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International Business BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 03/07/2020

BA International Business enables students to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to effectively and ethically navigate the complexities of a changing, culturally-diverse global business environment. The programme explores contemporary issues in International Business (IB) across a variety of organisational contexts, with strong emphasis on socially responsible on socially responsible business management, cross-cultural capabilities and international strategy.

We’re so confident that our International Business graduates will secure employment, that we created the Northampton Employment Promise. We’ll help you build on your strengths and secure practical experience so you stand out to future employers. If you are dedicated to your studies and complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold Certificate and haven’t found full-time employment a year after graduating with a 2:2 or higher, we will support you into a postgraduate course or find you a 3-6 month paid internship.

Course

Highlights

  • Funded international business visits to explore the different cultural approaches to business* subject to Government and local guides related to Covid-19.
  • Language learning component supported throughout the course.
  • Authentic and creative assessments and learning activities facilitated by staff members from diverse backgrounds.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

Additional

Information

Work Placement Year

You are encouraged to undertake a placement year in between Years Two and Three of study. If you choose to take up a placement year, you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

Course Details

Experiencing creative learning activities and authentic assessment tasks, students on this course will navigate the complex world of international business with strong emphasis on cross-cultural capabilities, ethically-responsible business management and international strategy. By the end of the course, a graduate will be able to:

  • Analyse and respond to the potential influence of ethical and social responsibility issues within international business
  • Evaluate strategic decisions in international business, considering success and risk factors and competing organisational priorities
  • Critique and apply principles of cross-cultural management appropriate to the organisational context and priorities
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the implications of cultural factors, both national and organisational, in effectively operating in diverse business contexts

Read more

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Student Story

Zhi Li

“My three-year degree study at the University of Northampton has given me an important foundation for the future development. I had lots of international trips included in the program study, it opened my eyes and helped me build cultural awareness.

In addition, we also had lots of group activities and reflection training. I have benefited greatly from these experiences. Three years training at the University of Northampton has given me the time to practise and make mistakes, those experiences have made me confident as I embark on my Master’s.”

Careers

Career Opportunities

Graduates, based on their interests and personal preferences, can find themselves employable as: Export/Import Manager, Import Agent, Sales Agent, Global Team-building Agent, Trade Commission Analyst, International Trade Negotiator, International Relocation Specialist, International Conference Organiser, Business Liaison Manager, International Financial Trader, Inernational Customs Agent, Airline Agent, International Business Analyst, Forex Trader, International Tour Guide, Oversees Start-Up Agent, Supply Chain Manager, Global Marketing Analyst, Global Insurance Representative.

Contacts

Course Enquiries

Application status enquiries
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Applying for 2020
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applications and applications from students with work experience in international business.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course.

Course Content

You will be introduced to various cross-cultural issues which arise in business and the foundations of cross-cultural communication and theory behind this. Analytical tools will be used to help you to understand differences in language but also undertake national cultural profiles to analyse the behaviour and thought processes of different cultures. There is considerable focus on European Business which is reinforced by trips to Europe.

  • Social Impact of International Organisations (20 Credits)
    Module code: BUS1021
    Core Module Y
  • International Business in Practice (20 Credits)
    Module code: BUS1022
    Core Module Y
  • International Trade and Commerce (20 Credits)
    Module code: BUS1023
    Core Module Y
  • Working Across Cultures (20 Credits)
    Module code: BUS1024
    Core Module Y
  • Intercultural Management (40 Credits)
    Module code: BUS1025
    Core Module Y

Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.



Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

This distinctive course has several unique features:

  • diverse student body
  • multi-national and multilingual teaching team
  • optimum cohort size with intensive staff/student allows for greater support
  • compulsory European and Asian trips totalling five weeks abroad
  • the opportunity for international placements and involvement in local business and charitable projects
  • various extra-curricular activities include theatre trips, guest lectures and visits to local and foreign businesses, as well as the potential to engage with major international networking opportunities
  • extensive use of the free FT.com as a tool for studying geo-politics and international business
  • an in depth look at business practices in key regions of the world – with a focus on Europe and Asia
  • an introduction to the case study methodology
  • opportunity to engage in year-long work placement abroad

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

International Business Management MSc

Master of Business Administration MBA

 

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Fees & Funding

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
Foundation Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

Additional costs

The two field trips are funded by the Faculty of Business and Law (flights and accommodation (bed and breakfast) approx. £2,000 pp (subject to terms and conditions)). You will need to allow an £20-25/day in Europe and £10-15 in Asia for your expenses (to cover lunch and evening meal, costs of local activities and ground transportation). You may need to purchase a visa for the study abroad trip.

The first five-day trip to Belgium and Germany is at your expense and will cost around £270 pp. You will need to allow an additional £20-25/day for your expenses.

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,900
International Foundation Study Framework: £12,900

Additional costs

The two field trips are funded by the Faculty of Business and Law (flights and accommodation (bed and breakfast) approx. £2,000 pp (subject to terms and conditions)). You will need to allow an £20-25/day in Europe and £10-15 in Asia for your expenses (to cover lunch and evening meal, costs of local activities and ground transportation). You may need to purchase a visa for the study abroad trip.

The first five-day trip to Belgium and Germany is at your expense and will cost around £270 pp. You will need to allow an additional £20-25/day for your expenses.

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500
International Foundation Study Framework: £9,800

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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for you?

Apply Now

Foundation Study Framework

Course information

The Foundation Study Framework offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for International Business we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year International Business programme which includes a Foundation Study Framework Year. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

Read more


*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our new £330 million campus.

  • Designed to adapt to 21st century teaching.
  • Full range of integrated learning environments.
  • 24/7 library and learning zone.
  • Low environmental impact.

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Updated 03/07/2020

  • BA International Business enables students to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to effectively and ethically navigate the complexities of a changing, culturally-diverse global business environment. The programme explores contemporary issues in International Business (IB) across a variety of organisational contexts, with strong emphasis on socially responsible on socially responsible business management, cross-cultural capabilities and international strategy.

    We’re so confident that our International Business graduates will secure employment, that we created the Northampton Employment Promise. We’ll help you build on your strengths and secure practical experience so you stand out to future employers. If you are dedicated to your studies and complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold Certificate and haven’t found full-time employment a year after graduating with a 2:2 or higher, we will support you into a postgraduate course or find you a 3-6 month paid internship.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Funded international business visits to explore the different cultural approaches to business* subject to Government and local guides related to Covid-19.
    • Language learning component supported throughout the course.
    • Authentic and creative assessments and learning activities facilitated by staff members from diverse backgrounds.
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

  • Experiencing creative learning activities and authentic assessment tasks, students on this course will navigate the complex world of international business with strong emphasis on cross-cultural capabilities, ethically-responsible business management and international strategy. By the end of the course, a graduate will be able to:

    • Analyse and respond to the potential influence of ethical and social responsibility issues within international business
    • Evaluate strategic decisions in international business, considering success and risk factors and competing organisational priorities
    • Critique and apply principles of cross-cultural management appropriate to the organisational context and priorities
    • Critically analyse and evaluate the implications of cultural factors, both national and organisational, in effectively operating in diverse business contexts

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Work Placement Year

    You are encouraged to undertake a placement year in between Years Two and Three of study. If you choose to take up a placement year, you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Zhi Li

      “My three-year degree study at the University of Northampton has given me an important foundation for the future development. I had lots of international trips included in the program study, it opened my eyes and helped me build cultural awareness.

      In addition, we also had lots of group activities and reflection training. I have benefited greatly from these experiences. Three years training at the University of Northampton has given me the time to practise and make mistakes, those experiences have made me confident as I embark on my Master’s.”

    • Career Opportunities

      Graduates, based on their interests and personal preferences, can find themselves employable as: Export/Import Manager, Import Agent, Sales Agent, Global Team-building Agent, Trade Commission Analyst, International Trade Negotiator, International Relocation Specialist, International Conference Organiser, Business Liaison Manager, International Financial Trader, Inernational Customs Agent, Airline Agent, International Business Analyst, Forex Trader, International Tour Guide, Oversees Start-Up Agent, Supply Chain Manager, Global Marketing Analyst, Global Insurance Representative.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applications and applications from students with work experience in international business.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Contacts

    Course Enquiries

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Applying for 2020
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • You will be introduced to various cross-cultural issues which arise in business and the foundations of cross-cultural communication and theory behind this. Analytical tools will be used to help you to understand differences in language but also undertake national cultural profiles to analyse the behaviour and thought processes of different cultures. There is considerable focus on European Business which is reinforced by trips to Europe.

    • Social Impact of International Organisations (20 Credits)
      Module code: BUS1021
      Core Module Y
    • International Business in Practice (20 Credits)
      Module code: BUS1022
      Core Module Y
    • International Trade and Commerce (20 Credits)
      Module code: BUS1023
      Core Module Y
    • Working Across Cultures (20 Credits)
      Module code: BUS1024
      Core Module Y
    • Intercultural Management (40 Credits)
      Module code: BUS1025
      Core Module Y

    Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    This distinctive course has several unique features:

    • diverse student body
    • multi-national and multilingual teaching team
    • optimum cohort size with intensive staff/student allows for greater support
    • compulsory European and Asian trips totalling five weeks abroad
    • the opportunity for international placements and involvement in local business and charitable projects
    • various extra-curricular activities include theatre trips, guest lectures and visits to local and foreign businesses, as well as the potential to engage with major international networking opportunities
    • extensive use of the free FT.com as a tool for studying geo-politics and international business
    • an in depth look at business practices in key regions of the world – with a focus on Europe and Asia
    • an introduction to the case study methodology
    • opportunity to engage in year-long work placement abroad
    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      International Business Management MSc

      Master of Business Administration MBA

       

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

  • 2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

    Additional costs

    The two field trips are funded by the Faculty of Business and Law (flights and accommodation (bed and breakfast) approx. £2,000 pp (subject to terms and conditions)). You will need to allow an £20-25/day in Europe and £10-15 in Asia for your expenses (to cover lunch and evening meal, costs of local activities and ground transportation). You may need to purchase a visa for the study abroad trip.

    The first five-day trip to Belgium and Germany is at your expense and will cost around £270 pp. You will need to allow an additional £20-25/day for your expenses.

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    International Foundation Study Framework: £12,900

    Additional costs

    The two field trips are funded by the Faculty of Business and Law (flights and accommodation (bed and breakfast) approx. £2,000 pp (subject to terms and conditions)). You will need to allow an £20-25/day in Europe and £10-15 in Asia for your expenses (to cover lunch and evening meal, costs of local activities and ground transportation). You may need to purchase a visa for the study abroad trip.

    The first five-day trip to Belgium and Germany is at your expense and will cost around £270 pp. You will need to allow an additional £20-25/day for your expenses.

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    International Foundation Study Framework: £9,800

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Course information

    The Foundation Study Framework offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for International Business we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year International Business programme which includes a Foundation Study Framework Year. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Read more

*Course data provided by Unistats

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Our new £330 million campus.

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