE309: Operations Research - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMS218: Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMK3101: Cases in Marketing Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalEC3101: Microeconomics and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalEC388: Environmental And Natural Resource Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalEC3105: Econometrics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMK3104: Marketing Research - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMG3110: Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMG3111: Entrepreneurial Finance - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMG3113: Megatrends - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalST311: Applied Statistics I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMS3110: The Future of Technology in Work and Society I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMG3120: Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Business - 5 Credits - Semester 7
RequiredEC423: Ireland in the Global Economy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
RequiredFR355: French - 5 Credits - Semester 7
OptionalMK303: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalMG323: International Business - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalMS319: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalEC362: Economics Of Financial Markets - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalEC386: Public Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalAY322: Management Accounting III - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalAY319: Taxation II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalAY314: Business Finance II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalAY326: International Financial Reporting III - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalMK341: Brand Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalMK3103: Digital Marketing Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalEC3102: Macroeconomics and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalMG3102: Work in a Global Context - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalMS4101: Implementing Digital Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalEC3100: Economics and Philosophy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalMK3105: Marketing Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalME353: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalMG3112: Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalMG3114: Founder Selling - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalEC429: Marine Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalEC3106: Behavioural Finance - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalST312: Applied Statistics II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalEC357: Development Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
OptionalEC3104: Agricultural and Food Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
RequiredMG3119: Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
RequiredMG3109: Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 8
RequiredFR356: French - 15 Credits - Semester 8

Further Education

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?

Career Opportunities

French is rated as the third most useful language for business, behind only English and Chinese. Our students acquire a high level of communication skills, finding employment in a wide variety of situations, both in Ireland and abroad, including education, administration, media, marketing, translation and interpreting. Graduates of this programme have found employment in: EU institutions, accounting, management consultancy, marketing, human resource management, finance (including banking & insurance), and economic policy advisory services.

Why Study French?
  • French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, both as a first language, mainly in Europe and North America, and as a second language globally, including many parts of Africa.
  • Students of French acquire a high level of written and spoken skills so that they can communicate accurately and effectively.
International Study Abroad

In year three of this programme students study courses in language and business at a university in France, during which you will significantly enhance both your linguistic abilities and your intercultural skills.

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Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise  (ICE) - A partnership with business to drive innovation with students

Final year students in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics are provided with the opportunity to put the business knowledge they have gained through their studies into practice through a module in Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise (ICE). Developed in conjunction with entrepreneur Pádraig O’Céidigh, the module involves partnering with local business leaders to provide opportunities for all students to engage in projects, requiring them to innovate in a variety of interesting areas in a business or community setting. More than 30 local business and community leaders get involved each year, mentoring students in group-based projects, requiring them to innovate in a variety of interesting areas.

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Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,598 p.a. (€5,738 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€18,500 p.a. (€18,640 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy** €140.  **Payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

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What Our Students Say


Ellen Murray |   Bachelor Commerce International with French

The range of topics and different pathways you can take is something that really attracted me to the course. The language option has really given me a broad-rounded education. I can’t imagine where my life would be now without French. I absolutely love it. Initially I wasn’t too sure whether my language skills would be able for the course however our French lecturer is unbelievable, and it gives edge to your personal profile - especially to employers.

Niamh Prendergast |   Final Year BComm International with French student

The small class size and the close one to one contact with the French coordinator helped develop my French. I learnt about the French business system strengthening my global business knowledge which future employers will value. We also focused on written, oral and grammar skills which improved my confidence and ability to communicate with French people on my study abroad in Strasbourg. The year abroad was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. I travelled across Europe getting a flavour for different cultures and nationalities as well as getting an insight into the French education system.
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David O' Malley |   Audit Trainee at KPMG

I spent my year abroad in Montpellier, France. The fact that I would have a year abroad was one of the main reasons as to why I decided to pick Commerce with French in the first place. It was an unbelievable experience. Living in France and speaking French to French people on a daily basis improved both my confidence and language skills immensely. My Erasmus year gave me the opportunity to make a lot of friends from all over the world who I am still in contact with today. I was also fortunate enough to travel during my year abroad. I got to see Barcelona play in the Nou Camp and see Ireland play France in Paris.

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