Why Herts?
  • Over 95% of students said that they were satisfied with the learning resources on the course (NSS 2019)

About the course

Indicative course structure

If you want a career in international business and love to travel, this four-year degree is ideal. You’ll have the opportunity to spend one or two years studying, and possibly working, in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia or the Asia Pacific region. This course reflects the growing need for managers of tomorrow to have the business and leadership skills, language competency and cultural awareness for success in today’s global business environment.

This course is EPAS accredited, which is a programme accredited system of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). The EPAS is a badge of academic quality bestowed on a select group of leading business schools in the world. You can be awarded the degree ‘with language’ if you choose to study a foreign language in all years of study.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) International Business 2019 Course fact sheet 2 International Business with Eastern Language 2019 Course fact sheet 3 International Business with European Language
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) International Business 2019 Programme specification 2 Languages Programme Specification

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Why choose this course?

  • Study for an EPAS accredited degree at a internationally focused university. 
  • 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

Michelle McPhail
Deputy Programme Leader

Natasha Khilji
Acting Programme Leader

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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.

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Course details


This EPAS-accredited international business degree gives you exceptional employability and 92%  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.

What job can I get?

With a business degree, language skills and international exposure, you’ll be an attractive prospect for employers worldwide, as well as for UK-based multinationals. Many of our graduates work across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, in the financial, automotive, publishing and retail sectors. They work in fields including HR, marketing, sales, procurement and travel management. Our graduates earn an average salary of £23,000 six months after finishing the course.

Teaching methods

You will normally study four 15 credit modules in each semester 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 or 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 in three different continents. Where you travel depends on your interests, ambitions and language skills, but you’ll be able to choose from over 100 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.

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Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 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.

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Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

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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.

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Entry requirements...

Standard entry requirements

2019 Entry

96 - 168 UCAS points.

Standard IB offer ie 96 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

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

 Find out more about International Entry Requirements.

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

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

Course length
  • Sandwich, 4 Years
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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We welcome applications from international and EU students