Commerce (International) with German

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Are you interested in commerce and learning German? Would you like to combine the two and turn it into a career? Well, if you have excellent communication skills, literacy skills and a desire to work hard then this is the course for you. 

What is Commerce (International) with German?

A course in Commerce (International) with German combines different principles of commerce with the german language, literature and culture. 

What 3rd level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas: 

  • Commerce (International) with German – UCC, NUIG


  • Commerce (International) with French
  • Commerce (International) with Irish 
  • Commerce (International) with Italian
  • Commerce
  • Business Studies and German
  • Arts – German
  • Law and German

Studying Commerce (International) with German in college

Commerce with German is a Level 8 undergraduate course that is four years long. It is offered by UCC and NUI Galway. There are multiple opportunities to study both commerce and german separately but this course gives you the opportunity to combine the two to gain a BComm International degree. There are also relevant PLC courses available in the same area that will be 1-2 years in length.

You will gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of commerce and German in your first year of your course. You will also gain an insight into what is to come throughout your course in the coming years. Modules you will cover in your first year will include Financial Accounting, Business Economics, Introduction to Government and Politics, Business Information Systems, Introduction to the Legal System, Introduction to Business Law, Introduction to Management and Organisation, Introduction to Marketing and German at either beginner level, intermediate level or advanced level. 

Your second year will see you delve into more complex and in-depth information and modules. These will include Introduction to Management Accounting,  Business Economics,  Principles of Food Marketing, European Government and Politics, Introduction to Business Statistics as well as Integrated German Language Course. 

You will also choose electives from a broad list to study alongside your core modules. Examples of the options offered include Cultural and Intercultural Learning:  An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Year Abroad,  Political and Social Culture since 1945,  German Love Poetry, Deconstructing German National Identity, German Business and Culture Today and more.

In your third year of study you are offered the great opportunity to study abroad in an approved course in a partner university in either Germany or Austria. You will also be given the option to do work placement for a part of the year. 

For your fourth year you’ll be back on campus and focusing on your core modules alongside electives such as Linguistics II,  Teaching German as a Foreign Language, German Film in Focus:  A thematic Approach,  Interpreting Heinrich von Kleist’s Prose Fiction and German Irish Relations to name a few. 

The above information is based on the Commerce (International) with German course offered by UCC. The course in NUIG may differ in its course layout and content. 

Career Options

Examples of careers include roles in business, accounting, teaching, business through German and more. The areas of commerce and languages have a lot of opportunities separately so by combining the two you are increasing your career options and employment options. 

With any commerce and business related degree, many continue at postgraduate level to specialise in an area of their interest which will also increase employability chances. Roles in education and research are also an option. 

Skills and qualities that would be helpful and important in commerce and German include excellent communication skills, linguistic skills, an interest in both subjects, time management skills, research skills, a critical mind, an analytical thinker, organisation skills and the ability to work well with others. 

Related Jobs

Optional through German:

  • Accountant
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Writer
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Teaching
  • Researcher

Further Study

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Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always safest to check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English. 

PLC courses will accept Leaving Certificate results. Specific courses may have their own requirements.Certain QQI courses may be accepted. 

The points required to study Commerce (International) with German in UCC were 418 last year while the same course in NUIG was 489 points in 2020. 

Where can I study?

For other courses in the area you would like to explore, you can do so here.

Did you know?

  • The first e-commerce website was Amazon which was launched in 1995. Interestingly, it didn’t make any profit in its first 7 years. 
  • The population of Germany is 81 million people
  • In the German language, nouns can be masculine, feminine or neuter. 


Student Grant Scheme

Course information – UCC

Course Information – NUIG

Aedín Dunne

Commerce (International) with Irish 
Modern Irish Culture Studies


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