BA (Hons) International Business - Course overview
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Passport to understanding the world of business

The business world is global, vibrant, fascinating and fast-paced. This degree is your passport to understanding what makes it tick. With a language or two, overseas work experience and the chance to get a double degree, all of which we offer, you’ll have the presence, poise and knowledge to make the very best of careers in it.

BA (Hons) International Business

The International Business course aims to develop your understanding of the major economic, political, legal and cultural factors which contribute to the formation of the international business environment along with your ability to communicate on an international level. Students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement year either in the UK or abroad. Students also have the opportunity to take part in exchange programmes with universities in France, Germany, Spain or The Netherlands, and learn up to two languages during their degree.
Gordon Smith

​Meet the tutor Gordon Smith

What sets this degree, and Gordon Smith, apart is the cohort identity and respect and enthusiasm the students have for both him and their course. International Business students are passionate about their programme and every open day many of them will volunteer to work in promoting their course to others, through their own enthusiasm for the course and respect for the course leader
Gordon is a great ambassador for Plymouth Business School and the wider University through his complete commitment to the pastoral care of his students and alumni and through his work with international partner institutions.

Placement year

Students on the BA (Hons) International Business programme set themselves apart by undertaking their placement abroad. This has a real impact when it comes to job seeking. The year abroad can be spent working or studying at one of our university partners in our extensive worldwide network. Previous work placements have included:
  • Alcatel, France
  • NOV, Houston, Texas
  • Bonitta Springs Country Club, Florida
  • BP, Greenford, London
  • Texas Instruments, Dusseldorf

Study placements

Study placements have included:
  • ESC, La Rochelle
  • ESIC, Madrid
  • Nicholls State University, Louisiana
  • Asper School of Management, Manitoba
  • HES, Amsterdam
to name but a few.
Please visit the placements and work based learning web pages here.


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​Entry requirements

GCSE Maths and English Language grade C. A level/AS level: 240 pts (including a minimum of 160 pts from two A levels or a double award).
Other combinations and non-A level qualifications considered.
If you do not have English as a first language you will be required to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing). 
For further information visit the course entry requirements page.

What our students say

"International business is a great course. The year abroad is incomparable with anything else I’ve ever done. Everyone has come back with exciting and bizarre stories about their travels and experiences. It has given me confidence to know that wherever I go, I will be able to survive and make a life for myself. It has opened up doors to the future that I didn’t know existed and I have become friends with people from all over the world."
Charlie Ives, International Business with French student

​Career opportunities

The job prospects are excellent for international business graduates, particularly those with linguistic skills.
Recent graduates have found employment in a range of roles in industries such as: advertising, telecommunications, export management and marketing. Employers have included Unilever, Siemens, Standard Chartered, Kianbaum and Deutsche Post.
Charlie Ives