Intercultural Business Communication (ICBC)

Intercultural Business Communication (ICBC) BA (Hons)

In the increasingly global, international business environment today, professionals in many fields of work need to be able to use their intercultural skills to communicate effectively and obtain the knowledge they require to achieve success for themselves and the organisations they represent. ICBC academics with considerable expertise and experience will guide students through the process of understanding and analysing communication and intercultural theories, acquiring international business and management knowledge and practicing negotiation and mediation skills.

In this course, students will draw on and further develop their knowledge, experience and motivation to improve their professional communication and intercultural skills and to learn more about international business and management. This course offers a unique chance to study in a truly international environment in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies and will give graduates a solid advantage for going onto a relevant postgraduate study course or getting that first international job.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years; Part-time: 6 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Our Worldwise Learning Centre offers advice and support for the study of world languages, cultures, travelling, and working or studying abroad.
  • You will have access to our state-of-the-art learning centre, with interactive video, satellite television, computers, and other self-study audio and video materials.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Communication Skills for the Global Workplace 1
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to Professional Digital Communication
  • Introduction to Business for Professional Communication
  • The Global Environment

Year 2

  • Communication Skills for the Global Workplace 2
  • Digital Communication Project
  • Intercultural Communication in the Workplace

Optional Module in

  • International Management
  • Enterprise
  • Research Skills

Year 3

  • Communication Skills for the Global Workplace 3
  • Managing International Business
  • Business Placement 2
  • Dissertation or Research Project

Optional Modules in

  • Digital and Corporate Communication
  • Communication for Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing
  • Tourism and Events Management
  • International Finance
  • Asia Pacific Studies

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 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 - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent and preferred foreign language at C/4 (or good statement).

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Further Information

The course taught me a lot about business terms, current business issues and communication between people from different social backgrounds. It gives you an insight into different cultures and shows how different people treat tasks and understand them.

Kathrin Remy - Germany
BA (Hons) International Business Communication with French Graduate


Most team members have taught in many countries, many have worked in industry, and some are considered leaders in their professional fields. Almost all are Fellows of the national Higher Education Academy. We have developed strong links with local, regional and international companies, some of which employ our graduates, and we continue to enhance the programme with their help and advice. We regularly invite our professional partners to present guest lectures, participate in career advice events and employment fairs.

We constantly strive to improve the quality of the courses we offer and to enhance the experience of our students; we value the feedback we get from employers, our business partners and our alumni which helps us to ensure that students have a course which is current, relevant and of the highest quality.


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 academic/business research or teaching. In a climate of fierce global competition, a degree which combines practical business knowledge and communication skills will greatly enhance employability.

Students can proceed to study a Masters degree if they would like to further their education on completion of this course, for example, the MA Intercultural Business Communication at UCLan, and/or a PhD afterwards.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Students will study in classrooms appropriately equipped with the latest means of communication and will have access to our state-of-the-art Worldwise Learning Centre, where interactive video, satellite TV, computers, and other self-study audio and video materials are available on an open access basis. The students can also study modern languages using the digital technologies including world-leading Rosetta Stone packages.

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 their time with us. Our Worldwise Learning Centre offers work experience placements and short-term internships for graduates and final year students.

Students will also have the opportunities to go on industrial and cultural visits to a variety of European and Asian countries.

Students will be taught with a variety of approaches, namely tutor-led inputs and seminars, analysis and evaluation tasks, structured, incremental tasks and activities, guided reading for seminars and research projects, simultaneous and group-based tasks, case studies and simulations, video-based analysis tasks, case studies, simulations and independent learning tasks, project and dissertation supervision.

Methods of assessment include portfolios of tasks, presentations, assessed simulations, written tests / examinations, extended projects/essays and dissertation.

The ICBC team are extremely experienced in teaching and researching. Team member’s   research interests cover all areas of Intercultural Business Communication, including digital communication, organisational culture, inter-cultural communication, discourse analysis, tourism and international advertising. Students will benefit from their lecturers’ research expertise and develop their own research skills as well.

Students will be assigned an Academic Advisor who will provide additional academic support during the year. They will be the first point of call for many of the questions that students might have during the year. The Academic Advisor will be able to help students with personal development, including developing skills in self-awareness, reflection and action planning.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.