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What are the CAO points?

CAO points vary each year but can provide a rough guide of the standard you will need to achieve to apply for this course. For the first year of the programme, the minimum points were 535 for the academic year 2016/17. After a change in the CAO points system, the entry requirements for 2017/18 were 544 points.

How many lecture hours are there?

Depending on your module choices there will be approximately 12 hours of lectures each week, along with an additional 6 hours for tutorials (smaller interactive class groups). Students are also expected to dedicate 24 hours a week to individual study, group projects, assignments and class preparation. In total, students should spend between 40 and 45 hours a week on their academic work in first year.

What are the core themes of the programme?

To prepare you for your future career our modules are based around nine core themes:

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Economics and Finance Accounting
Marketing and Strategy
Operations Management, Information and Communication Technology and Data
Organisations and People
Business Ethics
International Business
Personal Well-being and Development

Not only will you receive a world-class education, but you will also gain competencies important to employers such as communication, team-working and leadership skills, which will open doors to the exciting and diverse world of business.

Do I need maths to apply?

Students are required to achieve a minimum Leaving Certificate H6/O4, GCSE Grade B, or the international equivalent. The quantitative modules can be challenging but not so difficult that you should worry. Trinity provides significant support services for students adjusting to studying at third level. This includes a Maths Help Room open every week-day to students who require a little extra help to improve their maths skills. Students must complete a year-long module entitled Quantitative Skills for Business in their first year. In subsequent years, the amount of exposure to maths depends on your choice of modules.

Do I need business subjects to apply?

There is no requirement to have previously studied business, economics or accounting to study business at Trinity.

Are there CAP1 exemptions?

Depending on subject choice, Global Business undergraduate students can receive full CAP 1 exemption from Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA). Students can also receive a full suite of exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) “Fundamentals” exams (F1-F9) again dependent on their subject choices. Both the ACA and the ACCA are internationally recognised for more information on the Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA), click here. For more information on the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA), click here.

I’m an international student, where can I find out more about studying in Trinity?

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What are the admissions criteria for international students?

Trinity accepts a wide variety of international and national high school qualifications for direct entry to the Global Business Programme. International students must have completed secondary school with pass grades in English, Mathematics and one other language. They must also satisfy Trinity's English language requirement. For more information on entry requirements from your country please click here and select your country of residence.

What supports are offered for international students?

Trinity has a fantastic network of student supports to ensure all our students get the most out of their time with us. These include a personal tutor for each student, a wide range of learning supports to aid your transition to university, peer support, student mentors, and an excellent Careers Advisory Service to help you find employment before and after you graduate. The Trinity Global Room is specifically designed to cater to the needs, of Trinity’s international student community. For more information on the international student experience at Trinity please click here.

Can I study a language during my Global Business Programme?

Yes. Students may choose from the following languages in first year: French, German, Spanish, Polish and Russian. These modules can also be studied in second year. Modules in French, German and Spanish require prior knowledge of the language (Honours Leaving Certificate C2 minimum or C at A-level for both French and German, Honours Leaving Certificate B3 minimum or B at A-level for Spanish). The Polish and Russian modules assume no prior knowledge of the language.

What is the difference between Global Business and BESS?

Both Global Business and BESS are excellent degrees.

Global Business enables students to focus on business from the start of their degree. The programme has a strong emphasis on theory and experiential learning, through the use of case studies, team work, internships and professional development modules. Personal and professional development are a key focus of this programme where students can benefit from smaller class sizes and a more intimate learning experience. The Global Business programme offers students the opportunity to gain real world experience with an internship or amble study abroad opportunities with leading universities around the world. Students who wish to pursue a career in accounting can secure exemptions from ACCA and Chartered Accountants Ireland.

BESS on the other hand enables students to combine the study of business, economics, political science and sociology. It is a flexible programme offering students 10 different degree options across these four disciplines.

Can I do an internship?

All Global Business students have the opportunity to do an internship with one of our global business partners. There are no pre-requisites for this module, which takes place in the summer between year two and year three of the Global Business programme. The Business School will assist you in finding an internship. Upon completion of a report based on your internship, students receive 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Can I study abroad?

Students have the opportunity to study abroad for one year or one semester in the third year of the programme. We have exchange agreements with over 50 universities in 18 different countries across 4 continents – Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. Applications to study abroad are on a competitive basis (based on first year results) and while all students can go abroad, the more popular locations cannot always be guaranteed.

What is Experiential Learning?

The Global Business degree has a strong focus on Experiential Learning and the practical side of Business. We offer modules designed and delivered by both academics and practicing entrepreneurs. We also offer a module on personal and professional development. Students undertake experiential learning in one of the following contexts – (1) a summer intern in an approved firm, (2) a volunteer in an approved non-profit organisation, (3) in a self-directed project undertaken as part of an approved student society in TCD or as agreed with the module coordinator or (4) as a developer of a new business idea or entrepreneurial venture. We offer the possibility of completing internships in a wide variety of firms including banks, accounting firms, student organisations, social entrepreneurship and non-profit organisations. Our modules offer students an entrepreneurial journey moving from theory to practice throughout their degree. Students can obtain the entrepreneurship skills needed in second year, develop their ideas in third year and leave in fourth year with a completed Business model having gained exposure to potential investors.