This degree is designed to prepare you for a multilingual, international working environment, and enable you to use a range of languages effectively and with a strong awareness and sensitivity to differing business cultures, thought and practices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
We aim to develop high levels of proficiency in French or Spanish, studying either or both as your main language, with the option to choose a third language as well, such as Italian, German or Japanese. We’ll also introduce you to a selection of other languages, including Mandarin and Arabic.
Language study will have as its focus the language of business, while your study of business, management and marketing will provide you the opportunity to learn the core specialist knowledge, skills and competences needed within business organisations and an awareness of specific business cultures and contexts. For example, we’ll provide you with opportunities to learn more regarding the key drivers that motivate Middle Eastern businesses, a greater awareness of Asian business etiquette and culture and practical strategies for doing business more effectively with foreign countries.
Being multilingual can not only help you to better understand and appreciate cultural references and nuances, enabling you to build more meaningful relationships, but because languages share similar words and patterns, it may also be easier to apply your knowledge of one language to another so you can travel the world far more easily – for business or pleasure. Learning an additional language could potentially also add between 10-15% to your wage.
Enhancing your global awareness further, you can spend a year studying or working abroad.