BA (Hons) International Business with Spanish - Course overview
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These flexible courses are designed to develop your awareness and understanding of the specific nature of international business. Plymouth has extensive links with overseas Business Schools. Each course provides the opportunity to work and/or study abroad, allowing you to relate your experience to your final year of study.

​International Business with Plymouth University 

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.

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 with Gordon in promoting their course to others, passionately selling the course through their own enthusiasm for the course and respect for the course leader. Every graduation the love for Gordon can be seen with graduates all queuing up for photographs with their 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.

​Double degree awards

Students will be offered the opportunity to study for a double degree award, so you will have both the BA (Hons)International Business and a foreign degree. For the BA (Hons) International Business with Spanish you can may study with Diplomado en Gestión de Empresas - especialidad Comercio Internacional with Escuela Universitaria de Estudios Empresariales (Cámara de Comercio, Industria y Navegación de Bilbao) which is affiliated to the Universidad del País Vasco.

​Spanish minor 

Spanish is one of two modern languages which are taught to honours degree level. You are taught by an experienced team of specialists with research interests in contemporary cultural studies, modern history, translation studies and information technology for language learning. 


The third year is normally spent in paid employment with a private or public sector organisation. Students follow a training programme agreed with the employer and are supervised by a member of the academic staff throughout the year. 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). To include at least grade D in Spanish, or evidence of the ability to learn a foreign language to study Spanish fast-track (ab initio). 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 the 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