BSc International Business and Modern Languages

Aston University International Business and Modern Languages

The overall experience at Aston has been exceptional. The sense of a close-knit community really defines my time here.”

William Loake
Tax Assistant, Deloitte

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
Explore how companies conduct business internationally
Develop your language skills in a business context
90% of students in graduate level destinations 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2014/15)

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

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:

  • Principals of Financial Accounting 
  • International Accounting
  • People & Organisations 
  • Introduction to Business Analytics 
  • Economic Environment of Business
  • International Business Environment (English) 

Courses taught in French, German or Spanish:

  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain)
  • French/German/Spanish Language
  • History of France, Germany (Introduction to the German Speaking Countries; Postwar Germany) and Spain/Latin America
  • 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

  • Strategic Finance

  • International Business Environment 

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:

  • International Finance
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • International Business Economics

Optional modules:

  • International Marketing
  • International Operations       
  • Global Working
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 (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.

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

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