Commerce (International) with Hispanic Studies (BComm International)Back
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
To train students in focused writing in an area relating to Hispanic business.More Information
Business, Culture and Society in the Hispanic and Lusophone Worlds
Business, Culture and Society in the Hispanic and Lusophone Worlds (HS2008)
To examine contemporary aspects of business, culture and society in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.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
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
Final Year Spanish Language
Final Year Spanish Language (HS3001)
To consolidate knowledge of Spanish oral, aural and written skills.More Information
Translating Business, Culture and Society in the Hispanic World
Translating Business, Culture and Society in the Hispanic World (HS3004)
To explore approaches to the translation, interpretation and adaptation of texts about Spanish and Latin American business, culture and society.More Information
- Electronic Business Foundations
- Electronic Business
- 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
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 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 the 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