Europe’s growing integration has created a greater need than ever for graduates with business and marketing skills with knowledge of European languages and society. Similarly, increased mobility across the EU has opened up more opportunities for graduates too. Our course in International Studies with European Languages and Society enables you to take advantage of both these developments.
You’ll combine aspects of international business and marketing with studying a language (French or Spanish), plus the economic, political, social and cultural environment in which international business is conducted. You will also have the option to study a second language, or may choose to take modules in Politics, Economics, Finance or Law.
BBBB - one sitting.
ABBB - two sittings.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
Modes of study
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
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All students study three subjects during their degree. There are two compulsory pathways, namely a language (either French or Spanish) and a Business/Marketing pathway. In addition, a third pathway is chosen from a second language, Politics, Finance, Business Law or Economics. Each pathway contains modules with an international or European content.
Semesters 1 - 4
You will take the following subjects:
- French or Spanish
- Business or Marketing
- One of: a second language, Politics, Finance, Business Law, Economics
Semesters 5 - 8
In Semesters 5, 7 and 8 you will follow the same pathways but have an increasing choice of options within those pathways. Semester 6 is a compulsory Study Abroad semester which, for students with French as their main language, is usually spent as an Erasmus student at either the Ecole de Management de Strasbourg or ESSEC in Cergy-Pontoise, France. Students also have the option to spend the whole of Year 3 (Semesters 5 and 6) at the Ecole de Management de Strasbourg, subject to the agreement of the Course Director. Students with Spanish as their main language would spend Semester 6 at a University in Spain.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching combines a mixture of lectures, tutorials and small group language classes. In addition, the use of information technology and native language assistants in French and/or Spanish classes encourages rapid progress. Assessment focuses on a variety of skills gained across the modules studied and ranges from translations to essays, from grammar tests to oral exams and presentations (in both English and the appropriate target language). We use both continuous assessment and final examinations throughout the degree course.
Semester 6 is spent studying at a university in Spain or a business school in France. Alternatively, students of French may spend the whole of Year 3 studying at the Ecole de Management, Strasbourg.
Students taking two languages may take a year out at the end of Year 2 during which they would work as a Language Assistant in France or another Francophone location, or Spain or Latin America. They will then spend Semester 6 in the country of the second language. In this way the degree offers two lengthy periods abroad in the country of each language studied.
94% of University of Stirling 2012 graduates have found work, or are in a
further programme of study within 6 months of graduation. The Telegraph
ranks Stirling in the top 12 UK universities for getting a job.
Graduates from this degree course will be ideally equipped for a career in international business or marketing. Not only will they have command of a language/languages, but their study of the management subjects will have been deliberately orientated towards the international context, with a particular focus on the EU.
Recent Stirling management graduates have gone on to a wide variety of jobs. These include advertising, marketing, banking and management. Graduates have secured positions with leading manufacturers and retailers, communications companies, and financial institutions, as well as with a variety of small- and medium-sized businesses. Graduates from this course would also be suited to further postgraduate study across a range of subject areas from finance to marketing.