BA in International Business

IAU, 4 Year Degree

The four year programme is awarded under the institution’s American accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The degree consists of general education modules in year one. In years two, three and four the degree focuses on international business. Like all of the institution’s degrees, there is a strong emphasis on a mix of theory, practice and work experience. Lectures are interactive environments where students are encouraged to exchange ideas and opinions.  There is a strong emphasis on developing the student’s personal skills such as public speaking and debating.  This is supported by the culturally diverse learning environment at the institution with a student body drawn from over sixty countries.  On completion of the fourth year students gain invaluable work experience by undertake an eight-week internship in a multinational firm.

Students have a wide range of opportunities open to them when they complete their degree.  Graduates can enter the college’s Master of Business in International Business or the MBA in International Business or alternatively enter master’s, doctoral or professional studies in other institutions.

Graduates have been successful in diverse areas such as accountancy, advertising, banking, finance, human resource management, ICT, insurance, lecturing, public relations, and stockbroking, while some are running their own businesses.  Graduates are furthering their careers with companies such as Abu Dhabi Investment Bank, Allianz Group, Arvato, Bank of Ireland, Canada Life, CIT Aerospace Int., Citigroup, Dell, Enterprise Ireland, Facebook, Google, International Data Corporation, JP Morgan, LogicaCMG, Mengniu Dairy Co., Ltd., Microsoft, Shanghai Huatai Securities Co. Ltd, Smurfit Kappa Group, and Ulster Bank.

Year 1

  • Academic communication
  • War and peace in the modern world
  • Western arts
  • The digital revolution
  • Imagination and storytelling
  • Anglo-Irish writers
  • Cinema and society
  • Western religions
  • The Enlightenment
  • American culture abroad

Or the student may select from the second year of the BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts; the summer study tour to American College Delaware also carries credit for two general education classes

Year 2

  • Introduction to management
  • Microeconomics
  • Accounting 1
  • Principles of marketing
  • Business computing
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Macroeconomics
  • Accounting 2
  • Business law
  • Probability and statistics

Year 3

  • Managerial accounting
  • Corporate finance
  • Networks and databases
  • International marketing
  • International law
  • International economics
  • Quantitative business analysis
  • E-commerce and internet marketing
  • Sustainable business
  • Business research methods

Year 4

  • Entrepreneurship
  • International finance
  • International HRM
  • Operations management
  • Research project
  • International business ethics
  • International investment strategies
  • Strategic management information systems
  • Contemporary global challenges
  • International business: Theory and policy
  • Internship

Entry requirements

American College Dublin has two intakes per year: in September and January.  

Students may apply directly to the Admissions office of American College Dublin 

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent).

Further education students

The College accepts students from further education colleges to all of its courses.  Students must have gained three distinctions in a cognate area of the degree programme that they wish to study. Students must have a full level 5 or level 6 award and this award may have been taken over a number of years. Students with a FETAC qualification can gain access to both American College Dublin and American College Delaware.

Mature student application

Mature applicants can apply directly to American College Dublin for the September or January intake. Mature applicants must be 23 years of age on 1 January of the year that they wish to begin their course. Mature applicants must be interviewed by one of the admissions team.  All applicants must submit a CV and a personal statement to the College.

Other EU applications

Every student who has taken examinations in an EU member state is expected to have completed mathematics and English in his or her final year.  The only exception to this is students who have completed the A-Levels. These students must have taken mathematics and English for their O-Levels.   Please refer the Admissions section for full listings of entry requirements for non-EU students. 

More information is available in the Admissions section or by contacting the Admissions Office, Tel: +353 1 6768939; Email: admissions@amcd.ie

Along with academic knowledge that students receive throughout the duration of their chosen subject, students will also acquire and develop transferable career skills from their degree discipline. These skills along with potential career paths are provided below to give you a well-rounded view of what the course has to offer. 

These skills include:

  • Analytical skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strong presentation Skills 
  • Problem solving
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Team work 
  • Interpreting statistical data
  • Time management

Graduates from the BA in International Business programme have been successful in diverse areas such as:

  • Accountancy/Finance 
  • International Finance
  • Banking
  • Management 
  • Marketing 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Advertising

The programme also serves as preparation for students to participate in a variety of postgraduate programmes such as the Masters of Business in International Business and MBA in Business Administration. 

“After graduation, the college assisted me to participate in an internship with CIT Aerospace International, a world leading commercial aircraft lessor. After the internship, I’ve been working at CIT Aerospace International until today. I’m currently working at Strategy & Planning Group within CIT, responsibilities including aircraft valuation; evaluate strategic business opportunities within the transportation sector, and on-going market research, analysis etc, support top management to make strategic business decisions.”

Wei Wang, BA International Business, Class of 2007.

Do you have a question? Need some advice? Contact the Admissions Office.