Global Business (USA)
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Global Business (USA)
The BA in Global Business combines a broad understanding of international business with intercultural experience and work placements. This degree is unique in that you’ll have the chance to participate in two work placements and earn two business degrees in two countries.
In your four years, you’ll gain the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of business in a global context. You’ll spend your first two years in DCU, which includes a work placement in Ireland, and then your final two years in the USA.
There is now a common entry to Global Business USA (DC116), after which students will indicate a preference to study at Northeastern University in Boston or the University of San Diego, California. Both universities offer a double degree programme with DCU and support to undertake a work placement in the US as part of the study programme.
The University of San Diego (USD) is located approximately two miles north of downtown San Diego on the west coast of the US. San Diego is known for being a tech and life sciences hub, and the university plays host to more than 9,000 students from 85 countries. USD is AACSB accredited.
Northeastern University is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The city is known as an educational hub, along with finance and high-technology research. The university has enrollment of approximately 21,000 students, with approximately 20% of those being international students. Northeastern in AACSB accredited.
After year 1 of the programme at DCU, and on the basis of student preferences and their relative ranking within the class (based on year 1 grades) – the allocation of places available for either University of San Diego or Northeastern University will be determined.
Students arrange their own accommodation, travel and insurance costs for their 2 years abroad.
Why do this course?
- DCU Business School, accredited by AACSB, has a strong international reputation for the quality of its programmes and graduates
- Experience business in a global context through studying and working in two countries with international students from the International Partnership of Business Schools
- Gain two qualifications, awarded by DCU and another top international business school
- Acquire business knowledge while immersing yourself in two different social, cultural and political environments
- Opt to specialise in a specific area of business in your final year
Cross-cultural experience is a most beneficial way for any student to progress and explore new ideas. Living, studying and working in a foreign country is an education in itself, and cannot be learned from a textbook.
Paul Chawke, Training Consultant at Northern Trust
About the course
This degree is the only one of its kind in Ireland. You’ll spend the first two years in DCU, including a work placement, and the final two years in the relevant partner institution abroad, where you study through that country’s language and university system, and do a second work placement.
In your first two years, you’ll gain an understanding of the principles of business by studying subjects such as accounting, finance, economics and marketing. You'll also study North American history, politics and business practice, and also have the option to study a second language.
On transferring to the partner institution in Year Three, you will focus on international business and in Year Four, you have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of business areas.
You’ll graduate with two qualifications—the BA in Global Business from DCU, and a BSc in International Business from Northeastern University or University of San Diego (USA).View the current course structure →
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.
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.
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
In these areas
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics.
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.
QQI level 5
No Entry Path.
No Entry Path.
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.
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
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Fees & Payments
For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Global Business (USA) Course Fees
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