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.
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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.
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:
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.