Commerce (International) with Italian

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Do you have an interest in commerce and languages? Do you want to develop your skills in both areas while pairing commerce with Italian? If so, this could be the right course for you. If you have an analytical mind, the ability to research, linguistic skills and a passion for both areas then take a look at this course!

What is Commerce (International) with Italian?

Commerce with Italian will combine the different principles with the Italian 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 Italian – UCC


  • Commerce
  • Commerce with French
  • Commerce with German
  • Arts – Italian
  • Italian/Modern Language 

Studying Commerce (International) with Italian in college

Commerce with Italian is a four year, Level 8 course that is offered by University College Cork. The course will give you the opportunity to combine different principles of commerce with the Italian language. Both can be studied separately but this course brings the two 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 Italian 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 and Introduction to Management and Organisation as well as Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian, either beginners or non-beginners and Post-Unification Italian Culture and Society.

Your second year will introduce you to more complex and in depth areas while helping you to develop and expand your knowledge and skills in the areas of both commerce and Italian.  You will continue to cover core modules including Introduction to Management Accounting,  Business Economics,  Principles of Food Marketing, Introduction to Business Statistics and your Italian modules, Intermediate Italian Language and Language of the Italian Media. 

In your third year of study your skills and knowledge will be applied practically through work placement if you choose to do so. You can choose to spend a part of your third year doing work experience while for the rest of the year you will have the opportunity to study a programme of approved courses at a partner university in Italy. 

Your final and fourth year will see you back at UCC where you will continue to study your core modules and new electives and Italian modules such as an Introduction to Translation. 

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 Italian 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 work 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 course in UCC was 388 points last year.

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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