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Business studies and French

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Course overview

The programme offers an exciting way of learning about business concepts, theories and models in a variety of subject areas as well as getting to grips in an in-depth and comprehensive manner with another country’s language, its society, culture and business environment. Over its four years, the third of which is spent studying and working abroad, the course simultaneously broadens and deepens your academic command of business theories and practices and develops your linguistic competence. At the same time, you will be developing a wide range of generic and transferable skills that are increasingly required in a variety of careers and employment situations (e.g. working in multi-disciplinary/multi-cultural teams, oral and written communication, intercultural negotiation and international management, all of which are highly relevant in Ireland’s exceptionally open economy).

The distinctiveness of Trinity College's B.B.S. (Lang.) degrees centres on the following: (a) the business and language dimensions are integrated across all years of the programme, especially during the year abroad and in the final year, when students write a lengthy case study in the foreign language, under joint supervision by business and language professors; (b) language instruction is provided by specially-trained ‘language for business and economics’ lecturers, most of whom are native speakers; (c) lectures on the economy, business environment, society and culture of the relevant country are provided by experts who are continuously conducting research in their specialist field of study; and (d) in some cases students complete a work placement in the target culture in order to apply and develop their business and language skills in a professional setting.

Is this the right course for you?

Students on all five strands of this programme must have well-balanced interests in learning about business and in developing a high level of proficiency in a language. From start to finish, advanced learners, you will be required to demonstrate a high level of motivation and commitment to mastering core business modules (see the table BESS at a glance) and to all aspects of language learning. Educational experts emphasise the special challenges associated with the study of two disparate disciplines employing different teaching approaches and requiring different learning styles on the part of the student, but they also stress that mastery of these challenges builds skills that are particularly sought after by employers.

Did you know?

  • If you are considering studying this course at Trinity College, but want to be sure, you are most welcome to sample lectures in the participating departments during teaching terms. You may also discuss your options with a member of the teaching staff. Contact either the School of Business or the language department/s by e-mail or phone (see below).

Course content

This programme aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate internationally and to understand the social, political and cultural contexts of markets, organisations and management across countries. In addition to studying modules in business, economic and social studies, you will study the society, institutions, culture and civilisation associated with your chosen language.

Teaching is specifically geared to the everyday needs, both formal and informal, of business managers. Accordingly, the language components of the programme will have a contemporary socio-economic and business orientation, as distinct from a historical or literature-based perspective. Much of the teaching is provided through the target language, simultaneously building language skills and knowledge relevant to managing across cultures.

The Freshman years (years 1 and 2)

There are approximately 18-20 hours of lectures and tutorials per week depending on which subject options are chosen. This time allocation should be matched by a similar level of personal study.

Modules in the first and second years include:

Business studies

  • Management and organisation
  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Accountancy and financial analysis
  • Finance
  • Operations management
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Economics
  • Mathematics and statistics

There is also the option to attend modules in areas such as sociology, politics and economics in the second year.


  • General language and language for business (written, oral and aural proficiency)
  • Contemporary society, institutions and culture
  • Overall economic and business environment of the region/country of your chosen language

The Sophister years (years 3 and 4)

The Junior Sophister (third) year is spent at a university or business school in the country of the language you are studying. Trinity College has exchange agreements with a range of leading universities and business schools throughout Europe. The vast majority of modules and examinations taken during your year abroad will be through the medium of your chosen language. On conclusion of the academic year, experience of the business culture in the country of your chosen language is gained through a work placement of approximately two months' duration.

In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year, studies are divided more or less evenly between business modules and more advanced study of and practice in the language. To integrate the two areas effectively, you will research and write a major case study (approx 10,000 words, written in the foreign language). This will involve the analysis of a business enterprise based in the country of your chosen language and will be linked to the mandatory business module Strategic management: theory and practice.


The evaluation of the year abroad is based on the normal assessments and examinations of the host university. The evaluation of the final year in Trinity College consists of a range of continuous assessment exercises (e.g. group projects, essays, term tests), the case study and end-of-year examinations. In the language area, regular written, oral, aural and presentation exercises are required throughout the year.

Career opportunities

On graduation you will have a strong academic knowledge of international business and management, together with a high-level of competence in the language you have studied. Recent graduates are employed in Ireland and abroad by leading international companies such as Google, Whirlpool, KPMG, AIB Capital Markets and Goldman Sachs, as well as by consultancy organisations, embassies and public sector bodies. Many are working in marketing or international management roles while others occupy more specialist positions (e.g. as analysts or researchers). Several proceed to undertake further study and research in international business at postgraduate level.

Why choose the Trinity College School of Business?

  • Trinity’s School of Business is ranked 37th in the world in the Best Business Schools of the World by Eduniversal, and first in Ireland.
  • The School enjoys a strong international profile, with 27 international exchange partners in 13 countries, so students can choose to spend their third year in a top-ranking business school abroad.
  • Students draw on the expertise of a School with world-class research in many areas, such as innovation, finance, social entrepreneurship, sustainability and globalisation.
  • Trinity has a lively and active range of student-centred business clubs and societies, such as the Student Managed Fund, Trinity Entrepreneurial Society, and Dublin University Business and Economics Society.
  • Trinity recently announced plans for a new School of Business co-located with an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub in a state-of-the art building on the main Trinity campus.

Further information

Course Office:


Tel: +353 1 896 1840

Business School:


Tel: +353 1 896 2707

Business studies and French:

Dr. Paule Salerno-O'Shea:


Tel: +353 1 896 1472

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateOC3/HD3 Mathematics
HC1 French
GCSEGrade B Mathematics
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C French
Other EU examination systemsSee