BSc International Business and Modern Languages (IBML)

There is a growing demand for managers with an international outlook.  This degree programme combines business modules taught in English and in your modern language(s) of choice: French, German or Spanish.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop your skills by studying business modules taught in both English and in your modern language(s) of choice: French, German or Spanish 
  • Improve your employability by understanding other countries, the business environment and developing a relevant business vocabulary 
  • Enhance your business and language skills on your integrated 12 month work or study placement
  • Business at Aston is currently ranked Top 20 in the UK for both Student Satisfaction and Employability in the 2015 Complete University Guide.

4 year with integrated placement year

UCAS Codes:

  • NR11 (International Business and French)

  • NR12 (International Business and German)

  • NR14 (International Business and Spanish)

  • NR24 (International Business, German and Spanish)

  • NR33 (International Business, French and German)

  • NR44 (International Business, French and Spanish) 

Students studying a single language have the option to learn Chinese or Arabic or Portuguese as a minor part of their programme.

Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB - ABB 
IB: 34 points. Minimum scores of 6, 6, 5 at Higher level. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level. Score of 6 at Higher level required in the relevant language(s)
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC National Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course. Please note relevant language(s) competency must be separately qualified at minimum of A-level grade B standard

Further requirements:
A level grade B (or equivalent) required in the relevant language(s)
5 GCSEs grades A*- C to include
GCSE Maths – grade C
GCSE English – grade C

General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Tuition fees: 
£9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students
£13,800 for international students

International managers need to have qualities such as drive and leadership. They need to be good communicators and sensitive to different cultures and traditions. Those who possess them are hugely valued by good employers.

This course has been designed so that the various subjects support each other. In particular, part of the Business teaching is carried out in French, German or Spanish. Thanks to this unique integrated structure, the course remains a market leader for students wanting to study Business and Modern Languages.

We aim to develop your fluency, accuracy and confidence in using the language, both in business situations and more generally. You will benefit from a sound, broad-based business education which covers marketing, economics, operations management, accounting, finance, business strategy, and business environment.

Students now also have the option to study Chinese, Arabic or Portuguese at beginners level. Students who choose to study one of these additional language modules can expect to have a good working knowledge of Arabic, Chinese or Portuguese by the end of their degree

Studying International Business & Modern Languages at Aston has been both demanding and rewarding. It has enabled me to further develop my language skills, whilst also providing me with a wide knowledge of business in an international context.

Jake Etchells

Personal development

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops skills such as team working and negotiating abilities.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

The integrated nature of the degree means that it has been designed as a whole, and the structure of it is the same, whichever languages you are taking.

On the degree, you’ll learn how to identify your customers, how businesses can be organised, how to understand financial information and how businesses take account of the world’s governments. All of these subjects are given an international dimension.

Year 1

Courses taught in English:

Courses taught in French, German or Spanish:

Year 2

Courses taught in English:

Courses taught in French, German or Spanish:

  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain)
  • French/German/Spanish Language
  • Law for IBML
  • Contemporary France/Germany/Spain and Latin America or
  • Arabic Language (intermediate) or
  • Chinese Language (intermediate) or
  • Portuguese Language (intermediate)

Year 3

You will spend this year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a French/German/Spanish speaking country. It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you would prefer.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

Courses taught in English:

Core modules:

Optional modules:

Courses taught in French, German or Spanish:
  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain)
  • Language – written and spoken
  • Dissertation or
  • Arabic language (advanced) or
  • Chinese language (advaned) or
  • Portuguese language (advanced)
You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Our integrated placement course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement abroad and/or a study placement.

Work abroad
We only approve placements which give you an appropriate level of experience and will develop your business knowledge as well as your language skills.

Study abroad
The Business Schools with which we have exchange agreements are highly regarded within their own countries and you will follow a year of their own course alongside local students.
You may also select to divide your year between a Business School and a six-month placement.

Find out more about the placement year at ABS.

The skill set gained from International Business & Modern Languages and Aston's reputation with employers were major factors that helped me get a placement with Deloitte Switzerland, who selectively only take on students from Aston and from one other university.

I couldn't have asked for a better placement year abroad, it was certainly the best experience in my life. To top it off, whilst on placement, I was given the opportunity to return to Deloitte Switzerland after I graduate. 

William Loake

The placement year abroad was a unique opportunity. I had the chance to spend six months living and working in Nice (France) for the Fondation Sophia Antipolis, and also six months in Madrid (Spain) working for Adif. This experience allowed me to further develop my linguistic skills as well as getting critical workplace experience that future employers look for when recruiting candidates.

Sofia Sjowall 

As a graduate you will be ready for the challenge of a business career, either in the UK or abroad. Your business expertise, cultural awareness and linguistic proficiency will be of particular value to companies operating in international markets and to multinational companies.

Recent graduates are now working in roles such as:

  • Business Planner- Orange (Denmark)
  • Credit Analyst- Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe (France)
  • Financial Analyst- Ford Motor Company (Germany)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Adviser- Nestlé (Switzerland).

I now work at the British Consulate-General in Munich, with the commercial agency UK Trade & Investment. On a day-to-day basis this means supporting and facilitating investment into the UK from German firms, as the Government’s local liaison point.

The job has given me some fantastic experiences as well as giving me the opportunity to live in Germany, and studying at Aston was key to this.

Ben Young

As a student with business and two languages, I was one of the first students on our course to be offered a graduate job for 2016, as an Operations Trainee with Logwin AG (an international logistics company). This was due to my international experience and perspective.

Claire Brereton

Further information

Undergraduate Admissions
Aston Business School Undergraduate Office

+44 (0) 121 204 3030

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