Commerce (International) with Irish 

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Do you want to work in the world of commerce? Have you a passion for the Irish language and want to develop your skills in both of these subjects combined? If you have a great work ethic, an analytical mind and excellent communication skills then this course is certainly worth having a look at. 

What is Commerce (International) with Irish?

Exactly as you’d expect, this course combines principles of commerce with the Irish 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 Irish – UCC


  • Gnó agus Gaeilge
  • Law and Irish 
  • Irish Language, Literature and Translation
  • Commerce
  • Commerce with French
  • Commerce with German
  • Commerce with Italian

Studying Commerce (International) with Irish in college

Commerce with Irish is a Level 8 undergraduate course that is four year long. It is offered by UCC. There are many other courses and opportunities to study both commerce and Irish separately or commerce with another language but this course will give you the opportunity to study them together. There are also related PLC courses available that will give you an idea of what is involved in a course like this. 

Your first year of any undergraduate course will give you a foundation in the areas of commerce and Irish and give you the opportunity to cover the basic principles of both subjects. Modules you will study in your first year 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, Bunstaidéar ar Theanga agus ar Chultúr na Gaeilge and Introduction to Marketing.

In your second and third of study, you will be introduced to more complex and specific areas and develop your knowledge even further. You will continue to cover core modules including Introduction to Management Accounting,  Business Economics,  Principles of Food Marketing, Introduction to Business Statistics and Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge, to name a few. 

You will choose from electives including Filíocht na hOchtú hAoise Déag,  Prós na Seachtú hAoise Déag, Léann agus Lámhscríbhinní na Gaeilge, Logainmníocht na Gaeilge,  Dialann na Gaeilge, Cineálacha Scéalaíochta: An Litriocht Bhéil agus an Gearrscéal Liteartha, Fograíocht na Gaeilge and  An Ghaeltacht.

Third year will see you take work placement to apply your skills on the job in Ireland or you can choose to study in Scotland during the same period. 

Your final and fourth year will see you back at UCC where you will continue to study your core modules and new electives. 

Career Options

When studying commerce and any language, separately they are both fields of wide opportunity in terms of employment as they are quite broad. When you study the two together, more doors and opportunities can open up. Examples of careers include roles in business, accounting, teaching, business through Irish and more. 

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 Irish 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 well with others. 

Related Jobs

Optional through Irish:

  • Writer
  • Marketing 
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Accountant
  • Interpreter
  • 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 this Commerce with Irish in UCC were 484 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 oldest remains of ancient Irish can be traced back to Ogham Stones from the 5th and 6th cent
  • Irish is one of the oldest living languages in Europe
  • The first e-commerce website was Amazon which was launched in 1995. Interestingly, it didn’t make any profit in its first 7 years. 


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Aedín Dunne

Early and Modern Irish
Commerce (International) with German


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