Do you love travelling the world? Are you looking to learn another language so you can work or live abroad? Could you study management at one of the UK’s top and most international business schools?
This broad business management course offers the opportunity to learn one modern language of your choice. You spend your third year studying abroad to experience a different culture and perspective on management, as well as improve your language skills.
Being bilingual can widen your career opportunities and make it easier for you to secure a senior position in a global organisation.
We offer a comprehensive language education to mastery level, covering vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing and speaking in preparation for your year abroad. We develop you practical language skills and you are taught intensively by a native speaker.
Your business modules explore management from international, intercultural and ethical perspectives. Essex Business School has staff and students from all over the world, helping you to develop a global mind set for today’s interconnected world.
Study topics will include:
Your first year provides a fully-rounded business education by offering an overview of the main functional areas within organisations. We introduce you to subjects such as accounting and marketing so you have the flexibility to enter any area of business management after graduation. You can then choose from optional modules to tailor your course to your interests.
In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in depth, independent research project or dissertation. This gives you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.
During your study abroad year, you undertake additional business and management modules taught in the language of your host country. You practise your written and spoken language skills and study the national business environment and legal frameworks.
By living and studying overseas, you gain a better understanding of cultural sensitivities, as well as how business customs, norms and expectations vary internationally. Combined with your ability to speak another language, the experience can make you a compelling choice for multi-national employers and may even mean you can transfer to an overseas office later in your career.
If you spend a full year abroad you'll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won't pay any tuition fees to your host university
BA Business Management with a Modern Language is taught at Essex Business School.
Our international academics are world-renowned for research. They use the latest business thinking in seminars and lectures to ensure you experience an education at the cutting edge of issues affecting organisations across the world.
You are taught languages in the Department of Language and Linguistics, ranked in the top 10 departments in the UK for research (REF, 2014).
All of our modern languages staff are native or bilingual speakers from countries such as France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Spain and Cuba and the UK. As well as developing your language skills, they can share their expertise in professional translation, interpreting, subtitling, film, art, business and culture.
At Essex, you find the world in one place. We are ranked 15th in the world for the most international student community in the THE World University Rankings (2017).
We offer opportunities to immerse yourself in international culture on campus, as well as improve your language skills.
Our Students’ Union organises internationally themed events and our Colchester Campus is packed with global cuisine. We have more than 20 different cultural societies and our Languages For All programme enables you to learn an additional language for free.
Our landmark Essex Business School building is the first zero carbon business school in the UK. Set around a winter garden filled with living plants, the Eden-style dome helps to regulate the building’s temperature in order to reduce the amount of energy used.
You benefit from excellent facilities and services, such as:
Our Colchester building is located on the Knowledge Gateway area of Campus, giving you the chance to make connections with innovative technology businesses located on site.
You also benefit from the learning resources available within our Department of Language and Linguistics:
As a graduate of our BA Business Management with a Modern Language you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to begin a career in any area of business and management in the UK or overseas.
In an increasingly global job market, having studied a modern language places you in an advantageous position regardless of which career path you follow. Although English is still the international language of business, being bilingual makes it easier to communicate with international co-workers, contacts and suppliers. It will also help you to connect outside of work if you live overseas.
Your year abroad also develops your confidence, independence and maturity, evidencing important employability skills.
You develop knowledge of the graduate recruitment process and professional skills in specialist modules during your course. You can also take advantage of career support within the School and from the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to find out about work experience, internships and volunteering.
Our recent graduates have gone into graduate level roles in companies such as:
In 2016, 80% of Essex Business School undergraduates were in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016).
GCSE: Mathematics C/4
If Portuguese is taken as the major language, A Level pass (or equivalent) in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or first language level fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish is required.
IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths
To study Portuguese as your major language, you need a pass in Higher Level Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish.
Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory modules and options chosen from lists. Below is just one example of the combination of modules we offer for the current academic year and shows a student studying French. For a full list of optional modules you can look at the course’s Programme Specification.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change.
You can study up to one language with this course and the language modules you study depend upon your level when you arrive.
The structure shown below is an example of the progression for a student who has an A Level or equivalent in French. For some languages, it may be possible to start at an initial level with no prior knowledge of a language (unless you major in Portuguese, when an A-level pass (or equivalent) in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or first language level fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish is required). Please refer to the progression pathway table to find out which modules are suitable for your linguistic profile.
On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.
Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.
Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.
The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.
Resident in the UK? If your application is successful, we will invite you to attend one of our applicant days. These run from January to April and give you the chance to explore the campus, meet our students and really get a feel for life as an Essex student.
Some of our courses also hold interviews and if you’re invited to one, this will take place during your applicant day. Don’t panic, they’re nothing to worry about and it’s a great way for us to find out more about you and for you to find out more about the course. Some of our interviews are one-to-one with an academic, others are group activities, but we’ll send you all the information you need beforehand.
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We want you to throw yourself in at the deep end, soak up life and make the most of those special Essex moments.
Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tours allows you to explore our University from the comfort of your home. Check out our Colchester virtual tour and Southend virtual tour to see accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
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