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Business studies and German

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What is Business Studies and a Language?

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.

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, whether as beginners (on the ab initio Russian and Polish* streams) or as more advanced learners (in French, German or Spanish), you will be required to demonstrate a high level of motivation and commitment to mastering core business modules (see the table B.E.S.S. at a glance, page 34) 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.

* Special provisions can be made for students with prior knowledge of Russian or Polish (heritage speakers, near-native speakers or those who have an entrance qualification in Russian or Polish).

Why study Business Studies and a Language at Trinity?

The distinctiveness of Trinity’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; (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.

What will you study?

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.


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 third year is spent at a university or business school in the country of the language you are studying. Trinity 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 may be gained through a work placement of approximately two months’ duration.

In 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.


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.

Further information

Course Office: | E-mail: | Tel: +353 1 896 1840

Business School: | E-mail: | Tel: +353 1 896 2707

BSL Director:

Dr. Domenico Campa | E-mail: | Tel: +353 1 896 3775

Business Studies and German:

Dr. Joachim Kolb | Email: | Tel: +353 1 896 1373

Specific Entry Requirements

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


2003/4: Year Abroad Studying at Koblenz

Work placements with Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and McKinsey in Hamburg

2004/5: Focused on Finance

Final Year in Trinity Final-year project: The German Corporate Governance System

2005-2007: Management Consultant with Oliver Wyman (Frankfurt)

2010: Trainee Solicitor with Freshfields

Career Objective Corporate Law / International Taxation Policy