International Business with Language

  • Course Code

    MT 945

  • Field of Study

    Business Administration,Marketing

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:

    BBus (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

4 Years (8 semesters)

Course Summary

The Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language degree seeks to develop a graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to function as a professional in a variety of environments. Successful graduates will be dual-skilled having a broad base of knowledge and experience of the international business environment coupled with strong ability in either French, German or Spanish. This honours degree is an innovative programme geared at preparing students for working in roles that require broad understanding of business in an international environment. Students will undertake a mandatory 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.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

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

Leaving Certificate 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.

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Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Business, Accounting, Economics and Language of choice (French, German and Spanish).


Marketing and International Business

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


Recorded November 2021


MT 945 Course Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork


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.

This programme has been revised recently to ensure that students have more opportunity to specialise through a broader range of modules on offer and through enhanced elective choices.


First Year at a Glance

  • Develop an understanding of global business issues – as many Irish businesses and multinational companies trade internationally, this skill is in strong demand
  • Find out more about marketing, sales, and culture. Culture is an essential element of this programme as it broadens your insight into the wider world
  • Build your teamwork and interpersonal skills by complementing your knowledge with strong interpersonal skills
  • Further your knowledge of a language of your choice (French, Spanish, or German) and commence your journey to having a very strong business level proficiency after 4 years

In Year 3, students will undertake a mandatory 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 MTU 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 MTU.


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 MTU:


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.


In the 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. MTU 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.


Graduate Profile


Jennifer Mullally
Marketing and Events Coordinator

“After my graduation, I started as a Business Development Specialist for PayPal. Just recently I have now taken the position as Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork. Thanks to my International Business with Language degree I gained a great base for all aspects of business, and could apply what I learned in areas such as B2B Sales, Marketing, and Relationship Management to my current employment.


It’s also a massive advantage having a high proficiency in my second language, Spanish, as I can now offer that something extra to my employer.”

Full programme and module information are available 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

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2021: 279

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

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