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Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies (BComm International)


Programme Description

Combining business subjects with the study of the Chinese language and culture, this degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a fast-changing global business environment.

China has been undergoing rapid economic growth and presents excellent opportunities for the international business community. The BComm (International) with Chinese Studies combines a wide range of business modules and the study of Mandarin Chinese with courses on contemporary Chinese society, popular culture, media, politics and modern history.

The degree will help you to understand and operate within a wide range of business areas at home and abroad.

Year 3 of the course is spent studying in a partner institution in China.


Year 1 Modules:


  • AC1102 Financial Accounting (5 credits);
  • EC1202 Economic Reasoning for Business (5 credits)
  • GV1102 Introduction to Government and Politics (5 credits);
  • LW1108 Introduction to the Legal System (5 credits);
  • LW1109 Introduction to Business Law (5 credits);
  • MG1003 Introduction to Marketing (5 credits);
  • MG1004 Introduction to Management and Organisation (5 credits);
  • ST1023 Introduction to Business Statistics (5 credits);
  • CH1100 Chinese Culture and Society (10 credits)

And choose modules to the value of 10 credits as follows:

CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) (10 credits) (Beginners' Level: Note: Minimum grade H3 in a language other than English)
CH2103 Modern Chinese Business Language (10 credits) (Non-Beginners', Note: Students should present their 2-year valid HSK test results or their level of the Chinese language will be assessed by the Asian Studies Department using the HSK Chinese proficiency test as a benchmark).

Year 2 Modules:


Chinese Language;  An Introduction to Business in China;  Modern Chinese Business Language;  A Continuous Revolution - China in the 20th Century;  Chinese Politics or Popular Culture in East Asia


Management Accounting;  Chinese Cinema;  Economics;  Food Marketing;  International Relations of Asia;  Business Information Systems;  Law;  Management

Year 3 Modules:

Year 3 is spent studying abroad, normally within the business faculty of the international partner institution.

Year 4 Modules:


Modern Chinese Business Language


Current Issues in Business Management in China;  China and Globalisation;  The Sinosphere;  Culture and Modernisation in Greater China;  Ethnicity, Class and Gender in China; Accounting;  Finance and Information Systems;  Business Economics;  Food Business and Development; Government;  Law;  Management and Marketing;  Mathematics and Statistics

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Why Choose This Course

The course offers an opportunity to study in China during Year 3. It combines an in-depth study of Chinese culture and society with the opportunity to learn advanced Mandarin Chinese.

Postgraduate opportunities are available on completion of this degree course, such as Higher Diploma, MBS, MComm, MSC, MPhil or MA by research.

You may also study postgraduate courses run by other universities, including language disciplines.

Skills and Careers Information

Our graduates are attractive to organisations that do business internationally. 

Possible careers include:

  • diplomatic services
  • conference and exhibition managers and organisers
  • customer service occupations
  • international student recruitment officers
  • marketing and sales professionals
  • officers of non-governmental organisations
  • public relations professionals
  • teaching and other educational professionals
  • researchers
  • translators/interpreters
  • business and financial project management professionals

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to study in a partner institution in China during Year 3 of the course.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a professional standard;
  • Demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in the application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings;
  • Communicate effectively in Chinese;
  • Develop an in-depth appreciation of the culture and the environment for business in China.
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Practicalities & Assessment

You will be expected to attend approximately 300 hours of lectures a year and complete private study and language learning outside the classes.

Full module information is detailed in the section below.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including essay and report writing, presentations, group work, written and oral examinations, depending on the modules taken.

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Year 2

  • An Introduction to Business in China

    Year 2

    An Introduction to Business in China (CH2000)

    1. To explore the evolution of Chinese economic history. 2. To introduce every major aspects of Chinese business. 3. To examine traditional Chinese business philosophy and modern entrepreneurial practices with case studies. 4. To raise the ethical awarene

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  • Modern Chinese Business Language-level2

    Year 2

    Modern Chinese Business Language-level2 (CH2103)

    To further develop the language skills in Chinese and enhance the intermediate level of Chinese language with application in an administrative and business environment.

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Year 4

For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H3 in one subject, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:




Other Language






H3 in a language other than English

Mature students:

Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. A H3 in a language other han English in the Leaving Certificate is required (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate).   Approximately two places are available on this programme for mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.


Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants.

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. Find out about the mature entry requirements here

Non-EU Applications

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

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Information for Parents

This section contains information for parents ranging from:

  • the CAO process, including important dates and deadlines
  • support services and facilities that UCC provides for its students
  • dates of forthcoming events for prospective parents and students

Information for parents can be found on the UCC website here (including the Parent Information Guide): Parent Information (UCC)

Additional information is also available on Student Financial Information.

Advisory Service

I also offer an advisory service for prospective students (second level and mature) on their course choices throughout the year.

Alternatively, you can contact our BComm Student Recruitment and Liaison Officer.

Anne Wallace
Student Recruitment & Liaison Officer
College of Business & Law
Room 3.03A O'Rahilly Building
University College Cork
Tel: +353 21 420 5102