International Business and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: 1B49
Start date: September 2017, September 2018
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
This wide-ranging degree will give you an insight into how companies successfully run global operations, while allowing you to become fluent in a major world language.
If you have an A-level in Spanish, you’ll be able to develop and refine your language skills while gaining a real understanding of the strategic and operational issues involved in keeping foreign operations both profitable and sustainable. You’ll also have the chance to explore Spanish and Latin-American culture, history and politics.
Core modules will build your language skills and introduce you to key concept and theories in international business. But our degrees are so flexible that you can tailor your programme to suit you, choosing from a diverse range of optional modules.
You could study anything from strategic management and the global economy to regional identities in Spain or Latin-American cinema. It’s a great way to build a broad base of skills that will really stand out to employers.
Leeds offers great facilities for SPLAS students. The most exciting resources we have are the cultural branches of the governments of Spain and Portugal – the Cervantes and Camões Institutes have branches on campus, as does the cultural arm of the Catalan autonomous government, the Ramon Llull Institute.
The institutes seek to promote language teaching and greater understanding of Spanish-speaking, Lusophone and Catalan cultures around the world. Working with our degree programmes, they host many cultural events and academic activities for our students.
In addition our fully-equipped Language Centre hosts digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.
Our International Business degrees are accredited by the Institute of Export which allows you to acquire an exporting qualification after your studies and strengthens your job prospects in international trade.Back to top
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
In your first year, you’ll improve your Spanish language skills and explore the culture and history of Spain and Hispanic America. You’ll also be introduced to the key issues and theories in international business, and take one of our Cornerstone modules to help you bring your two subjects together.
From that foundation, you’ll progress to topics like the global economy and management while choosing from a range of optional modules on aspects of Spanish and Latin American history, literature, cinema and politics. You’ll also work on your language skills to prepare for the following year, when you’ll work or study in a Spanish-speaking country.
When you return to Leeds, you’ll refine your spoken and written Spanish in advanced language classes. You’ll also study strategic management, but an even broader selection of optional modules will allow you to discover transnational corporations, Spanish-English translation, Chicano literature and the African diaspora. You’ll apply the critical and research skills you’ve developed to a dissertation on an international business topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.
|Principles of International Business||20 credits|
|Global Entrepreneurship||10 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application||20 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1||20 credits|
|Academic and Professional Development for Studies in International Business||10 credits|
A sample of the optional modules are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|The Historical Development of Spain and Hispanic America||20 credits|
|Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A||20 credits|
|Catalan Language and Culture I||20 credits|
|Introduction to the Cultural Production of Spain and Spanish-America||20 credits|
|Research Methods in International Business||20 credits|
|Managing International Business||20 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2||20 credits|
Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Global Business History||20 credits|
|The International Economic Environment||10 credits|
|Small Business Internationalisation and Growth||10 credits|
|Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930)||20 credits|
|The Spanish regional Melting Pot: the old same History?||20 credits|
|Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema||20 credits|
|Year Abroad||120 credits|
|International Business Dissertation||40 credits|
|International Strategic Management||20 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3||20 credits|
Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Transnational Corporations in the World Economy||10 credits|
|Contemporary Research Topics in International Business||10 credits|
|Spanish in an Economic and Business Context||20 credits|
|Contemporary Spain: Politics, Culture and Society After Franco||20 credits|
|From Toussaint to Obama: Resistance in the African Diaspora||20 credits|
|Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Latin American Culture||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Leeds University Business School are both home to tutors who are experts and leading researchers in their fields.
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from their expertise. They include lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as workshops in some cases. However, we also emphasise independent learning, since it helps you to develop your critical and research skills.
Different forms of assessment are also used, including exams and essays. Some modules may also include group work, oral presentations and other forms of coursework. Throughout your time at Leeds, you’ll be able to access support such as extra classes on topics like public speaking and exam technique.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in Spanish excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
GCSE: 6/B in Mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. GCSE Mathematics at grade 6/B is required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers including A in Spanish and AABBB in Highers, or A in Spanish in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers.
The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.
European Baccalaureate: European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in Spanish.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in Spanish (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.
We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including Spanish (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.Back to top
A Joint Honours degree in International Business and Spanish equips you with a wide range of skills. Not only will you have a broad understanding of how businesses operate worldwide, but you’ll be able to communicate in a major world language. All of this will open doors to a wide range of careers, both in the UK and overseas.
However, you will also have valuable skills that are attractive to all kinds of employers. You’ll have a high level of commercial awareness and excellent communication and presentation skills. You’ll also be confident working in a team and have strong research skills, as well as being able to analyse complex information. Spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you’re independent and adaptable, and you’ll have organisational skills from managing two different subjects.
Graduates have pursued a wide range of careers in different fields. They include management, business and finance, marketing, education, journalism and the civil service. Others go into language-specific roles such as translating and interpreting, or pursue further training in these areas.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.Back to top
You’ll spend your third year in Spain or another Spanish-speaking country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.
We have partnerships with a number of universities in Spain and Latin America where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.
Whatever you choose to do, you’ll gain a new insight into a Spanish-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you’ll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their course.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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