International Business with Language, BA Hons

  • Want to negotiate business deals? Keen to work in global markets? Want to master another language?
  • Gain an international outlook while studying abroad and understand how cultural differences affect business.
  • Our degree allows you to study a language starting from a basic level.



This degree offers you the opportunity to learn and develop the skills and knowledge you will need to succeed in the increasingly internationalised business world, and to do so in a dynamic, multicultural professional environment. 

Designed in consultation with industry experts, the programme combines extensive practical coverage of international business issues with the opportunity to study language courses in either French, Italian or Spanish, starting from beginner to intermediate. Your entry level will be determined by an initial assessment. 

On successful completion of this degree, you will be equipped with the tools to understand organisations, their management and the changing external environment in which they operate. You should also have fluency in your chosen language, enabling you to work in a global environment. 


You will have the option to undertake a work placement in your third year, providing insight and practical skills which employers seek in graduates. Previous students have secured placements at IBM, Intel and HP.

You will connect with employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Team who focus on developing your employment skills. They also provide you with CV support and will invite you to employment fairs to network with employers and recruiters from industries. The team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.

We are actively improving job prospects for graduates through the support we provide. According to survey findings, 93 per cent of 2014/15 Greenwich graduates looking for work were already in jobs or further study by January 2016.

Experience abroad

You can participate in the Erasmus+ international exchange programme. This will help improve your language skills and give you experience of living and working in another country. The Erasmus+ Scheme provides a grant towards the cost of studying abroad for a year. 

Extracurricular activities

Our Greenwich Employability Passport scheme recognises and rewards your participation in additional activities such as part-time work, volunteering, student societies or industry guest lectures.

We will encourage you to join societies such as Trading and Investment and take part in student competitions like the UK Trading Challenge. We are proud that our team of first year Greenwich students won the competition, beating teams from many other universities. 

The Economics and Business Society provides an additional forum for students to meet and discuss current trends with faculty and guest speakers. 

Business start-up

You will be encouraged to enter the university's Enterprise Challenge which rewards student entrepreneurship and innovation. Previous winners received a prize of £5,000 for their idea of developing an enterprise and study hub.


Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.


The aims of this programme are:

  • To provide students with the tools to understand organisations, their management and the changing external environment in which they operate
  • To equip students with knowledge in a foreign language
  • To prepare for and develop a career in international business and management.

Degree re-structure

This degree is currently being restructured in collaboration with employers, professional bodies and student feedback. This ensures we develop degrees that are aligned with latest industry trends and gives you the opportunity for subject specialisms. (This is standard UK practice across institutions).

The degree structure and courses listed will be updated once these are confirmed.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

120 UCAS points from at least two A-levels, of which no more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.

GCSE English language and mathematics with a minimum of grade C are required.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access courses
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education
  • Level 2 alternatives like Functional Skills and Key Skills for English and mathematics.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test. 

Alternatively, students with an overall IELTS of 5 or 5.5 can study our Pre-Sessional English language programme prior to degree studies.

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition

Direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3 is available for qualified applicants.

We welcome applications from mature students.

What people say

"The programme was unique - It was the only university where I could study international business with a language starting from a very basic level. I then improved with tailored language classes available at the university"

Jose Ramon Bua
International Business with French, BA Hons

"In my third year I became an Erasmus Champion... I had a chance to share my inspiration and my experience and desire for studying abroad."

Bridgit Bray
International Business with Spanish, BA Hons

''My social venture is called Nuna Peru which aims to support and empower rural artisans women in Peru through education and business training.''

Maria Gracia Panduro Valencia
International Business with French, BA Hons

Extra information


Students are assessed through a rich and balanced portfolio of techniques, including:

  • Assignments
  • Examinations
  • Group activities
  • Thematic diaries
  • Portfolio
  • Presentations.

Professional recognition

Students who complete the sandwich year (work placement) may gain an additional qualification, the Diploma of Professional Experience (DPE).


Business skills and fluency in your chosen language will enable you to explore international careers in both the public and private sectors. Previous graduates from this programme have found employment in general management with international firms, functional management such as finance, marketing, operations or personnel management, and international management consultancy.

Work placement

The Business School has a dedicated Employability Office to assist students in securing a placement during their sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies they also offer a range of internships, mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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