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Modern Languages (Arabic, French, German, Japanese or Spanish) for International Business

Modern Languages (Arabic, French, German, Japanese or Spanish) for International Business BA (Hons)

The advanced command of a foreign language coupled with business expertise is an increasingly valuable asset in a global economy. This degree offers students the chance to enhance their learning through integrated placements at every level, including a semester abroad. They will develop linguistic confidence and an understanding of a range of topics relevant to the business world, as well as to specific territories linked to the language of choice, this will help students to make the most of internationally oriented career opportunities.

Students will cover a wide range of business subjects including marketing and business management. They will be able to improve their skills in negotiating, taking part in meetings, giving presentations and other essential management tools. We will also raise awareness of cross-cultural issues to prepare students to communicate in global situations. This course offers the chance to study in a truly international environment and will give graduates an advantage, whether going onto postgraduate study, or getting that first job.

Why choose this course?

Specialised Advice Centre

All students will have access to our Worldwise Learning Centre, which is open year-round and offers advice and support for the study of world languages and cultures, traveling, and working or studying abroad.

Great Connections

Our Confucius Institute is a partnership between UCLan, Beijing International Studies University, and Hanban, promoting Chinese culture and Language

What our students say ...

Kieran Forest
Modern Languages Graduate

"University is as much about studying as it is about discovering new things and meeting new people. It is part of the learning experience. I have so many great memories of lots of different times while I was enrolled on my course at UCLan. From the fun of being a fresher to the excitement of welcoming fresh faces, I will never regret or forget my time in Preston."


Check out our FACILITIES ...

Students will study using the latest industry-standard equipment in our professional interpreting suites and will have access to our state-of-the-art Learning Centre, where interactive video, satellite TV, computers, and other self-study audio and video materials are available on an open access basis. Our students can study additional languages using the digital technologies including Rosetta Stone.

The Worldwise Learning Centre offers a varied programme of activities designed to give students global experiences on campus and there are bursaries available to support short trips abroad during your time with us. Our Worldwise Learning Centre offers five-day work experience placements and short-term internships for graduates and final year students.


Employability

A variety of specialist options are available which will prepare students for future postgraduate study, a career working in international business, or turning their skills to interpreting/translation or teaching. In a climate of fierce global competition a degree which combines practical business and language expertise will greatly enhance employability.


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

UNISTATS Data and UCAS Codes

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.

Arabic for International Business - TN61 / BA/AIBu
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

Key Information

  • Duration:

    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.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    Various - more information; Short form: Various

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent and preferably a foreign language at C/4 (or good Personal Statement)

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Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Business for Professional Communication
  • Business Placement Module 1
  • Core Language (double module)
  • Option modules

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to International Management and Enterprise
  • Core Language
  • Option Module (chose from the language or international business)
  • Placement Abroad (Triple module)

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Managing International Business
  • Business Placement Module 2
  • Core Language
  • Option Module (e.g. Interpreting; Literature; Translation; Cinema; Asia Pacific Studies; Marketing; Accounting and Finance; Tourism; Event Management)
  • Language for International Business research project

Late Applications

Learning Environment

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.


What Opportunities will I have?

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.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.