International Management Studies with European Languages and Society

BA (Hons)

Our degree in International Management with European Languages and Society offers an opportunity for students to develop high-level language and communication skills, while increasing their awareness of the European and global business environments. As well as advanced study of three subject areas throughout the degree in Stirling, all students on the programme will benefit from at least one semester on Study Abroad at one of our partner institutions.


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.

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree.

  • UCAS: N2R9
  • Qualification: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Dr Cristina Johnston
  • Faculty: Stirling Management School
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Dr Cristina Johnston

University of Stirling
Scotland UK

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points

BTEC (Level 3):

Other qualifications


Minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not available.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Foundation Apprenticeships:

Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Additional information

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Fees and costs

Fees 2018/19

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 12,140.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.

If you plan to commence your studies at the University of Stirling in January 2018, please note you will be subject to our 2017/18 fees. Please contact us for more information.

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

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Payment options

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

All students study three subjects throughout 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.

Delivery 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.

Related degrees

Business Studies; Economics; French; Marketing; Politics; Spanish; International Management and Intercultural Studies

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
Available in the day.

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Why Stirling?


International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

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.

Students who are on joint programmes involving both French and Spanish need to ensure that they fulfil the minimum residence requirements for both languages before completing their degrees. For many students, this can be done by undertaking an English Language assistantship in one language area (via the British Council-run scheme) and then spending Semester 6 in the other language area. Where this is not possible, students have to complete Semester 6 in one language area and a minimum of 4 weeks in the other. This 4-week period is usually completed by studying at a language during vacation periods and is done at the student’s own expense. However, we are always happy to explore other possibilities (eg nannying, au pair posts, internships, etc) with students.

Our students

"I am happy to say that studying this course was the best decision I have ever made. During my four years at Stirling I was not only able to broaden and increase my knowledge in business studies and get to know the culture and the structure of two new languages, I was also able to put my acquired knowledge into action by studying abroad indifferent countries, travelling and getting to know different education systems. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to study business studies in a global and cultural diverse context."

Katja Spanz, BA (Hons) International Management with European Languages and Society, Graduated 2016

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Studying European languages and society along with International Management develops high level language and communication skills along with an understanding of European and global business environments. In an employment market that is becoming increasingly global these skills are in demand in most career sectors. The Semester abroad enables the development of cultural awareness giving students the opportunity to learn to adapt to new and changing surroundings and to work in both a team and independently building confidence and developing communication skills across different languages.

This degree also develops many useful transferable skills including:



Expand your horizons

As part of this degree you will:

  • be able to study across three subject areas to the highest level, benefitting from activities and skills offered across diverse but interlinked topics to help you get the most out of your degree and future chosen career. These include:
  • Receive talks from visiting speakers from industry and alumni
  • Undertake a module on career management focused on developing awareness of specific skills language graduates develop
  • Spend time abroad at one of our prestigious partner institutions, including business schools and universities across the French and Spanish speaking world.
  • You will also be encouraged to take part in clubs and societies

We’re here to help

We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service working in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

Career options

Graduates from this degree course are ideally equipped for a career in international business or marketing with a particular focus on the EU. Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict research or ambition to the career areas listed here.

Typical employers

International Management with Language graduates work for a huge variety of employers and sectors, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Retailing
  • Business Services
  • Charity Work
  • Media
  • Public Administration
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Transport and Logistics

Work experience

The Semester of study abroad provides the ideal opportunity to develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills.

Some graduates wanting a long-term career using a language choose to take on a short-term role, such as teaching English, while living abroad and perfecting their language skills. If students undertake a placement with the British Council scheme this would be a year- long commitment. Other temporary jobs that take you abroad may be helpful, such as those in tourism.

Experience in areas such as administration and IT will be useful for many jobs that use language skills.

Students on this programme will regularly receive information about internships and job opportunities involving languages via staff in the French Department.

Further Study

Graduates for this degree programme are well suited to a range of postgraduate options to include finance and marketing.

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