BA (Hons)(SW/YAB) International Business

Available to non EU students

This course is due to be validated at a Validation conditions event which will be held on 05/2017.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Validation.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Validation process in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

About the course

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Our BA (Hons) International Business is a dynamic degree designed to help you become one of tomorrow’s business leaders. Supported by Hertfordshire Business School’s experienced academic team, you’ll gain the management skills, language abilities and cultural awareness you  need to thrive in the international business environment.

It’s a four-year course filled with exciting travel opportunities. As well as studying here with us in the UK, you’ll have the chance to live and work abroad for either one or two years – travelling to one, two or even three other countries. This powerful international experience, combined with your new language skills, will make you a stand-out candidate with a real competitive edge.

Spending your Third Year abroad is compulsory and you’ll be able to do so in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia or Australia. You can spend the whole year in one country or split your time between two. Equally, while you’re abroad, you can study at one of our accredited partner universities for the full year or spend half studying and the other half on a work placement. You can also choose to study abroad in your Second Year, taking the equivalent course at one of our partner universities.

Although this is a four-year degree, you won't have to pay tuition fees in your compulsory third year abroad. If you study abroad in your Second Year too, you’ll only pay 15% of your fees for that year. If you travel to Europe, you’ll be eligible for an Erasmus grant, and if you travel outside Europe you may be eligible for one of our Global Scholarships or a Santander Universities Scholarship.

Because they give you such a career advantage, studying a language is compulsory in the First Year. After that, language study is optional, but if you decide to study the same language throughout your degree, it will be included in your degree title. You can choose French, German, Spanish, Mandarin or Japanese. 

We’re pleased to say that our BA (Hons) International Business has been EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS is a highly respected international scheme which awards accreditation to courses that meet its high standards and have a strong international perspective.

When you study abroad during your Third Year, you’ll be able to choose from over 90 partner universities worldwide. Wherever you choose, it’s a great opportunity to meet people from other countries, form friendships, travel and explore other cultures. You’ll be able to study in English and the University’s Study Abroad office will help you find the right place and support you while you’re away. 

Why choose this course?

  • Study for your degree at the UK’s leading business-facing university.
  • Opt for a course with 100% student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).
  • Learn powerful business theories, practices and skills from a highly regarded academic team.
  • Travel to one, two or even three different countries, building confidence cultural awareness and valuable language skills.
  • Study abroad for one or two years, with the option of a semester’s overseas work placement too.

Key staff

Dr Ali Malik
Programme Leader

Ms Michelle McPhail
Deputy Programme Leader

Professional Accreditations

Our BA International Business has been EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS is a highly respected international scheme which awards accreditation to courses that meet its high standards and have a strong international perspective.

Careers

This EPAS-accredited international business degree gives you exceptional employability and 95%  of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating. They go into a wide range of roles in both internationally oriented UK businesses and in organisations all over the world.

Some of our graduates are offered jobs by the companies they took placements with, while others join graduate training schemes with globally focused companies. Some work as international experts within smaller businesses, and others secure professional roles in multi-national companies. Each year a number of our students also stay on to study at postgraduate level

Teaching methods

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics. 

Work Placement

As part of your BA International Business, you can take an optional overseas work placement during your Third Year. It’s a great opportunity to work in an international context, getting hands-on experience of another country’s language, culture and working practices.

Your placement can take you anywhere in the world. It’s entirely your choice, as long as you can find a suitable full-time opportunity that isn’t in the UK (or your home country, if you’re not from the UK). It needs to last for a minimum of 18 weeks and a maximum of six months, as you’ll also have to study abroad for a semester during the same year.

Study Abroad

Every aspect of this degree is internationally focused, from the modules you’ll study here with us at Hertfordshire to the exciting year – or two – you’ll spend studying abroad. There are opportunities to gain global perspectives, develop language skills, work overseas and build your confidence.

It’s a course with a great deal of flexibility, including the possibility of living, working and studying across three different continents. Where you travel depends on your interests, ambitions and language skills, but you’ll be able to choose from over 90 international partner universities, each fully accredited for the quality of its courses and student support.

The result is a qualification shaped entirely around you – a degree designed to help you become a

confident, highly skilled business professional ready to launch an incredible international career.

This course is due to be validated at a Validation conditions event which will be held on 05/2017.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Validation.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Validation process in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Principles of Marketing - 15 Credits
  • Accounting for Business - 15 Credits
  • International Environment of Business 1: Economics - 15 Credits
  • People and Organisations - 15 Credits
  • International Environment of Business 2: Law, Ethics and Culture - 15 Credits
  • Quantitative Methods for Management - 15 Credits
  • People and Organisations - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Mandarin Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 4b - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Human Resource Management in Europe - 15 Credits
  • Financial Management - 15 Credits
  • Economics of European Integration - 15 Credits
  • European Consumer Markets: Issues and Trends - 15 Credits
  • Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • International Supply Chain Management in Europe - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Project Planning and Control - 15 Credits
  • Digital Marketing in Practice - 15 Credits
  • Organisational Psychology - 15 Credits
  • European Employment Relations - 15 Credits
  • Enhancing Employability - 15 Credits
  • Geopolitics - 15 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Asia Pacific) - 60 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Australia) - 60 Credits
  • French Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Aspects of European Law - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Contemporary Issues in International Management - 15 Credits
  • International Strategic Management - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Ethics, Business and Sustainability - 15 Credits
  • HBS Placement - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Industrial Placement Sem B only - 0 Credits
  • Industrial Placement Year - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia) - 0 Credits
  • Issues in International Relations - 15 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (North America) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Australia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad A (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad B (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Industrial Placement (Semester A) - 0 Credits
  • Dissertation - Economics - 30 Credits
  • Dissertation - Accounting - 30 Credits
  • Dissertation - Finance - 30 Credits
  • International Production and Governance - 15 Credits
  • Issues in Global Economy - 15 Credits
  • Dissertation - Human Resources - 30 Credits
  • Dissertation - Management - 30 Credits
  • Information Systems and Knowledge Management - 15 Credits
  • Dissertation - Tourism - 30 Credits
  • Global Marketing Ethics and Culture - 15 Credits
  • Dissertation - Marketing - 30 Credits
  • Islamic Banking and Finance - 15 Credits
  • International Financial Management - 15 Credits
  • Training and Development - 30 Credits
  • Social Networking and Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship - 30 Credits
  • Marketing Communications - 30 Credits
  • Research Methods - 0 Credits
  • Placement Portfolio - 0 Credits
  • International HRM in Practice - 15 Credits
  • Corporate Financial Strategy - 15 Credits
  • French Mini Project - 15 Credits
  • German Mini Project - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Mini Project - 15 Credits
  • German Project - 30 Credits
  • French Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 6b - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,350 for the 2017 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2018 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,950 for the 2018 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

View detailed information about tuition fees

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

Entry requirements...

112 UCAS points from qualifications which include a minimum of two 4 unit qualifications (e.g. A Levels), one 8 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Diploma) or one 12 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma).

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from 2017 onwards).

‘All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.’

For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

As you take a language as part of your degree, please refer to the Business School languagespage to check your eligibility.

N.B. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your applications as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.test.test

How to apply

2018

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28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

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28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)