International Business with Language, BA Hons

  • Keen to work in international markets? Want to be a global manager or entrepreneur? Want to master another language?
  • Learn in a diverse community of international teaching staff and multinational students.
  • Experience how cultural differences affect business while spending a year abroad on overseas exchange scheme
  • Our degree allows you to study a language starting from a basic level.



Globalisation continues to rapidly increase across the business environment, raising demand for graduates with the right skills.

Knowledge of international business is highly valued by companies of all sizes across the globe. In an increasingly internationalised business world, this degree provides you with exciting opportunities and the capabilities to succeed.

We will equip you with the skills necessary to exploit the opportunities that globalisation offers in a multicultural and diverse setting. You will interact with a variety of different cultures that offer invaluable experiences to transfer you onto an international career path.

Diverse community

More than half of our teaching team have spent a year studying and working internationally. Our tutors will share these personal experiences and cutting edge research to help broaden your international outlook.

Our current students make up 50 nationalities, providing a chance to exchange ideas on global business with peers from around the world.

Course structure

Study courses on international business management, strategy, trade and markets, globalisation, and emerging economies. 

All our courses cover main business topics from an international perspective. Looking at the operation of multinational companies, you will develop real business problem solving skills.

This degree offers a balance of:

  • Content based courses which provide you with intellectual insights into tools that support today's international businesses
  • Professional skill based courses to develop your employability and prepare you for the ever changing job market.

Language options

You will have the opportunity to study language courses in either Mandarin, French, Italian or Spanish, starting from beginner to intermediate. Your entry level will be determined by an initial assessment. 


In additional to the standard September start, international students may also begin this programme in January. If you choose a January start, you will study over the summer months in order to begin your second year in September.


We aim to:

  • Equip you with the skills to understand organisations, management strategy and the changing external environment in which they operate
  • Enable you to effortlessly adapt to new cultures and business etiquette
  • Develop your skills to become an international manager or entrepreneur when you graduate

Your Programme Leader

I am Dr Michael Wynn-Williams, the leader for the International Business degree. I have worked overseas for many years gaining invaluable insights into the local cultures and approaches to business.

I have worked in the aeronautical and business consultancy fields, alongside a keen interest in the automotive industry. You are welcome to contact me directly with any enquiries about this programme.

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.


Business skills and fluency in your chosen language will enable you to explore international careers in both the public and private sectors. 

Our previous Graduates have found employment in general management, functional management and management consultancy, all with international firms.

You also have the option to continue with postgraduate education or launch your own business as an entrepreneur.

Success Stories

Katharina Greve

After Greenwich, Katharina completed a Master's in Management at the London School of Economics and went on to study a PhD at the University of Cambridge in the field of Operations Management.

Jez Frampton

After completing BA Hons International Business in 1992, Jez is now the Global Chief Executive Officer of Interbrand, the world's leading brand consultancy. He is also a regular commentator at the BBC, CNN and FOX.


The University of Greenwich has been ranked one of the top two 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.

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. 

Work placement

You can gain the insight and practical skills that employers seek in graduates. Our Employability Office will assist you in securing a placement before the sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies our team also offer a range of mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

Previous students have secured placement opportunities with companies such as:

  • IBM
  • Sandals Resort
  • NHS
  • Bloomberg.

The sandwich year (work placement) will appear as a 30 credit course on your Diploma if completed successfully.


In addition to a placement, you can also undertake internships during your summer breaks. These will appear on your graduate diploma, showcasing your experience to employers.

Summer School

You will have the opportunity to apply for our partially funded summer school programme. Previous trips include locations such as Chile and Italy where you will be able to improve your language skills and explore the culture.

International Business Student Conference

Have the opportunity to attend our annual event to network and showcase your talents during your final year.

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.

Tier 1 Graduate

We encourage our graduates with credible business ideas to develop their business under academic supervision. International students who wish to develop their business in the UK after graduation may be able to apply for a visa Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) scheme, subject to eligibility and availability.

Extra-curricular activities

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

We will encourage you to join societies such as Economics & Business Society. It provides an additional forum for students to meet and discuss current trends with faculty and guest speakers.

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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