International Business & Languages (Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish) / Gnó Idirnáisiúnta ┐ Teangacha (Sínis/Fraincis/Gearmáinis/Gaeilge/Iodáilis/Spáinnis)

2019 CAO Points - 353

Leaving Cert

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish




Other Grade Requirements

A minimum H4 in either Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian and Spanish

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

This programme has three key characteristics: the acquisition of business expertise, the acquisition of professional competence in one or more languages, and the third year spent abroad in the country of the student’s major language.

With increasing globalisation and dependency on international trade, fluency in other languages is vital to the success of businesses dealing with countries abroad. Students who successfully complete the programme will be equipped to play a key role in companies and organisations seeking out new markets and/or expanding in them.

The programme is shared equally between the School of Languages and the School of Marketing at TU Dublin. You’ll study the full range of business modules required to gain an in-depth understanding of international business. You’ll also study the language(s) of your choice and acquire a level of competency in the one or more languages that you need to work in multilingual and multicultural environments.

You’ll normally have obtained a minimum grade of H4 in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent in one or more of the languages offered on the programme, currently Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian and Spanish.

You can also study a new language from beginner’s level and may specialise in it if you do well enough.

Study Abroad Opportunities
Students must spend Year 3 in the country of their major language. This will normally be in a partner university but may be on a work placement.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Software Localisation Officer
  • Third Secretary
  • International Aid Officer
  • Development Worker
  • Multilingual Customer Care
  • Tour Guide or Manager
  • Teacher
  • English Language Assistant
  • Lecturer
  • Export Sales Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Event Organiser
  • Market Research Executive
  • Sales Exec or Manager
  • PR Officer
  • Tour Operator
  • HR Administrator
  • Bank Official
  • Retail Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • International Investment Fund Manager
  • Financial Adviser
  • Business Consultant

Language Modules:

  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 1A (Post-LC)
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 1


  • Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies Language 1A (Post-LC)
  • Or Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 1B (Beginners)

Business Modules:

  • Marketing Theory
  • Principles of Economics
  • Principles of Business
  • Communication/Research Methodology
  • Accounting

Language Modules:

  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2A
  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Studies 2


  • Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2A
  • Or Chinese/French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Language 2B
  • Or a Cultural Module (e.g. Culture, Image, Identity and Memory; Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Linguistics, World Cinema)

Business Modules:

  • Principles of Management
  • International Trade & Globalisation
  • Introduction to Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • International Corporate Finance

Spent in Partner University abroad in country of student’s major language OR on work placement in country where the main language of study is spoken.

European Language Modules:

  • French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Professional Communication

Two Options from:

  • Either French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Translation and Interpreting
  • Or French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Dissertation
  • Or French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Current Affairs
  • Or French/German/Irish/Italian/Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Or Professional Communication in a Second Language
  • Or a Cultural Module (e.g. Art, Heritage and History of France; Creative Writing; Modernism; English Literature of Ireland; Hispanic Identities, The American West).

Chinese Modules

  • Chinese Written Communication
  • Chinese Oral Communication

1 Option from:

  • Either Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Or Dissertation
  • Or Professional Communication in a Second Language

Business Modules:

  • International Marketing
  • International Political Economy
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Current issues in Global Business

I think IBL is an excellent programme that combines two very important disciplines needed in today’s globalised world: the ability to speak languages and an understanding of a great variety of business subjects. I like the way business subjects, such as Marketing, Management and Finance, are all interconnected throughout the course so that you often learn something in one subject and can instantly relate it to something you learnt in a different subject. That makes it more interesting and easier to understand. Two years ago, I started as a complete beginner and now I feel so confident in the language that I cannot wait to go on Erasmus next year!

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts / Gnó Idirnáisiúnta & Teangacha


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Aungier Street


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