Higher Diploma in Business Language and Culture in East Asia (September 2016)

University College Cork (HDBLCE)
Key Programme Details

Higher Diploma

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime


Part Time


ECTS Credits



School of Asian Studies, UCC

General Information

Lorna Moloney




021 4904700


Adult Continuing Education, Western Road, University College Cork.

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


About this Course

UCC's Higher Diploma in Business, Language and Culture in East Asia introduces participants to the cultural understanding, languages, and practical skills required to successfully interact, negotiate, and trade with businesses in East Asia, primarily Greater China (the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan), South Korea, and Japan. Native-speaker tuition in an East Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) combines with an academically-grounded but practically-focused training in the cultural underpinnings of business behaviour in East Asia, to produce graduates with the sociocultural and business competences needed at every stage of doing business with East Asian partners. Teaching includes leading-edge case studies on Irish companies in Asia, work-shops, on-line materials, and real-life testimony from business practitioners and diplomats able to introduce contemporary best practice.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold a Level 8 (Honours) degree or equivalent qualification. Candidates without the relevant educational qualification, but who have relevant experience may also apply.

All applicants whose first language is not English should have attained IELTS 6.5 (with no individual section lower than 5.5) or TOEFL equivalent.

A selection committee may seek to interview applicants. In the case of competition for places selection will be made on the basis of the candidate's experience and interview performance (if required to attend for interview).

Long Description

The programme comprises three core elements:

1. The historical/cultural component not only develops participants' analytical and communication skills and provides an essential underpinning to the more practical elements of the course. East Asian philosophy is focused on knowing the correct interpersonal behaviour to adopt in any situation, so it is not an abstract concept, but essential if any business venture is to progress beyond the first meeting.

2. The more applied element provides detailed advice and training from a range of practitioners on e.g. intercultural negotiation and conflict resolution, market analysis, sales and distribution, business documentation and logistics. The emphasis is on knowledge, skills and contacts that participants can apply immediately in their career.

3. The mentored work placement run in conjunction with our industry partner, Cork Chamber of Commerce, and the focused business report produced from it hone students' analytical and writing skills as they research sectors of specific interest and experience the realities of doing business with East Asia.

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired the understanding and competences to interact effectively in the complex, cross-cultural business environments that make up East Asia.

Career Opportunities

A dedicated UCC Employability and Work Placement Advisor will provide:

1. Individual career coaching for each candidate, culminating in the development of a personal action plan for their transition into employment.

2. Help for candidates in securing suitable work placements to fulfil course requirements. Work placements will be sourced by the Work Placement advisor and will be offered to students on a competitive basis. Placement preparation workshops are also offered to students.

3. The following workshops will be built into all UCC Springboard programmes:

Positioning oneself for Job Readiness:
*Exploring self-awareness and setting realistic career objectives;
*Understanding your strengths, development needs, opportunities and threats;
*Looking at role models and finding creative solutions to common job-hunting challenges;
*Developing a career-management strategy and maximising your reputation on-line.

Moving Forward into Employment:
*Taking action by developing career goals and implementing them;
*Creative job-hunting both on-line and off-line;
*Written applications, CVs and interview preparation;
*Implementing career plans.

Timetable Info

Timetable information will depend on language specialism chosen and will be available on commencement of the programme.

Delivery Location

This course will be delivered on UCC's main campus.

Admissions Contact Details

Lorna Moloney


Adult Continuing Education, Western Road, University College Cork.


021 4904700



RPL Information

RPL may be used by Springboard participants applying to this course to gain exemptions from some part of the programme. The RPL process for UCC Springboard students shall focus on the prior achievement of relevant learning outcomes by the student. Exemptions shall normally be given on a module-by-module basis, vis-à-vis the student having already achieved the learning outcomes. Exemptions will not normally be approved for more than 20 credits of the programme.

Application Procedures

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie. Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Candidates must present precise information in their application about prior knowledge of / qualifications in the languages they want to study, as well as providing a clear indication (even if provisional) about which languages they want to take from the following available languages: German, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese. Candidates MUST specify which language they elect as a major language (20 credits) and which one is chosen as a minor language (10 credits).

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the following documentation available at the time of application:

* Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational or language qualifications

* Current CV including prior knowledge of languages

* References where applicable

* Copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate for non-native English speakers.

Candidates may be required to complete a brief language proficiency test.