BSc International Business and Modern Languages

Helene Michelet International Business and Modern Languages Aston University

What I will remember most fondly about my time at Aston University are the lecturers, whose passion and encouragement made a heavy workload a lot easier to handle.”

Helene Michelet

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/BBB

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

The unique structure of this degree sets it apart as a market leader for students who want to study business and languages together. You will learn how to manage international relationships and develop leadership qualities for cross-cultural working.

Integrated placement year abroad
92% Overall Satisfaction in International Business and French (National Student Survey, 2017)
Employed Aston business graduates earn £9,300 (35%) more than the UK average five years after graduating
Business & Management studies ranked Top 30 (Complete University Guide, 2018)
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Course information 

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 Extended 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/4
GCSE English – grade C/4

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

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,630 for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2017). More on fees

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

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 acquire these skills are hugely valued by 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. Due to this unique integrated structure, the course remains a market leader for students wanting to study Business and Modern Languages.

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

Students  also have the option to study Chinese, Arabic or Portuguese at beginners level, giving you the opportunity to gain a good working knowledge of Arabic, Chinese or Portuguese by the end of your degree 

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:

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisation Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • International Business Environment (English) 

Courses taught in French, German, Spanish or Chinese:

  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain, China)
  • French/German/Spanish/Chinese Language Skills
  • Introduction to French/German/Spanish/Chinese Speaking Countries
  • History of France, Germany (Introduction to the German Speaking Countries; Postwar Germany) and Spain/Latin America, China
  • Arabic Language (beginners) or
  • Chinese Language (beginners) or
  • Portuguese Language (beginners) or
  • Japanese Language (beginners)

Year 2

Courses taught in English:

  • Strategic Finance
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Data Analysis & Modelling for Management

  • Operations Management 

  • International Business Environment 

Courses taught in French, German, Spanish or Chinese:

  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain, China)
  • French/German/Spanish/Chinese Language Skills
  • Politics and Society
  •  Culture and Conflict 
  • 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:

  • International Finance
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • International Business Economics
  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain, China)
  • French/German/Spanish/Chinese Language Skills

Optional modules:

  • International Marketing
  • International Operations       
  • Global Working
Courses taught in French, German, Spanish or Chinese:
  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain, China)
  • A selection of modules on French/German/Spanish/Chinese culture
  • Dissertation or
  • Arabic language (advanced) or
  • Chinese language (advanced) or
  • Portuguese language (advanced)

Learning & teaching

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.

Course director

Dr Leonidas Anastasakis

Telephone: 0121 204 3322
Email: c.benoit@aston.ac.uk 

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.

IBML graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. Exemptions are dependent upon the options you have followed. 

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)


Graduate may be able to claim a Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) 'standard award', which give credits towards CII professional qualifications in financial services and insurance. Graduate must apply directly to the CII.

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.

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).
  • Analyst - Accenture
  • Financial Consultant - Thales
  • Graduate Programme, Markets Division - Deutsche Bank
  • Operations Manager- Graduate Scheme - DHL
  • Grad Scheme- IBM
  • Auditor - KPMG Luxembourg

We'd love to hear from you.

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