Commerce (International) with Italian (BComm International)Back
Combining business subjects with the study of the Italian 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 Italian produces business graduates who can work through Italian, who have strong analytical skills, and who have an understanding of Italian society. Most of our students have no Italian before joining us, but your degree provides access to the language, culture and society of an important country, both politically and economically.
You will take commerce subjects alongside students in the BComm and in the other BComm (International) courses. Italian is a small, accessible department, where learning takes place in small groups, allowing you to reach a high level of linguistic proficiency and to develop important critical skills.
Year 3 of this four-year degree is spent studying business courses at a prestigious partner university in Italy.
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);
- IT1101 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits) or
- IT1102 Non-Beginners' Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits);
- IT1201 Post-Unification Italian Culture and Society (5 credits)
Year 2 Modules:
Introduction to Management Accounting; Business Economics II; Principles of Food Marketing; European Government and Politics; Management Information Systems; International Management and Organisation; Introduction to Business Statistics; Intermediate Italian Language; Language of the Italian Media
Elective modules may include: Primo Levi: the Survivor and His Work; Italian Crime Narratives; Issues in Contemporary Italian Society through Films and Documentaries; New Italians: Race, Identity and Memory in Contemporary Literature.
Year 3 Modules:
Study of a programme of approved courses at a partner university in Italy. The option of spending a part of the year engaged in an approved Work Placement is to be introduced.
Year 4 Modules:
Advanced Italian Language; Business Italian and Introduction to Translation (Italian to English)
Elective modules may include: Dante, Inferno; Italian Contributions to European Culture; Foodways: Culture, History, Identity; Dante's Commedia: The Poetic Path to Paradise; The Cinematic Representation of the Anni di Piombo.
plus modules to be taken from one of the following groups: Accounting, Finance & Information Systems; Business Economics; Food Business and Development; Government; Law; Management and Marketing; Mathematics and Statistics
Why Choose This Course
Our graduates are working in a wide range of sectors, in Italy, Ireland and other countries. First destinations and current roles include:
- posts in marketing with Bord Bia, Heineken Italia and Enterprise Ireland
- posts in the financial sector with AIB, Bank of Ireland and MPS Asset Management (Ireland) Ltd (now Anima Asset Management (Ireland) Ltd)
- posts in accounting with EMC
Skills and Careers Information
Italian is not widely taught in Irish schools and, consequently, our student numbers are small compared, for example, to those in French.
Demand by employers in Ireland for graduates of Italian with the strong language, analytical and business skills is currently greater than supply, but many of our graduates also choose to work in Italy or other countries.
See here for examples of the career paths taken by graduates. UCC Italian graduates also have an exclusive LinkedIn Group, where information on vacancies is exchanged.
Italian at UCC has a graduate work-placement arrangement with an Italian investment bank in Dublin, and we plan to introduce the possibility of including work placements in the Third Year of our degree course.
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 Italian;
- Develop an in-depth appreciation of the culture and the environment for business in Italy.
Practicalities & Assessment
In each year of the course, you will have between 15-20 contact hours per week and are also required to study independently. In Italian, this may include an online language course, reinforcing classwork and taken whenever and wherever you have internet access, or in the language laboratories.
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 in-class tests, essays, projects and oral presentations.
Language skills are assessed by assignments and/or written and listening tests, which provide you with regular feedback on your progress. At the end of the year, you take written and oral examinations.
- Economic Reasoning for Business
Introduction to Government and Politics
Introduction to Government and Politics (GV1102)
To provide students with an introduction to government and politicsMore Information
Business Information Systems
Business Information Systems (IS1105)
To introduce students to computer based information systems (IS) and to illustrate the roles of IS in business.More Information
Post-Unification Italian Culture and Society
Post-Unification Italian Culture and Society (IT1201)
To introduce students to key notions in post-Unification Italian culture. To develop critical awareness of texts of various kinds.More Information
- Introduction to the Legal System
- Introduction to Business Law
- Introduction to Marketing
Introduction to Management and Organisation
Introduction to Management and Organisation (MG1004)
To introduce students to the history and development of management thought and to explore the challenges of managing individuals and groups within organisationsMore Information
Introduction to Management Accounting
Introduction to Management Accounting (AC2200)
To provide participants with an introduction to Management Accounting.More Information
- Macroeconomic Context and Business
Principles of Food Marketing
Principles of Food Marketing (FE2401)
To provide a grounding in Food Marketing principles, which underlie decision-making at each stage of the Food Sector.More Information
European Government and Politics
European Government and Politics (GV2218)
Introduce students to the comparative study of European politics.More Information
Management Information Systems
Management Information Systems (IS2201)
To give students an awareness of the role of information systems in supporting the operations and improving the flow of information in modern organisations.More Information
Intermediate Italian Language
Intermediate Italian Language (IT2101)
To develop students' competence in the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, at an intermediate level.More Information
The Language of the Italian Media
The Language of the Italian Media (IT2102)
Language-based study of the Italian media; critical analysis of the control and production of news and mass entertainment in Italy.More Information
International Management and Organisation
International Management and Organisation (MG2005)
To examine the nature and process of management and organisations in the context of globalisation and internationalism.More Information
Accounting in Business
Accounting in Business (AC4406)
To apply the theory of management accounting principles and practices to the analysis of actual decisions in firms.More Information
Financial Reporting 1
Financial Reporting 1 (AC4407)
To provide coverage of Corporate Financial Reporting.More Information
Financial Reporting 2
Financial Reporting 2 (AC4408)
Further coverage of Corporate Financial Reporting.More Information
- Business Microeconomics 1
- The Macroeconomic Environment in the Short term
- The Macroeconomic Environment in the Long term
International Financial Economics
International Financial Economics (EC4217)
To provide students with a thorough foundation in the principles of financial economics and to develop a critical approach to the discipline.More Information
Global Food Policy
Global Food Policy (FE4002)
To analyse both the development and the impact of food policy in Europe, the USA and other selected countries.More Information
Consumer Behaviour in Food Markets
Consumer Behaviour in Food Markets (FE4205)
This module provides an in-depth understanding of consumer behaviour in the food marketing process. Students will develop an appreciation of the determinants of food choice at the macro and micro levels.More Information
International Food Retail Marketing
International Food Retail Marketing (FE4206)
To elucidate current marketing practices within the global food-retailing sector and to assess the strategic implications for food manufacturers.More Information
Global Food Supply Chain Management
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.More Information
Global Governance (GV4401)
To develop an understanding of contemporary global governance and its challengesMore Information
- Electronic Business Foundations
- Electronic Business
Advanced Italian Language
Advanced Italian Language (IT3101)
To improve students' competence in the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, to Level B2-C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.More Information
Business Italian (IT3103)
Development of specific language skills in Italian for financial and commercial purposes, at Level B2-C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.More Information
- People and Organisation
Enterprise Planning and Processes
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.More Information
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 strategyMore Information
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 environmentMore Information
- Methods of Business Statistics
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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:
H3 in a language other than English
Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called 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 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 .
EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
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.
Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.
**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
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.
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.
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.
Student Recruitment & Liaison Officer
College of Business & Law
Room 3.03A O'Rahilly Building
University College Cork
Tel: +353 21 420 5102
New Leaving Cert Scale
Revised Common Points Scale for Entry into Higher Education
The revised scale, which has been developed collaboratively by the universities and institutes of technology, builds on the package of reforms announced by the Minister in April, and will apply to students who sit the Leaving Certificate from 2017.
The main features of the new scale are that:
- it maintains the current alignment between the points awarded for achievement at Higher Level and the points awarded for achievement at Ordinary Level;
- the difference in the points awarded for each grade varies, reducing the probability that students will achieve the same overall points score. This will help to minimise the allocation of places in higher education by random selection;
- it will encourage the take-up of Higher Level subjects through the introduction of points for the new H7 grade.
- it continues to award Bonus Points for Higher Level Maths