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International Business & Languages / Gnó Idirnáisiúnta ┐Teangacha

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Business & Languages (Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish)

2023 CAO Points: 298

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



Other Grade Requirements

A minimum H4 in either French, German, Irish, Italian and Spanish

Mature Applicants
Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature
English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

This course has three key characteristics: the acquisition of business expertise, the acquisition of professional competence in one or more languages, and the third year spent abroad in the country of the student’s major language.

With increasing globalisation and dependency on international trade, fluency in other languages is vital to the success of businesses dealing with countries abroad. Students who successfully complete the course will be equipped to play a key role in companies and organisations seeking out new markets and/or expanding in them.

The course is shared equally between the School of Languages and the School of Marketing at TU Dublin. You’ll study the full range of business modules required to gain an in-depth understanding of international business. You’ll also study the language(s) of your choice and acquire a level of competency in the one or more languages that you need to work in multilingual and multicultural environments.

You’ll normally have obtained a minimum grade of H4 in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent in one or more of the languages offered on the course, currently Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian and Spanish.

You can also study a new language from beginner’s level and may specialise in it if you do well enough.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students must spend Year 3 in the country of their major language. This will normally be in a partner university but may be on a work placement.

  • Bank Official
  • Business Consultant
  • Development Worker
  • English Language Assistant
  • Event Organiser
  • Export Sales Manager
  • Financial Adviser
  • HR Administrator
  • International Aid Officer
  • International Investment Fund Manager
  • Interpreter
  • Lecturer
  • Management Consultant
  • Market Research Executive
  • Marketing Executive
  • Multilingual Customer Care
  • PR Officer
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Retail Manager
  • Sales Exec or Manager
  • Software Localisation Officer
  • Teacher
  • Third Secretary
  • Tour Guide or Manager
  • Tour Operator
  • Translator

Language Modules:

  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 1A (Post-LC)
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 1

Select 1 Option from:

  • Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 1B (Beginners)
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 1A (Post-LC)

Business Modules:

  • Accounting
  • Communication/Research Methodology
  • Marketing Theory
  • Principles of Business
  • Principles of Economics

Language Modules:

  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2A
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 2

Select 1 Option from:

  • Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2B
  • Cultural Module (e.g. Culture, Image, Identity and Memory; Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Linguistics, World Cinema)
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2A

Business Modules:

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • International Corporate Finance
  • International Trade & Globalisation
  • Introduction to Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Principles of Management

Spent in Partner University abroad in country of student’s major language OR on work placement in country where the main language of study is spoken.

European Language Modules:

  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Professional Communication

Select 2 Options from:

  • A Cultural Module (e.g. Art, Heritage and History of France; Creative Writing; Modernism; English Literature of Ireland; Hispanic Identities, The American West).
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Current Affairs
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Dissertation
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Translation and Interpreting
  • Professional Communication in a Second Language

Chinese Modules:

  • Chinese Oral Communication
  • Chinese Written Communication

Select 1 Option from:

  • Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Communication in a Second Language

Business Modules:

  • Current issues in Global Business
  • International Marketing
  • International Political Economy
  • Regulatory Framework

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

I think IBL is an excellent course that combines two very important disciplines needed in today’s globalised world: the ability to speak languages and an understanding of a great variety of business subjects. I like the way business subjects, such as Marketing, Management and Finance, are all interconnected throughout the course so that you often learn something in one subject and can instantly relate it to something you learnt in a different subject. That makes it more interesting and easier to understand. Two years ago, I started as a complete beginner and now I feel so confident in the language that I cannot wait to go on Erasmus next year!

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

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