Entry Points (2017)

Course Overview

Commerce with Spanish allows students to further their language skills and live abroad while gaining valuable experience of international business. It is the ideal qualification for students who want to build a career in another European Union country or in an international firm.  

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. 

Additional Requirements

For Leaving Certificate - H4 in a modern European language other than Irish or English
For A-Levels - Grade C in a continental language

4 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

AAA (A-Level) & a (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Course Outline - Year 1

  • Principles of Microeconomics/Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Management Accounting/Financial Accounting
  • Business Information Systems and Information Management for Business
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Business
  • Contemporary Marketing Thought
  • Contemporary Management Thought
  • Spanish

Course Outline - Year 2

  • Spanish
  • Inferential Statistical Methods for Business
  • Marketing Management
  • Applied Microeconomics for Business
  • Management Accounting I
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Business Finance I or Work & Employment Relations
  • Macroeconomics & the Business Environment or Business Law I
  • Plus one optional subject from the following:
    • International Financial Reporting I
    • Economics of Public Policy
    • Introduction to Financial Economics
    • Advances Statistical Methods for Business
    • Information Systems & Project Management
    • The Psychology of Consumer Behaviour
    • Management of Organisational change

Course Outline - Year 3

Students follow courses in languages and business studies at a university in Spain.

Course Outline - Year 4

  • Ireland in the Global Economy
  • Business Strategy
  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
  • French/German/Spanish/Italian
  • Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Plus a number of courses from the following:
    • Accounting & Performance Measurement
    • Economics and Public Policy
    • Management of Human Resources
    • Digital Business & Analytics
    • Marketing Management
    • Finance
    • Business Law 
    • International Business
    • Operations/Logistics  

Further Education

Graduates can take postgraduate programmes in all of the core business disciplines.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme have found employment in: EU institutions, accounting, management consultancy, marketing, human resource management, finance (including banking & insurance), and economic policy advisory services.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

In year three of this programme students study courses in language and business at a university in Spain.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

The JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics
T + 353 (0)91 492 612
F + 353 (0)91 494 546
E business@nuigalway.ie www.nuigalway.ie/commerce

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What Our Students Say


Jack Murray |   Final year student

The lecturers and tutors at NUI Galway are very engaged in delivering quality teaching and making sure that all students are satisfied with their learning. Studying the Spanish language opens up an incredible amount of opportunities in both the professional and social spheres. The teaching was done in a very intuitive way, using spoken classes as well as the grammar/writing classes to cover all aspects of the language and assure a deep understanding of it and its many facets. The economic and social Spanish classes also gave an insight into a complex and interesting culture. I spent my year abroad in Chile and it was without a doubt the most fulfilling and interesting year of my life. I met many amazing people, saw otherworldly landscapes and learned about a completely different business culture, all the while perfecting my Spanish. I feel this course has prepared me well for the working world by teaching me the values of being flexible and incorporating many elements into my work ethic, I feel I could adapt to almost any professional situation coming out of university.

Aidan O'Sullivan-Ryan |   Final Year Student

The three biggest benefits from travelling to Chile are: 1) I now have friends all over the world and have a greater understanding of each culture 2) My Spanish has improved drastically! Also, I now see the difference in how Spanish is spoken in different areas. 3) I had three months to travel through South America during which I travelled through Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina with friends I had made during my first semester. Words can't describe how incredible that was.

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