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Overview

Today, businesses operate in an inherently global marketplace and are increasingly looking to expand beyond national boundaries for continued growth and success. This type of expansion requires a detailed understanding of business theory and practice, knowledge of how and when to adapt market offerings to the diverse needs, wants and demands of international business customers, and an awareness and ability to be sensitive to differences in culture and language.

International Business with French Degree highlights

Stage 3 is spent abroad on a compulsory international work placement in a region of the globe where the language being studied is the dominant tongue.

Global Opportunities

  • There is the opportunity to study or work abroad, supported by schemes such as Erasmus and Study USA.

Industry Links

  • Students have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals who regularly deliver guest lectures. The opportunity to network afterwards can give students valuable connections with senior professionals working in management.

Career Development

  • Year 3 is spent abroad on a compulsory international work placement in a region of the globe where the language being studied is the dominant tongue. This is an integral part of the degree, providing students with the fluency and confidence to communicate and work effectively in an international business environment.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • Queen’s is one of the 24 world-class universities that make up the Russell Group in the United Kingdom, and is the only Russell Group University in Northern Ireland.
  • Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research.
  • Students will experience a variety of teaching methods including brain-storming, individual and paired reflection, discussion exercises, presentation, case studies, group work and practical workshops. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree programme through the use of, for example, interactive support materials, podcasts and web-based learning activities.
"It includes a broad range of business modules ranging from accounting to marketing, with the added modules of the chosen language. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety that this course offers and feel it will be very beneficial as I apply for graduate jobs. Also, the placement year provides a great opportunity to work and live abroad. I really advise making the most of your time at Queens, especially the placement year as it all passes by so quickly!"
Nicole Johnston, BSc International Business with French, Erasmus work placement with Citibank, Paris

Course content

Course Structure

Course Content
This four-year BSc Honours degree in International Business with a Language is delivered by Queen’s University Management School (Major) and the School of Arts, English and Languages (Minor).
• French (Intermediate and Advanced)

In each of years one, two and four, students complete a range of management related modules and a year-long language module. In year three, students undertake a minimum of nine months work placement in France.
Stage 1
Students take a range of compulsory Management focused modules and a year-long language module. These
modules set the context and foundation for the remainder of the degree. The focus will be on organisations, their structures, behaviours and the changing external environment within which they operate. Modules will cover accounting, economics, marketing principles and organisational behaviour.
Stage 2
Students again take a year-long language module alongside their management modules which in this year cover issues such as international business, decision making through effective data analysis and interpretation and managing resources (eg operations and human).
Stage 3
Placement Year
Stage 4
The final year of the programme will again see students take two language modules. Additionally, students will take modules that cover issues such as business ethics and strategic management and will also be afforded the opportunity to conduct a consultancy or business start-up project.

Courses are listed below:
International Business Strategy
Applied International Business
French 3
Stage 4 Optional Courses
Entrepreneurship
Supply Chain Management
Managing Innovation
Business Ethics
Changing Organisations

People teaching you

Dr Stephanie Graham
Programme Director for BSc International Business with a Language
Queen’s Management School
Stephanie’s research interests are focused on Supply Chain Management, Operations Management and Research Methods.

Contact Teaching Times

Large Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
hours of lectures
Medium Group Teaching
4 (hours maximum)
hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Personal Study
24 (hours maximum)
22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
2 (hours maximum)
hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Learning and Teaching

On the BSc International Business with French programme we achieve these goals by providing a range of learning environments which enable our students to engage with subject experts both academic staff and industry guest speakers, develop skills and attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this degree programme are:

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Adviser of Studies

Assigning each student an Adviser of Studies to be a key point of contact throughout each year. Students meet their adviser of studies at induction and will be given contact information and guidance on how to arrange a meeting if needed.

Computer-Based Practicals

These provide students with the opportunity to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts.

E-Learning technologies

Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree programme through the use of, for example, interactive support materials, podcasts and web-based learning activities.

Induction

A formalised induction for all undergraduate students. For Level 1 students, this includes several half-day sessions the week before the programme begins to allow students to familiarise themselves with the campus and the degree programme. During Level 1 there are a number of follow-up sessions throughout the year. Topics such as academic writing, referencing, plagiarism, communication skills, examination preparation and managing time effectively are all covered in these practical sessions.

Lectures

These introduce foundation information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. As the module progresses this information becomes more complex. Lectures, which are normally delivered in large groups to all year-group peers, also provide opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification on key issues as well as gain feedback and advice on assessments. Additional lectures are also delivered by employer representatives and staff from a number of organisations are involved in the delivery of International Business with French workshops and problem solving sessions. In addition to the academic content of the lectures and workshops, this enables employers to impart their valuable experience to QMS International Business with French students, introduces important local employers to our students and allows our Business students to meet and engage with potential future employers.

Peer Mentoring Scheme

A Peer Mentoring Scheme whereby students in second and third year of their degree programme volunteer to mentor Level 1 students. Developing the programme themselves, with support from academic staff in QMS, the mentors organise informal meetings, regular contact and a series of events ranging from ice-breaker type events to employer-led sessions with the Level 1 students.

Personal Development Planning

To encourage students to engage in independent learning.

Self-directed study

This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.

Seminars/tutorials

A significant amount of teaching is carried out in small groups (typically 15-20 students). These sessions are designed to explore, in more depth, the information that has been presented in the lectures. This provides students with the opportunity to engage closely with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of their peers. During these classes, students will be expected to present their work to academic staff and their peers.

Student Support Systems

QMS has an active and co-ordinated student support system to assist students in making the transition from school to university.

Work placements

The BSc International Business with French programme has a compulsory placement year with a business organisation in the host country. This begins after all Level 2 modules have been successfully completed. The dedicated Placement Office within the School facilitates students in sourcing and securing appropriate placements and provides appropriate support whilst the student is with the host organisation. The purpose of this compulsory placement year is to allow the students to practice and finely hone their language skills while gaining experience of working in a business role.

Assessment

Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

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The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. International Business with French modules are typically assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and examinations. Continuous assessment consists of: class tests, computer generated practical experiments where students have to manipulate and interpret management-related data, case study research and analysis of a particular organisation and its international business issues, academic essays exploring a specific current issues such as international marketing, business ethics etc., small group project and presentations whereby groups of three/four students work on a particular business-related task and Language refinement exercises including report and essay writing and individual and group presentations in the target language

Feedback

As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

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Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.

Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.

Placement employer comments or references.

Online or emailed comment.

General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.

Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.

Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.

Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
ABB including A-level French grade B or AS-level French grade B or GCSE French grade B or evidence of linguistic ability in another language + GCSE Mathematics grade B

Note: if the language is studied at a higher level then the grade required at that level must be achieved.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in French or evidence of linguistic ability in another language + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics

Access/Foundation Course
Not normally considered as Access Courses would not satisfy language requirements.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application. The information relates to 2017 entry and will be updated for 2018 entry as soon as possible.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by Queen's University Management School. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

Applicants for the BSc Honours in International Business with French must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement. In addition all applicants must have GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above. Normally A-level French is required for the French option. However, Intermediate French is offered for those applicants who have AS-level grade B in French and who are not studying the language to A-level. A beginners French option is also available to applicants who have not studied the subject to any level but who show evidence of linguistic ability, normally GCSE grade B or higher in another language. Offers are normally made in terms of grades rather than UCAS Tariff points.

Demand for places differs from course to course and for International Business with a Modern Language, past performance at GCSE or AS level is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. For last year’s entry, the threshold was a minimum of 4A and 2B grades at GCSE or average to ABB at AS-level. Please note that this changes from year to year depending on the demand for places. The final threshold is not usually determined until late in the admissions cycle, so there may be a delay in processing applicants who do not meet the initial requirements. Where applicants do not cash-in AS-level examinations results at the end of year 13 (Year 12 England and Wales), it is helpful if the equivalent grades are given in the personal statement or academic reference, since this will speed up the decision-making process.

Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat applicants is set in terms of 3 A-levels only and is one grade higher than that asked from first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Edexcel Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those applicants taking a BTEC Extended Diploma qualification or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits.
For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, at least half of the units completed in the first year of the HND must be at Merit level and remainder Passes. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for stage 1 entry only.

Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for last year the standard was an overall average of 70% in Level 3 modules including 70% in all Mathematics modules (which must be equivalent to GCSE standard).

For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, at least half of the units completed in the first year of the HND must be at Merit level and remainder Passes. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for stage 1 entry only.

Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for last year the standard was an overall average of 70% in Level 3 modules including 70% in all Mathematics modules (which must be equivalent to GCSE standard).

In addition to the academic requirements above, the information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted, but these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking will not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day organised by Queen's University Management School, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University, to find out more about the degree programme of your choice, the facilities on offer together with a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
A degree in International Business with a
Language from Queen’s offers a firm base
securing an excellent graduate position
or further academic study. Career options
are extremely varied and the employment
opportunities for our International Business
with a Language graduates remain strong.
The first cohort of graduates from this
programme completed their studies in
July 2012 and have secured a range of
positions in local, national and multinational
organisations. Recent placement providers
include Citi, Paris; Millward Brown in Paris;
KPMG, Luxemburg; Alcatel-Lucent, Paris.
http://www.prospects.ac.uk

Employment after the Course
Typical career destinations of graduates include:

International Account Manager
International Marketing
Regional Government
Corporate Strategy
Global Supply Chain Management

Employment Links
Graduate employers include: M&S, Local Government including Councils, Health Trusts, College and Universities, Invest Northern Ireland, Bank of Ireland, PwC, Randox, Deloitte, BDO, Bombardier, Google, Microsoft, Unilever, Mercer, OCO Global.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards

This programme attracts prizes and awards from Randox Laboratories and the Foundation Scholarship.

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,030
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
Other (non-UK) EU £4,030
International £15,100

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

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Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

International Business with French costs

Students undertake a placement in year 3 and are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students should be aware that placement and internship modules do not normally involve payment or financial support from either Queen’s or the placement/internship provider. Students who undertake optional study tours are expected to make a contribution, of approximately £150.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

How and When to Apply

How to Apply

Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2018 from 1 September 2017.

Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).

Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

  1. Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2018.
  2. Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
  3. Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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Keywords

BUSINESS DEGREE

GLOBAL BUSINESS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

MANAGEMENT DEGREE

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