International Business Studies (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

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Course overview

This course has been specifically created for international students and includes modules to broaden your knowledge and fluency in business English.

Studying alongside UK students you’ll learn the principles of business from a global perspective. This includes the management of projects, resources, finance, human resources and marketing and understanding how they function across different cultures and international environments. You’ll explore contemporary issues such as globalisation and its effect on individuals, companies and countries.

As you progress your interpersonal skills will improve through public speaking and presentation exercises. Your capacity for intellectual thinking will expand as you learn how to analyse and synthesise information from different sources. You’ll become more fluent in application techniques by working on live business challenges with international brands, and by pitching your ideas to business leaders and taking part in simulations.

There will also be opportunities for you to enter the Universities Business Challenge Worldwide which recognises business-savvy undergraduates around the world.

The course contains five English language modules to help you develop fluency in business English, and with it the confidence to communicate clearly in any international In situation.

You’ll become digitally literate, globally literate and business ready, gaining all the language and cultural skills needed to succeed as a manager in today’s global economy.

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire School of Business and Technology will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £18 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new School of Business and Technology and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking the first steps towards your career in business.

Why study International Business with us?

Award-winning teaching

Our teaching is outstanding. We are one of the fastest growing, most exciting places to study international business.

The majority of our teaching staff come from national and international business backgrounds and many teach overseas several times each year. Their experience anchors your theory studies in real world application giving you constant insights into actual business scenarios.

Your lecture and seminar groups will be purposely small. This allows for more interactive teaching and for you to ask questions, challenge assumptions and develop a deep understanding of each new subject as you go.

Our open door policy means you can talk to your tutors outside of formal teaching time, including the School’s Dean who spends time with students each week sharing your progress and feedback. You’ll never be a face in the crowd.

Real-world experience

Many employers prefer business graduates to have a balance of academic knowledge and a practical perspective. It’s why we place so much importance on our career-ready philosophy. And why you’ll have professional insights and involvement throughout your studies. Examples include:

  • Spending time with an entrepreneur.
  • Working with a corporate firm.
  • Working with the Growth Hub as a shadow consultant. (Some of our first year students have achieved membership of the Institute of Directors through the Growth Hub.)
  • Lectures from leading international brands and business figures including Dan Germaine, Head of Creative at Innocent Drinks, Luke Johnson, famous for his rapid expansion of Pizza Express.
  • Seminars and collaborations with industry figures including Rebecca Lamb, Senior Economist at Wessex Water, David Yeo, owner of Hutong at The Shard, Dave Maneer, former CEO of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen and Marketing Director of Eden Project, and others.

Our School of Business and Technology is also home to a large number of international research students employed by companies such as BMW, Audi, Siemens and Porsche. They are a dynamic presence on campus and their insights will bring an added dimension to your learning.

Extra-curricular skills

In addition to your professional experience you’ll have a personal tutor to help you identify extra curricular opportunities to gain wider life skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with an international business studies degree, you’ll have practical national and international experience, plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Your Future Plan. It’s why our graduates are in demand. It’s what makes studying at University of Gloucestershire special. Click here for more information.

Student success

Our graduates have gone on to work across the business spectrum; from starting their own businesses to working internationally for companies such as IBM. Their time with us has given them the vision to know what they want and the confidence to go out and achieve it.

Study style

The degree is coursework-focused with emphasis on interpersonal skills and professional practice. Working on real-world business and marketing challenges, you'll pitch your ideas to expert business leaders in lectures from UK and international brands. You'll learn through lectures, workshops, reflective practice and business simulations. Learn with industry experts and explore global business in emerging markets, benefiting from business links with the university’s Growth Hub.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

We will consider qualifications from any country and measure them against the British equivalents

International students must have international equivalent qualifications. For level 4 and 5 entry you will need IELTS 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

For level 6 entry you will need IELTS 6.0 overall with no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band.

If your English language proficiency is the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in writing) you should consider the BA International Business Management programme

Please see the international entry requirements in your country for full details.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeN120


  • International sales and marketing
  • International organisations including non-governmental organisations
  • International recruitment
  • International purchasing

Develop key language skills

You'll gain a solid grounding in all aspects of business management on an international scale and develop key language skills such as English for Business as part of the degree.

Our community

Our School of Business and Technology is a thriving and dynamic place to study. Providing undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees from our beautiful Park Campus in Cheltenham our goal is to produce graduates who are ready and prepared for their careers. It’s a philosophy that sets us apart and drives excellence in everything we do. Thanks to this, the professional credentials of our academic staff and the impactive work of our researchers, our reputation is growing quickly and we are emerging as a leading School of Business and Technology for students looking for a more well-rounded education rooted in vocational insight and experience.