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DCU Business School

Business Studies International

Bachelor of Business Studies International (Hons)

  • CAO CodeDC110
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Min Points 2019 440
  • Duration 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,250
  • Non EU Fees€14,000
About fees & requirements

The Business Studies International degree is designed to create dynamic and resourceful business people in answer to the local and international skills gaps. You’ll study a range of business, language and cultural topics, and develop essential business skills in communication, information technology, teamwork, and problem solving—all vital for success in today's global business environment. 

You’ll also acquire proficiency in the foreign language of your choice (French, German, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese) and spend a year studying in a country where your chosen language is spoken.

We’re particularly proud of the calibre of our international exchange partners who rank among the top academic institutions in their respective countries. Year abroad destinations include China, Japan, Spain, France, Germany and Austria.

The combination of business knowledge, language proficiency and cultural competence will make you stand out in the global workforce of today.

Why do this course?

  • DCU Business School, accredited by AACSB, has a strong international reputation for the quality of its programmes and graduates
  • Develop the skills and knowledge needed for a career in business with language and cultural competence
  • Experience another culture first hand while you study at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Japan or China
  • Acquire important new perspectives on the international business world
  • Prepare to pursue a business career with an international dimension, including international marketing, international relations, international law, management, human resources, e-business, and international finance

Student Voice

It is very challenging to study a language at university, but the opportunities that follow graduation make the hard work and year abroad worth it!

Laura Bourke, Internal Audit Trainee at Mazars

About the course

The Business Studies International course will introduce you to the key disciplines of business with later specialist focus on the international business environment. Throughout the course, you’ll develop vital business skills in areas such as communication, information technology, teamwork and problem solving.

You’ll also acquire proficiency in the foreign language of your choice (French, German, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese). You’ll spend a year studying in a country where your chosen language is spoken.

When you return to us in final year, you’ll build on your specialist knowledge with a suite of subjects designed to make you truly work-ready for the international environment.

Final year students specialise in one of the following: Business Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management or Marketing.

View the current course structure →

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities

DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment.

Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


The Business Studies International programme will develop your willingness to adapt to new environments, an ability to look at a project or situation from different perspectives, an understanding of diverse cultures, and the confidence to take calculated risks.

Your combination of business experience, cultural awareness, language proficiency and international experience will present a particularly attractive package to employers. You’ll be able to choose from a host of paths, including:

  • Human Resource Management
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing Management
  • Management Consultancy

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of H4 in a language other than English or Irish.

GCE A Level

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 and GCE A Level C in a language other than English or Irish.

FETAC Level 5

No Entry Path.

Transfer Applications

Holders of a Higher Certificate/National Certificate in Business Studies with Merit or Distinction who can demonstrate competence in French, German, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese commensurate with one year full-time post-leaving certificate study may be considered for admission into second year.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

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

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

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

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

For more information, please contact

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Bachelor of Business Studies International (Hons) Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,250 €14,000