Full-time: Three years. Part-time: Usually five years. For students wishing to study on a part-time basis, please notice the requirement of a semester abroad.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Various - more information; Short form: Various
Preston (Campus code: U)
Do you want to study a language on a highly practical course? Our Modern Languages for International Business programme of degree courses offers you the chance to enhance your learning through integrated placements at every level, including a semester abroad.
With routes for French, German, Spanish, Arabic and Japanese languages, our degree courses will enable you to develop linguistic confidence and an understanding of a range of topics relevant to the business world, as well as to specific territories linked to your language of choice. The advanced command of a foreign language coupled with business expertise is an increasingly valuable asset in a global economy which will help you to make the most of internationally-oriented career opportunities.
For Arabic, Japanese or Spanish ab initio:
280 - 320 points at A-level (A2); General Studies accepted
BTEC: Distinction Merit Merit – Distinction Distinction Merit, and preferably a GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) in a Foreign Language or good GCSEs and statement
For French, German, Japanese or Spanish post-A-level:
280 - 320 points at A-level (A2) inc relevant language; General Studies accepted
BTEC: Distinction Merit Merit – Distinction Distinction Merit, plus A-level (A2) or equivalent in relevant language
2 years HE experience and 2 years in language.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.
As we move further into the 21st Century, international trade and communication becomes ever more important. Today, an advanced command of a foreign language coupled with business expertise is an increasingly valuable asset in many jobs and professions. Just as firms develop their global scope, many graduates are looking to the international business context as an outlet for their talents. The practical programme of study in Modern Languages for International Business offers you the chance to develop the key communicative language skills appropriate to the business environment, as well as providing you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the international business context. Placements at every level of the course give you the chance to put your learning into practice in real-life situations.
Studying Modern Languages for International Business at UCLan, you will focus on the modern business world as well as your chosen language: the territories where it is spoken, the people and the culture. A variety of specialist options are available which will prepare you for future postgraduate study, a career working in international business, or turning your skills to interpreting/translation or teaching.
On this programme, you will cover a wide range of business subjects including marketing and business management. You will be able to improve your skills in negotiating, taking part in meetings, giving presentations and other essential management tools. We will also raise your awareness of cross-cultural issues to prepare you to communicate in global situations. This course offers you the chance to study in a truly international environment. It will give you an advantage, whether going onto postgraduate study, or getting that first job.
For the language-based components of the course, the use of contemporary written and spoken language is central to the course, so you will have plenty of opportunity to develop your language skills. Learning materials are varied and include newspaper articles, CDs and DVDs, audio-visual material and internet-based resources. We have designed our modules so that they have clear practical applications.
The placement modules at every level of study allow you to develop your skills further in an international context whether at home or abroad. In your first and final years of (full-time) study you will spend time in an international organisation gaining experience of the working environment as well as getting the chance to discover how foreign languages enhance business interaction. You will spend the second semester of the second year of study (full-time), abroad on a work placement or as a student following courses in business and language.
If it is to prepare you properly for life, a degree course must be a challenging and inspiring experience, and we believe that the programme we offer is precisely that. We have a sympathetic and dynamic team of staff with a firm commitment to excellence and a desire to help you succeed
The key information statistics for the various combinations of languages on the BA (Hons) Modern Languages course are listed below. These will open in a new browser window.
French for International Business - RN11 - BA/FIBu
German for International Business - RN21 - BA/GIB
Japanese for International Business - TN21 - BA/JIB
Spanish for International Business - RN41 - BA/SIB
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used, including lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions and visiting lecturers. The use of contemporary written and spoken language is emphasised in your foreign language classes, so you will have plenty of opportunities to practise your skills. Learning materials are varied. You will also have access to our Worldwise Learning Centre, where interactive video, satellite TV, computers and various audio-visual materials are available on an open-access basis. In additional, personal study forms an integral part of the course.
Assessment is undertaken by a combination of in-class tests and examinations and take-home assignments
A variety of specialist options are available which will prepare you for future postgraduate study, a career working in international business, or turning your skills to interpreting/translation or teaching. In a climate of fierce global competition, a degree which combines practical business and language expertise will enhance your employability.
Placements are available as part of every level of the course, including a semester abroad and the course gives you a chance to improve essential employability tools throughout your studies.
You’ll cover a wide range of business subjects including marketing and business management incorporating a dual development of intercultural communication and business acumen.
The Worldwise Learning Centre within the School offers five-day work experience placements and short-term internships for final year students.
Please use the following UCAS codes according to your chosen pathway:
(Pathway: UCAS code / short form)
Arabic: TN61 / BA/AIBu
French: RN11 / BA/FIBu
German: RN21 / BA/GIB
Japanese: TN21 / BA/JIB
Spanish: RN41 / BA/SIB