Commerce International

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Do you have an interest in business and culture? Do you have strong communication skills, analytical skills and the ability to think critically? These are just a small number of important skills needed to work in the world of international business. Pair a language of your choice with that and you’ll be on a flying path. 

What is Commerce International?

Commerce international is a combination of flexible business subjects, language skills and gaining an understanding of culture in international business. 

What third level courses are available?

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

  • Commerce International – UCD


  • Commerce International with German – UCC, NUI Galway
  • Commerce International with French – UCC, NUI Galway
  • Commerce International with Italian – UCC
  • Commerce International with Irish – UCC 
  • Commerce with Chinese Studies – UCC
  • Commerce with Spanish – NUI Galway

Studying Commerce International in college

Commerce International is offered with a range of languages between UCD, UCC and NUI Galway. All courses are Level 8 undergraduate degrees that are four years in length. There are many related degree and PLC courses in the area of commerce that will offer your opportunity into the area another avenue. PLC courses are typically 1-2 years in length. 

Your first year of any undergraduate degree will act as a foundation. This means that you will gain an introduction into the area and build a strong foundation in the basic areas and principles of Commerce International. You will gain an insight into what is to come throughout your studies in the four year course. 

Modules you may study in your first year of this course include Financial Accounting, Economics, Maths & Statistics, Organisational Behaviour, Management, Business in Society and modules in Language or Culture/Literacy modules. 

In your second year you will be introduced to more complex areas and in-depth information. These subject areas include modules such as Managerial Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Global Operations, Finance, Information & Communications Technology as well as continuing with your Language and Culture/Literacy modules depending on the route you choose.

Your third year of your course will give you the opportunity to study abroad on the Erasmus programme which is where your language modules will be helpful to practice and learn about universities and culture in your chosen destination. European language minors will study business subjects through their chosen language for the year while Chinese language minors will study one trimester through Chinese and two trimesters through English. 

Your final year will see you back in your university and studying modules from your language and culture modules to your particular business area that you have chosen to specialise in. Options include accounting, management, marketing, banking and finance and more. 

The above information is based on the course provided by University College Dublin (UCC). Different Universities may differ in their exact course content and structure so be sure to research your desired University in detail to ensure it suits you. 

Career Options

Career options in this area are quite broad like any area of business. Examples of career opportunities this course can bring include working in private, public, non-profit or NGO sectors as well as being self employed or setting up your own business. Job title examples are listed below.

There is also the option of continuing on your studies at postgraduate level to specialise in a particular area of your interest. There are also opportunities in education and research. 

There are a number of skills and qualities important in this area including strong communication skills, interpersonal skills, maths skills, time management skills, organisation skills, leadership skills, an analytical mind, an interest in languages and culture and a critical mind while computer skills may also be quite helpful. 

Related Jobs

  • Financial Analyst
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Business through your chosen language
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Investment Banker
  • Retail Manager


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. 

Specific courses may have their own requirements.Certain QQI courses may be accepted. 

Points needed to study in UCD for International Commerce last year were 511 points. The lowest points for a course in Commerce last year were 388 points to study Commerce International with Italian in UCC. Points range from 388 points up to 511 points depending on your exact option. 

Where can I study?

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

Did you know?

  • By the year 2040, it is estimated that 95% of all purchases will be done by e-commerce. 
  • The most productive working day of the week in businesses is reported to be Tuesday.
  • More than 80% of the internet population has used or bought goods and services online


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