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Commerce (International) with Hispanic Studies (BComm International)


Programme Description

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

The BComm (International) with Hispanic Studies is a four-year course that combines comprehensive education in commerce – in areas that include international finance, marketing, management, accounting, statistics and economics – with the acquisition of a high level of linguistic and intercultural skills in Spanish.

Year 3 of the course is spent studying abroad, in either Spain or Mexico, and you will also have an opportunity to study Portuguese.


Year 1 Modules:

  • AC1102  Financial Accounting (5 credits);
  • EC1202 Business Economics I (5 credits);
  • GV1102 Introduction to Government and Politics (5 credits);
  • IS1105 Business Information Systems (5 credits);
  • LW1108 Introduction to the Legal System (5 credits);
  • LW1109 Introduction to Business Law (5 credits);
  • MA1100 Introductory Mathematics for Business I (5 credits);
  • MG1003 Introduction to Marketing (5 credits);
  • MG1004 Introduction to Management and Organisation (5 credits);
  • HS1101 First Year Spanish Language for Beginners (15 credits); or
  • HS1030 Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Studies (5 credits) and 
  • HS1102  First Year Spanish Language for Non-Beginners (10 credits)

Year 2 Modules:


Introduction to Management Accounting;  Business Economics;  Principles of Food Marketing;  European Government and Politics;  Management Information Systems;  International Management and Organisation;  Introduction to Business Statistics;  Second Year Spanish Language;  Business,  Culture and Society in Spain and Portugal;  Dissertation


Culture and Society in the Spanish Golden Age;  Contemporary Writing;  Hispanic Theatre;  Iberian Identities;  Understanding Latin America;  Basque Culture and Language;  Catalan Language and Culture;  Galician Language and Culture;  Linguistics;  Art and Visual Culture of the Spanish Golden Age;  US Hispanic Fiction;  Cinema and Identity in Spain and Latin America;  Portuguese Language and Culture

Year 3 Modules:

Students spend a year abroad in one of the UCC partner institutions in Spain, Argentina or Mexico.  Students can attend a full academic year in a host university or attend university and undertake a work placement.

Year 4 Modules:


Final Year Spanish Language  


History and Society in Spanish Literature;  Aspects of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language;  Linguistics;  Hispanic Theatre;  Catalan Language and Culture;  Galician Language and Culture;  Truth and Fiction in Cervantes' Novelas Ejemplares;  Golden Age Drama;  Gender, Violence and Power on the US-Mexico Border;  Latin-American Human Rights;  Portuguese Language;  Translating Business, Culture and Society in the Hispanic World

plus modules to be taken from one of the following groups:  Accounting,  Finance and Information Systems;  Food Business and Development;  Business Economics;  Management and Marketing;  Government;  Mathematics and Statistics;  Law

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 BComm International with Hispanic Studies offers a work placement abroad and has the widest range of international partners in Spain and Mexico of any college in Ireland. You will also have an opportunity to learn Portuguese during your studies.

Skills and Careers Information

On this course you will acquire sought-after linguistic and intercultural skills that will enable you to compete effectively in the global marketplace.

Spanish is the world’s second language, spoken by more than 350 million people and of major importance in the world’s biggest economic power, the United States.

Career opportunities beckon in a range of areas including international finance, marketing, accounting, economics, translation, tourism, global retail, education and interpreting, among many others.

Study Abroad

The course offers a wide range of opportunities to study abroad, including at the universities of Alicante, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Pamplona, and at the University of Deusto at its campuses in Bilbao and the beautiful city of San Sebastián.

You can also choose to study in Guadalajara, Mexico, where we also offer work-placement opportunities with the multinational company Flextronics.

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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 Spanish and/or Portuguese;
  • Develop an in-depth appreciation of the culture and the environment for business in Spanish and/or Portuguese speaking countries.
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Practicalities & Assessment

The BComm International with Hispanic Studies is a full-time course. Contact hours will vary depending on the modules selected (from 20 hours a week), with additional hours required for reading, class preparation, laboratory hours etc.

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 oral examinations, essays, group projects, presentations, learning journals and others.

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Year 1

Year 2

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 required to attend for interview. Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended and applicants must have a H3 in a language other than English (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). Approximately three places are available on this programme for mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.


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 the receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. Find out about our 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