Entry Points (2016)

Course Overview

Commerce with Gaeilge allows students to further their language skills, study in the Gaeltacht for a semester, gain valuable work experience and learn about all aspects of business. It is the ideal qualification for students who want to build a career in business while also further their knowledge of the Irish language.  

All business subjects are taught through English.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

For Leaving Certificate - A H4 in Gaeilge is also a requirement.

4 years

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades (2016)

ABC & a (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Course Outline - Year 1

  • Principles of Microeconomics/Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Management Accounting/Financial Accounting
  • Business Information Systems and Management
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Management
  • Gaeilge

Course Outline - Year 2

  • Gaeilge
  • Statistical Methods for Business
  • Action Marketing
  • Managerial Economics
  • Management Accounting I
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Finance I or Employment Relations
  • Macroeconomics or Business Law
  • Plus one optional subject from the following:
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Management Information Systems
    • Mathematics

Course Outline - Year 3

Students spend one semester on work placement and one semester studying through the medium of Irish in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, An Cheathrú Rua.

Course Outline - Year 4

  • Ireland in the Global Economy
  • Strategic Management
  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
  • Gaeilge
  • Plus a number of courses from the following:
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Management of Human Resources
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Law
    • Operations/Logistics  

Further Education

Graduates can take postgraduate programmes in all of the core business disciplines, the Irish language, education or translation.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Work Placement is an integral part of this programme.  In third year students will spend one semester on work placement in an Irish language medium company or organisation.

Study Abroad

Students on this programme will not study abroad.  Instead in year three of this programme they will study in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge at NUI Galway's campus in An Cheathrú Rua.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2016/17

EU Fees 2016/17:

- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

The JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics
T + 353 (0)91 492 612
F + 353 (0)91 494 546
E business@nuigalway.ie


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What Our Students Say


Amy Hardiman |   Final Year Student

I chose the course as business and Irish were my favourite subjects in school. This year I spent a semester studying in the Acadamh, an Cheathrú Rua and living in the Connemara Gaeltacht, a unique aspect of B.Comm le Gaeilge. This was very beneficial in improving my Irish as I was learning in a natural environment outside the classroom. I spent second semester on work experience through the medium of Irish. In my opinion the opportunity to do this is the biggest advantage of this course as I learned lots of new skills for the world of work. Another benefit of this course is that it only accepts a small number of students therefore it is easy to make new friends for life.

Hayley Ní Thuathail |   Final Year Student

I have enjoyed being immersed in the Irish language and I’ve grown up around successful business people so I wanted to gain a vast amount of information for working within a business and promote and keep the Irish language progressing. I have enjoyed learning about all the aspects of business and found that marketing has a huge role to play in todays business world. My ability has grown regarding with using the Irish language and this will help me going forward in the work place as I am very confident using the language. I was prepared for the working world as I was able to apply a lot of things that I had learned over the course of my studies.

Kayleigh Laffey |   Final Year Student

I chose to study the B.Comm le Gaeilge as I’ve always wanted to continue the use of Irish throughout third level education and onto my professional career. Having not attended a Gaelscoil, I was worried that I’d struggle with the Irish aspect of the course, but I found there was a happy medium between both Irish and English modules. Taking classes with the general B.Comm group for business modules gave us the opportunity to mix with others. Immersing our small group in a Irish language environment in third year, both with a semester studying in Connemara and a semester work placement in an Irish business environment, has really prepared me for my final year and the working world.

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