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Global Business (Canada)

Course Details

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4 yr
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Immersing you into Canadian work-life and culture while you study - gain two business degrees, experience two countries and complete two work placements.


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This is a unique course for students who are looking for a truly global learning experience. The skills and knowledge that you’ll develop on the BA in Global Business (Canada) are a passport to an international career in business. Not only that, but the course also gives you the opportunity to qualify with two degrees by the end of this four-year programme.

Transatlantic Degree
The BA in Global Business (Canada) combines international business with intercultural experience and work placements. You’ll spend your first two years in DCU and then your final two years studying at Brock University (Ontario), our partner university in Canada. During that time, you’ll have the chance to participate in work placements in Ireland and Canada, and you’ll earn two business degrees in two countries.

For graduates of this degree, the world is your oyster, with international career opportunities in Ireland, Canada and elsewhere. Graduates of the programme are currently working in areas such as Banking, Finance, and European Affairs.

DCU People

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Dr Damien Dupre

Global Business is a suite of dual-award degree programmes delivering a degree in Global Business from DCU Business School and an equivalent degree from a selected world class Business School abroa

Read more about Dr Damien Dupre

Careers & Further Options

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This degree is designed to develop future leaders in an increasingly international and diverse business environment.

Graduates from this course work around the world in:

European Affairs
European Law
European Regulation
International affairs
International Marketing Management
European Affairs
European Law
European Regulation

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.

Entry Requirements

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In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C Mathematics.

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.

Please visit our QQI FET webpage for details on open days, campus tours or school visits.

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Course Structure

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  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Business Mathematics
  • Finance
  • Psychology in Organisations
  • Global Business Environments
  • Business Analytics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Innovation for Enterprise
  • Marketing
  • Language and Culture of Chosen Country (France/ Germany/Spain/USA/Canada)


  • Economic Policy
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Analytics
  • Language and Culture of Chosen Country (France/Germany/Spain/USA/Canada)

You will spend Years 3 and 4 in Canada. While there, you will have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of business areas and undertake a second work placement. You will have the option to return to DCU for Year 4. If you choose this option, only one qualification – the DCU degree – will be awarded.

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,922 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€15,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

No Entry Path 

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

Life On Campus

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What is the difference between Global Business and Business Studies International?

Here are the 5 main differences:

1.         CAO Points Needed
One of the first things a CAO student will be concerned about!  The points for each Global Business course are generally higher than for Business Studies International. The exact difference will of course vary each year.

2.       Amount of time spent abroad
In Business Studies International you spend your first 2 years in DCU then your third year in a partner University. After your third year abroad you will return to DCU for your fourth year.          

In Global Business you spend your first two years at DCU and then spend 3rd and 4th year abroad with your partner university in the country that speaks your chosen language.

3.       Two Degrees
A big difference between International and Global is that with Global Business you receive two degrees, one from DCU and one from the college in your chosen country, whereas with International you will get a degree from DCU only.

This is one of the big plus points for Global Business.  Having two degrees from two universities in two different countries will definitely help you stand out from the crowd when looking for a job after graduation!

4.       Languages available
With Business Studies International you have the option of studying one of French, Spanish, German, Chinese or Japanese.

With Global Business there are three languages available. They are French, Spanish and German.

With Business Studies International you must study one of the five languages I’ve mentioned along with all of your business modules.

However with Global Business, if French, Spanish or German don’t do it for you then you can do Global Business USA or Canada where the study of a language is not compulsory.

5.       Work Placements
Global Business students undertake two paid internships during their four year degree. There’s a four month internship in Ireland during 2nd year and then a 6 month internship in your 3rd year in the country you are studying in.

Having two work placements in two different countries gives you an advantage over graduates of other business courses nationwide.