BA (Hons) International Business with Languages

Events taking place around the world can and do impact the global economy and our ability to trade across borders. International businesses across sectors recognise the impact that global issues can have on their bottom line. Business graduates who understand regional and cultural differences are in demand as industries seek to find sustainable and ethical ways of working that have a positive impact on profit, people and planet.

The International Business with Languages degree from Glasgow Caledonian University brings you practical and research-based business and language teaching. You will have the opportunity to master two foreign languages including French, Spanish, German or Italian, to study abroad with your chosen languages via international study exchange, and to gain experience in the business, management and leadership skills you will use throughout your international business career.

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  • 2022/23


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BA (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
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Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBBB (incl English or another essay-based subject (History or Modern Studies) and a Language) Nat 5: C (Maths)
Minimum entry requirement: BBBBC (incl English or another essay-based subject (History or Modern Studies) and a Language) Nat 5: C (Maths)

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

A level: BCC (incl AS Level: B:Language) GCSE: C/4 (Maths and English)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 (incl H2: English and Language) H5/O2:(Maths)
IB Diploma: 26 points (incl English, Maths and Language)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip AS Level: B (Language) GCSE: C/4(Maths and English)

Required Language: French, German, Italian or Spanish

Year 3
College HND: Business with Languages - graded units BB/AC 

Required Language: Two languages required - Intermediate Spanish one other language at Introductory level (German, Italian or French)

English language
IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Choose Glasgow Caledonian University and graduate with an EPAS accredited degree. As a GCU graduate, you belong to a global network connected by shared values and a sense of ethical responsibility. Our Business School graduates go on to enjoy careers at home and internationally.

You will develop the business and language skills and confidence you need to become a responsible leader and an effective global citizen. You will enjoy working alongside students from a wide range of business disciplines and learning from leaders of enterprise and social enterprise. Research-based teaching and live casework covers core subjects like international finance, human resources, business economics and international marketing. Through masterclass and guest lecture events, you will analyse professional practice and its impact on international business and society.

We focus on developing the knowledge and skills that you need to join a world-class business or organisation. You can choose French, Spanish, German or Italian to form the two language elements of your degree.

Level 1

Enterprising Behaviours for the Business Professional; Essentials of Managing Human Resources; Language 1; Fundamentals of Financial Management; International Economic Issues and Challenges; Language 2


Level 2

Ethics and Responsible Leadership; Language 1; Financial Management for Decision Makers; International Institutions and Environments; Social Media Marketing; Language 2


Level 3

Entrepreneurship for Business, Society and the Professions; International Business Strategy; Language 1; Business Research Methods: Theory and Practice; Operations Management; Language 2; Exchange opportunity available through application


Level 4

Honours Dissertation; Language 1; Leading Organisations in a Changing Global Context; Managing Sustainable Business Excellence; Language 2


The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.

We are a diverse, lively academic community welcoming international students from all over the world. Our campus provides a welcoming, safe learning zone where new ideas and tried and tested practices can be discovered and rediscovered.

The teaching you receive is informed by the latest research methods and designed around a core spine of professional practice. You will have the opportunity to take part in international exchanges. You will study alongside students from a range of business degree programmes, getting together to work on group projects. Attending lectures and masterclasses led by business and social enterprise leaders, you will gain real industry insight. These unique opportunities will allow you to discover best practice and innovative solutions that can help shape your career.

This programme has been awarded accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EFMD accreditation is recognised worldwide as the quality standard for business and management graduates. Accredited degrees such as this meet the high-quality standards set for programme delivery.

This programme is also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students are eligible for Associate Membership whilst studying on the programme.

At Glasgow Caledonian University, we bring bright, experienced leaders and entrepreneurs on to campus to share their experiences with you. Through live casework; analysing and challenging current practice; you will establish your own innovative business practices and management styles.

We know that international business can contribute to a more sustainable, equal future for all. You can discover more about the impact that business has internationally by visiting partner institutions via student exchange. We offer exchange opportunities in Europe, Canada, the USA, Australia or Latin America.

We also support European exchange and study abroad opportunities via the Erasmus Student Network.

UHatch is our campus-based business incubator. It is here that social entrepreneurship, responsible leadership, curiosity and divergent thinking is put into practice on a daily basis. Students and entrepreneurs are working together to address real societal issues and making their business ideas a reality.

As a student of the Glasgow School for Business and Society, you also have the unique opportunity to become a member of Enactus GCU. Enactus is an international non-profit organization which allows you to work with other like-minded students to co-design and co-deliver entrepreneurial projects that empower people to make real, sustainable progress for our community. You can benefit from the support of an Enactus UK network that offers mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as leadership and managerial training.

Increasingly, society is looking to business owners and managers to lead the way in creating a fairer, more sustainable world. Social responsibility, ethics and sustainability are at the top of our agenda. We are the first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact. This is the world's biggest voluntary corporate responsibility partnership. We are committed to the UNs Global Goals. This is a clear calling to all future leaders who want to build an inclusive and sustainable global economy.

We are the University for the Common Good, our Business degrees are focused on social responsibility in business. We are members of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network. As such, we prepare future leaders and managers to deal with some of the complex challenges facing business and society. Join us and discover social responsibility and leadership practices that leave a lasting impact.

You will receive a range of individual and group assessments. Exams are used in some modules; however, many assignments are coursework based. You will be asked for written reports, presentations, portfolios, blogs and wikis on the subjects you are studying.

We provide experiential learning. This means that you get to take part in real-world projects, case studies and research-based assessments. You will find that this way of learning gives you an expertise that is easier to transfer into real life practice. Live case work can help improve your critical thinking in the business context. During your degree you will build a bank of experiences that you can reflect on and learn from.

Successful leaders and managers need to know how to work as part of a diverse, often virtual team. We believe that group work is an essential practice for every business student. We actively feature group projects, presentations and report writing in our degree modules.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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