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Commerce (International) with French (BComm International)


Programme Description

Combining business subjects with the study of the French 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 French will bring your knowledge of French to a near-native standard and will develop the kind of cultural awareness that equips you to operate in a different society. You will also engage with the core areas which allow you to understand how business works.

With these skills, you can follow a number of career paths, whether in Ireland or internationally.

Year 3 of the course is spent studying in a partner university in France, allowing you to internationalise your educational experience and gain skills in personal autonomy and adaptability.

In the BComm (International with French), you will find your own path to an exciting range of work options.


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);
  • FR1103 Foundation Course in Written and Oral French and Introduction to French for Business 910 credits);
  • FR1201 Introduction to French Studies (5 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;  Advanced French Language;  French Society and Institutions


Literary Seminar;  Topics in Literature and Culture;  Cultural Studies:  Francophone Postcolonial Literature;  Literary Studies:  The Theatre of the Absurd;  The French Language Today; Cultural Studies:  Modern French Culture;  French Society and Institutions:  Women in French Society and Culture

Year 3 Modules:

You will spend the year abroad in one of our partner institutions in France or Canada.

Year 4 Modules:


Advanced use of French


Literary Seminar;  Structure and Varieties of French;  Cultural Studies;  Literary Studies;  Linguistics;  Advanced Specialist Translation;  French Thought and the Contemporary World; Contemporary Visual Culture;  Contemporary French Society and Politics;  Ideas of Europe;  Cultural Identities

plus modules to be taken from one of the following subject 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

Language study typically appeals to students who relish the challenge of study in breadth, simply because proficiency in language demands the development of a wide range of skills. What makes this degree attractive is that you can at the same time bring this capacity to bear on the study of business.

If your ambition is to become a rounded business professional, capable of operating in international environments, then this is the degree for you.

Skills and Careers Information

One of the attractions and one of the challenges of the BComm (International) with French is that you will engage with a wide range of subject areas.

You will develop both a quantitative and a qualitative understanding of culture and of business from an international perspective. You will also, of course, learn how to operate between and across languages and cultures, developing at once an enhanced set of communicative and intercultural capacities.

These skills are highly sought by national and international employers.

Study Abroad

The BComm (International) with French includes a full year of study abroad. This year provides the opportunity for immersion in French language and culture, combined with the study of European and international business from a French perspective.

In some of our partner institutions, the year abroad may offer the possibility of a work placement.

The year abroad is supported by the EU Erasmus course, which means you would belong to a Europe-wide network of mobile citizen-students.

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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 French;
  • Develop an in-depth appreciation of the culture and the environment for business in France.
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Practicalities & Assessment

Your studies will involve a range of different types of teaching and learning, spanning small group classes in language (both written and oral) and courses that combine lectures with tutorials where you can begin to apply the knowledge you acquire.

Language teaching accounts for three contact hours a week and, as your course progresses, you will have the option of studying a range of aspects of French society and culture.

In all of this teaching, you will have plenty of contact with your lecturers.

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 formal examinations, assignments, essays and other submissions. Assessment will also include oral examinations in language, where you will be able to develop your cultural and, above all, your communicative competence.

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 4

  • Global Food Supply Chain Management

    Year 4

    Global Food Supply Chain Management (FE4207)

    The purpose of this module is to provide a holistic understanding of the dynamics of global food supply chains and introduce analytical frameworks and tools to continually improve strategic planning and operational performance.

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  • Advanced Use of French

    Year 4

    Advanced Use of French (FR4101)

    To develop advanced skills in inter-related areas: translation (French-English and English-French); Text comprehension and Text analysis; production of written French; analytical discussion and debate in oral French. By the end of this module, students sh

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  • Global Governance

    Year 4

    Global Governance (GV4401)

    To develop an understanding of contemporary global governance and its challenges

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  • Electronic Business Foundations

    Year 4

    Electronic Business Foundations (IS3302)

    IS3302 To provide students with a knowledge of the principles and operation of electronic business.

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  • Electronic Business

    Year 4

    Electronic Business (IS3303)

    IS3303 To provide students with a knowledge of the principles and operation of electronic business in commercial organisations

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  • People and Organisation

    Year 4

    People and Organisation (MG2001)

    MG2001 To develop an understanding of the complexities and challenges facing individuals in their roles as members of organisations.

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  • Enterprise Planning and Processes

    Year 4

    Enterprise Planning and Processes (MG2007)

    To provide students with insights into the processes by which enterprises operate, deliver products and services to the market and adapt to external forces in order to remain sustainable and grow.

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  • Strategic Marketing

    Year 4

    Strategic Marketing (MG4035)

    This module draws together the areas of strategic marketing analysis, marketing strategy formulation and implementation. Core topics include: Strategic marketing process, situation assessment (the external environment and the company), marketing strategy

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  • Strategic Management

    Year 4

    Strategic Management (MG4036)

    To develop expertise in applying the methods, principles and processes of strategic analysis and strategy implementation to current business issues experienced by firms competing in today's turbulent environment

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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 French, 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 French

Mature students:

Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statment of interest and may be called for interview. Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended.  A H3 in Leaving Certificate French is required (HB3 if presenting pre-2017 Leaving Certificate).   Approximately five 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 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