Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business FAQs: Entry requirements and application
What are the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business?
All learners must have already completed an ordinary or pass degree in a related or relevant field of study, at level 7 of the National Framework of Qualifications. You should already have 180 ECTS credits (see below) from a previous degree.
If you don’t hold a level 7 degree or the equivalent number of credits from a relevant course of work or study, you cannot gain entry onto the Bachelor of Business (Hons) with International Business. A better starting point for you might be our Bachelor of Business
ordinary degree, level 7.
What are ECTS credits?
ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. This is a way of helping people to move between countries and have their academic qualifications recognised.
ECTS credits are given based on the amount of formal learning you’ve undertaken. 60 ECTS credits are the equivalent of a full year of study or work. 180 ECTS credits is the usual minimum equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.
If I’m not a native speaker of English, how good must my English be to enter the Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business?
As a non-native speaker, your English level must be at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. IELTS 6.5 is at the top of B2 or the start of C1 Advanced of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), and corresponds to a total score of about 945 in the TOEIC (Reading and Listening papers) and around 180 on the Cambridge English Scale.
Can I apply to the Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business as a mature student?
Yes, of course. Your application will be very welcome.
A mature applicant is someone who is 23 years or older by January 1st in the year of entry to the programme. Galway Business School welcomes applicants from mature students (23+). We currently have students who range in age from 23 to 56, and there is no upper age limit. Every year we welcome approximately 150 new mature students to Galway Business School.
As a mature applicant, you must have prior academic qualifications and experience deemed equivalent by the College’s QQI approved Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. All RPL evaluations are made by the admissions department.
Do I have to apply through CAO?
CAO is the Central Applications Office which processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. However to enrol on the Bachelor of Business degree programme, you should apply direction to us at Galway Business School.
I studied bank management for 4 years in Mongolia. Currently I am living and studying English in Ireland. I would like to study on the Level 8 degree. Will I be accepted?
We need you to have already obtained a degree in a cognate discipline (a closely related branch of study) equivalent to a Level 7 on the NFQ framework before enrolling on the Bachelor of Business course with us.
You would have to submit your original degree documentation and certified translated copies of your academic transcripts so we can assess and evaluate your suitability for advanced entry into this programme.
Also, we’d need confirmation that your English is at least at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. That sound like a lot of procedure, but it’s worth going through the process, and we help you as much as possible.
My previous qualifications are a Leaving Certificate ITEC beauty therapy. Can I do this course?
It is likely that you would need to start by completing the QQI Bachelor of Business (Level 7) Degree programme commencing in September before you’re able to progress onto the Level 8 qualification.
The programme is available on both a full-time and part-time basis for Irish students.
Can I join a level 8 business degree course with a BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business Studies?
BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business Studies is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.
If you have you studied anything else since then, we would review those studies and the awards system to consider whether there is any opportunity for you to enjoy advanced entry to our Level 8 programme.
Otherwise, you could join Year 3 of the Bachelor of Business at level 7 and progress onwards to the Level 8 Honours degree.
I have a leaving certificate. I am interested in Bachelor of Business Honours degree. Can I joint the top-up year?
You can only join the level 8 top up degree programme if you already have an academic qualification at level 7, i.e. an ordinary degree in a closely related discipline.
Therefore we think the most likely route for you will be to start with the QQI Bachelor of Business (Level 7) Degree programme
first and on completion of this programme, you can progress onto our level 8 top-up degree.
My IELTS exam score was 5.5. Will you accept this score?
As a non-native speaker of English we really want you to be comfortable and enjoy the content of the course. For this reason, you really must have an English language level of IELTS 6.5+ or its equivalent for this degree programme.
As our sister school (in the same building here in Galway, Ireland) provides English language training, we really have everything you need under one roof. We can assess your level easily and recommend the best course for you to get up to the level you need.
Additionally, all international learners must complete a 4-week Pre-Sessional Business English course prior to the beginning of all Galway Business School academic programmes.
Please contact us for more information.
What is the deadline for submitting an application for the BA Business course?
Our business degree programme will start on 27th September 2021 and you should apply directly at the school. The academic team is very responsive and your application will be processed promptly.
The deadline for applications is late August and it is advisable to apply as quickly as possible as sometimes there are limited places available.
Also, early booking might qualify you for a discounted fee, you might contact the admission team to find out if they have any early booking discount fees or bursary in place for new applications.
I am an international student. Can I study part-time?
If you are currently not based in Ireland (and you plan to come to Ireland to complete the degree programme), as an international student, you can only apply for this programme on a full-time basis, in order to meet the Irish government’s visa status requirements.
If you are already based in Ireland (but you’re simply from another country), please get in touch with us and we will give you specific information relating to your case