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BA (Hons)

International Business Communication (IBC)

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

Years one to three of our International Business Communication course are available to study at our partner SUIBE, located in China. Additionally, we offer Year 3 as a top up at our Preston campus.

On our International Business Course you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the role of the global leader while enhancing your English language skills.

In a global environment that’s more technologically, politically and socially connected than ever before, business professionals need to understand the global design and organisation of business work. This degree will prepare you for a thriving business career that crosses international boundaries.

You’ll develop your understanding of international business and the skills required to manage successfully in international and intercultural environments. You can shape your studies to suit your career aspirations by taking on optional modules in a business topics such as accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, politics, sales, tourism and trade.

At the same time you’ll enhance your English language skills, taking advantage of the fantastic facilities available at our Worldwise Learning Centre.

Why study with us

  • Seize opportunities to network with industry professionals.
  • Participate in intercultural student exchanges in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Cyprus.
  • Graduate with a British honours degree, complimenting your previous study in your country of origin, with global employability skills.

What you'll do

  • You’ll have access to industry-standard language learning resources at our Worldwise Learning Centre, including satellite TV, translation suites, computers, self-study audio and video materials, and software such as Rosetta Stone.
  • You’ll regularly get to hear from expert guest speakers from across the Globe who will offer you insights into the importance of Business Communication internationally.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to mix with students and staff from a wide range of cultures and languages, developing the professional language and intercultural skills that are so important for success in our globalised society.

Module Overview

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Studying this course in China

At our Preston campus in the UK, we only offer this course as a top up, allowing students to study Year 3 only. The full course is run in partnership with the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE). You are able to study years 1, 2 and 3 of this programme at SUIBE, China.

Our partnership with Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE) is a long-standing one, beginning over 20 years ago. SUIBE was first established as a Department of Foreign Languages for Foreign Trade. Then, in June 2013, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade secured Chinese Ministry of Education approval to become the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics.

They offer a broad range of programmes and courses in English for International Business, English Language and Literature, Journalism, Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (CTCFL), French and Japanese. SUIBE have developed their curriculum to reflect the globalised nature of business. They equip graduates with a global vision and high calibre skills in language, culture and communication.

The University’s mission is to advance the strengths of Shanghai and China in international trade and economics. SUIBE is actively engaged in high-level research in fields related to international trade through various research institutes.#

Find out more about Shanghai University of International Business and Economics on their website.

Future careers

As you develop your business knowledge and English language skills you’ll rapidly improve your skills in negotiating, communication, running meetings, giving presentations and other essential management skills. We’ll also increase your awareness of cross-cultural issues, preparing you to communicate in a truly international environment.

You’ll graduate with a range of valuable business skills that you’ll be ready to apply in a global context.

Our graduates have gone on to a whole range of different careers in high profile businesses all over the world, from finance to export/import companies.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year from year 1
Distance Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time£13000 per year from year 1
Distance Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£13000 per year from year 1
Distance Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year from year 1
Distance Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time£14250 per year from year 1
Distance Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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