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In today's global environment, employers expect graduates to have an international perspective, to understand how business operates with customers and suppliers around the world, and how they are affected by events in other countries. By choosing a degree in International Business with Languages, you’ll gain a solid foundation in business and management together with a recognised foreign language competency that will position you well for a career in international business.

GCU is one of just 69 institutions worldwide to achieve EPAS accreditation which demonstrates to employers that your degree is world-class. The university was commended by EPAS for its exceptional commitment to the ethics, responsibility and sustainability (ERS) agenda. Our graduates contribute to a society which is concerned about sustainable and ethical business.

Initially you will study broad business curriculum including work-based culture, financial management, international economics, marketing, human resource management and law, from both a UK and international perspective. As you progress in your studies there will be a greater emphasis on the international, cultural, sustainable and ethical context of business. You can choose to further develop your international perspective through an international study exchange.

If you wish to graduate with a named degree in BA International Business with Language, you will need to choose BA (Hons) International Business with Language on application to GCU via UCAS.

What you will study

International Business with Languages (1st-year specialism option) includes a recognised qualification in your choice of Spanish, French, German or Italian for a career in international business. We will prepare you to become a graduate ready for success, acquiring a broad business and management foundation, a global outlook on ethical and sustainable business, essential leadership capability and communication skills to fit your career aspirations. Please be aware that Languages are only offered as an International Business ‘with’ Languages award rather than a joint award.

Recent graduates have secured employment with the BBC, Diageo, Dell, SSE, Tesco PLC, Erasmus Student Network (ESN), Enterprise Rent-A-Car, KPMG UK and Glasgow City Council.

Year 1

Introduction to International Business modules including Workplace Culture and Behaviour, The Business of Social Science, International Economic Issues and Challenges, Fundamentals in Financial Management, Foundations of Marketing, Law in Business or a Language module

Year 2

Society, Employability and Business, Essentials of Managing Human Resource, Contemporary Cultural Challenges in International Business, Financial Management for Decision Makers, International Institutions and Environments ora language module and an option module

Year 3

The Enterprise Value Challenge, Business Research Methods and Skills, International Business Strategy, Ethical Trade and International Market Entry Operations Management and an option, exchange opportunity available through application, direct entry students are offered the opportunity for exchange in Trimester B

Year 4

Honours Dissertation and modules in Contemporary Issues in World Economy, Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility and Ethics in International Business and two other specialist modules (dependent on specialism selected)

Entry requirements

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.

Year 1

SQA Higher

AABBB including English and language (French, German, Italian or Spanish) PLUS Nat 5 Maths at C

A Level

BCC including AS Level French, German, Italian or Spanish at B, PLUS GCSE Maths and English at C/4

ILC Higher

H1, H2, H2, H3, H3, including English and language at H2 or above PLUS Maths at O1

IB Diploma

25 points must include Maths


Level 3 Extended Diploma at DMM including AS Level French, German, Italian or Spanish at B PLUS GCSE Maths and English at C/4

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and Funding

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

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


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 £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International Student Start Dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

EPAS Accredited

The Business Programme Suite, BA/BA(Hons) International Business (including joint awards) and BA/BA(Hons) Business Management, is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation Scheme (EPAS).

Benchmarked against international standards, GCU is one of just 69 institutions worldwide to achieve EPAS accreditation. The university was commended by EPAS for its exceptional commitment to the ethics, responsibility and sustainability (ERS) agenda. This endorsement provides our graduates with an assurance that their qualification is among the best in the world.

Five Star award

This course has been awarded five QS Stars as part of the prestigious QS Stars Business Schools rating system which covers over 30 areas of assessment.?

Industry Links

This programme has a strong emphasis on connecting students directly with businesses. We regularly invite guest speakers into the classroom to give you an up-to-date employer and industry perspective. You will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience through 'live' case study challenges and projects giving you a unique insight into the workings of some of the biggest companies in the UK.

At a digital level, you'll be collaborating with real business leaders and CEOs using social media, wikis and blogs, providing you with practical skills, networking opportunities, key insights and a competitive edge at graduation.

Assessment Methods

Our approach to learning, teaching and assessment is tailored to the needs of international businesses. We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that not only will you gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of the international business world, but also develop your intellectual and personal skills.

Assessment strategies involve traditional approaches such as exams and essays but also include more contemporary forms of assessment which are work related to preparing you for the workplace's style of reporting (e.g. presentations/reports) or use digital technologies and mobile devices.

Teaching Methods

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that the programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centered, practical and relevant to the needs of the student and employers. We've moved the focus to a more independent learning approach, where you will be encouraged to generate and critically evaluate theory and practice.

As well as the traditional lecture, seminar and workshop formats, we adopt a multi-platform approach to learning that includes a wide range of supporting material, including podcasts, webinars (internet-based seminars), discussion boards and independent (including web-based) study. In tutorials, we encourage students to participate and contribute to the learning environment through discussion and group work.

Throughout our programme, you will also engage in 'real world' scenarios through live industry projects, case studies and investigations and be encouraged to maximise industry links and work experience to put into practice the theoretical concepts and frameworks you're learning.

The range of modules from theoretical to practical and business-orientated is designed to equip you with a critical awareness of the role of business in society. You will develop the wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to excel as a leader in industry or to launch your career as a (social) entrepreneur.

Program taught in:
  • English

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