Bachelor of Commerce International

Students on the BCIT programme study a core set of business modules. The business modules cover quantitative skills such as Economics and Finance, Accounting, Maths and Data Analysis. Students also develop their understanding of the softer skills required in the business world by studying how organisations work, how business works in society and the effects of culture on business practices. These modules are delivered by lecturers who are active in the research and practice of specific business subject areas.

The language modules cover linguistics, literature and culture equipping students with the critical analysis skills vital to any career. In year 4 students can select specialist options from business subject areas such as Accounting, Banking & Finance, IR & HR, Management, Management Information Systems or Marketing.


Curriculum Overview

Semester 1 Mathematics for Business Inside Organisations Business in Society Foundations of Management Thought Language 1
core module
Language 2
core module
Semester 2 Financial Accounting 1 Data Analysis for Decision Makers Microeconomics for Business Language core module Language core module ELECTIVE


Semester 1 Principles of Finance Comparative Human Resource Management Marketing: Firms, Customers & Society Language core module Language option module ELECTIVE
Semester 2 Management Accounting ICT in Business Studies in Global Operations Language core module Language core module Language option module


Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity for you to develop linguistic skills and enhance your understanding of the international business environment. It improves employment opportunities and is a great way to meet new friends and experience different cultures and languages. The academic year abroad is an integral part of the BCIT Degree, studying business and language. You will also follow UCD online modules specifically designed to enhance and understand their experiences while abroad. You will return to UCD for your final year, after what we hope is a great personal experience. We find that students are more independent and self-confident, having developed a great set of inter-cultural communication skills.  Learn more here.

Languages Minor

Semester 1 Business Strategy Business option module Business option module Language core codule Language option module ELECTIVE
Semester 2 New Venture Creation and Development Business option module Business option module Language core module Language option module


Global Business Minor

Semester 1 Business Strategy Gov. the Intern’l Bus.  Environment e-Business Solutions Business option module Business option module ELECTIVE
Semester 2 New Venture Creation and Development Applied International Business Project Global Marketing Business option module Business option module ELECTIVE

Language Options

Chinese Language Experience Semester 1
Elementary Written Chinese II Semester 2
Elementary Spoken Chinese II Semester 2
French Grammar & Comprehension Semester 1
French Grammar & Expression Semester 2
Reading French Prose Semester 2
German Language Semester 1
German Language Semester 2
German Textual Analysis: Exploring the Text Semester 2
Italian Language Semester 1
Italian Language Semester 2
Making Italy Semester 2
Spanish Language Semester 1
Spanish Language Semester 2
Reading Hispanic Texts Semester 2

Sample Timetable

09.00   Foundations of Management Thought
11.00 Data Analysis for Decision Makers Tennis Club Training
13.00 Class Readings Class readings & Lecture Preparation
15.00 Inside Organisations Maths for Business
17.00 Gym & Swimming Lessons Guest Speaker
21.00 UCD Film Society at UCD Cinema  



The purpose of the Bachelor of Commerce (International) programme is to develop commercially astute graduates with a global mind-set that will make a significant contribution to business and broader society.  Graduates will demonstrate critical awareness of business trends, issues, and developments; be creative problem-solvers and have an analytical approach to decision-making; have a deep-rooted ethical, societal and cross-cultural awareness; show a penchant for entrepreneurship and innovation; demonstrate a capacity to communicate persuasively and professionally in their chosen language; and have a life-long commitment to personal and professional excellence and development (Purpose).  We aspire to produce graduates that, over the long-term, will assume leadership positions and will have a significant impact on the development of business, economic, and social life, both nationally and internationally (education and subject/discipline/professional values).  The Bachelor of Commerce (International) curriculum is designed to develop future leaders through a range of transformative educational experiences and pedagogical innovations that focus on conceptual understanding, technical mastery, and practical wisdom. Students spend an academic year with an international partner university, so are immersed in the language and culture of the host country. Students gain a depth of understanding of living and working in an international environment during their year abroad. They also have the opportunity to participate in a range of other educational experiences, including business internships, and case study competitions (the nature of the learning environment for students).  The programme emphasises a mix of teaching and assessment methods, including lectures and tutorials, laboratories, case studies, essays, consulting reports, debates, presentations, group assignments, and business simulations. Students are exposed to faculty, national and international, with a range of different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).




Programme Goals Programme Learnings Outcomes
1. Students will demonstrate a critical awareness of business issues, trends and developments. 1a. Explain the systems of thought and theoretical underpinnings that have shaped the development of business and management practice.
  1b. Evaluate the influence of economic, social, historical, and technological forces shaping business and management today. 
  1c. Critically appreciate the interplay and interdependencies of business functions, including accounting, finance, operations, information systems, management, marketing, and human resource management. 
2. Students will demonstrate a strong analytical orientation when engaging in decision-making and problem-solving. 2a. Demonstrate critical thinking and independent reasoning skills in situations of decision-making and problem-solving, as supported by the appropriate use of analytical and quantitative techniques.
  2b. Incorporate insights from related disciplines (such as mathematics, economics, information systems, cross cultural and language studies) to identify, frame, and solve business problems.
3. Students will demonstrate a critical appreciation of ethical, social and cross cultural issues  3a. Demonstrate an active awareness of ethical values and business issues concerning the advancement of the broader societal ‘good’
  3b. Demonstrate an active awareness of ethical issues in key business functions.
  3c. Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature and role of cultural values of their chosen host country. 
4. Students will demonstrate a capacity to communicate persuasively and professionally and an ability to communicate business concepts in their chosen language. 4a. Communicate, in a professional and informed manner, appropriate business and management concepts, ideas, arguments, recommendations and solutions.
  4b. Communicate business ideas in their chosen language. 
5. Students will demonstrate a penchant for entrepreneurship and innovation 5a. Identify and apply the major steps in discovering, evaluating, and exploiting  opportunities for new ventures and business enterprises
6. Students will demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional excellence and development.  6a.Develop interpersonal and collaborative learning skills and independent and lifelong learning skills. 



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