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CR 425

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 425
  • Field of StudyBusiness Administration,Marketing
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Business (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration4 Years (8 semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 300

The Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language is an innovative programme geared at preparing students for working in roles that require broad understanding of business in an international environment. Students will have the opportunity to undertake a placement/study abroad while studying a language while also developing skills in marketing, sales, business development and management. Students will continue to learn either French, Spanish or German throughout the degree programme.

International Students: please click here  for information on Visa requirements, and English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements.

This programme is geared at meeting the skills shortage that has been identified for roles in sales, business development and marketing in international environments. Students will develop a broad understanding of business issues with an international perspective while also studying a language of their choice. Topics such as culture, negotiation, trade, law and much more underpin the development.

As part of the programme, students will undertake an international trip in Year 4 where they will experience the politics, culture and business approaches of another country. In Year 3, students will undertake a semester abroad in a country where the language they are learning is spoken widely. The programme has been designed to ensure that students have a wide range of opportunities upon completion. The semester abroad gives the student the opportunity to develop language skills and to develop a broader understanding of international cultures. While on semester abroad some students will seek placement which CIT will recognise while others will seek to study for the semester. Where a student pursues a placement they do so under their own responsibility but with CV, interview and career guidance from CIT.

Further Studies

Graduates may apply to professional bodies and may be exempt from certain examinations. Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for postgraduate degrees at CIT:

Question Time

What are the arrangements for the semester abroad?
The semester abroad is an integral part of the programme and is core to your development throughout the programme. Employers value the experience of those that have worked or studied abroad greatly. In the second semester of Year 3 you will undertake a semester abroad where you will develop your language and business skills. Some students decide to spend all of Year 3 in the country of their language - generally France, Germany or Spain.

Year 3: first semester, students take a study programme. In the second semester they can decide to continue study or seek a placement in that country. Where a student seeks a placement, they do so using their own responsibility and initiative. CIT offers guidance and support around this but cannot guarantee a placement for any student. To date about 50% have undertaken a placement element. Most study or placement opportunities are supported by ERASMUS+ Mobility Grant.


How strong will my language ability be upon completion of the programme?
Your language development is a key part of your skill repertoire upon completing this programme. It has been designed so that you develop from a post Leaving Certificate level of ability to a level of fluency that will allow you to communicate effectively in any business or social situation.

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, Relevant Language*, and either English or Irish.
*Grade 01/H4 must be achieved in a relevant language i.e. French or Spanish or German.


NB: Please note the H4 grade in a relevant language can also be used to satisfy one of the H5 entry requirements.


Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only: Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.


For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here

Graduates may pursue careers in a wide number of areas including business development, international marketing, multi-territory sales, new product development, logistics management, customer relationship management, international project management, trade promotion and development, services marketing and a wide variety of roles where a second European language is valued.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • International Business Development
  • International Sales Management
  • Project and Operations Management
  • Logistics Associate/Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager/Associate
  • Global Project Coordinator
  • International Fundraising Manager
  • Global Human Resources Officer
  • Innovation Specialist

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.


Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:
Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language

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