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International Business and Italian B BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    Italy has been an important player in Europe for centuries and has a huge, rich cultural heritage. If you’ve never studied it before, this degree will allow you to learn Italian from scratch while gaining an understanding of the strategic and operational issues involved in running successful foreign operations.

    Core modules will introduce key issues in international business, as well as developing language skills. But we also offer a wide range of optional modules so you can study the topics that interest you, from Dante and Petrarch to minority languages and using Italian in business. You’ll even spend a year in Italy to gain first-hand experience.

    From transnational corporations to Primo Levi via Renaissance humanism and today’s global economy, this broad-based degree will equip you with a wide range of skills. You’ll gain awareness of another culture alongside valuable business knowledge, supported by the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL).

    Specialist facilities

    Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all housed in our fully-equipped Language Centre. It also stocks an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers among other on-demand resources.

    If you’re interested in translation studies, we also offer specialised computing facilities in our Electronic Resource Information Centre. Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.


    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.

  • Course content

    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.

    You’ll spend your first year taking core modules on the principles of international business, as well as developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Italian and discovering Italian history and culture. You’ll even take one of our Cornerstone modules to help you make connections between your subjects.

    This will give you a firm foundation to build on in the following year, when you’ll continue with core modules on topics like management and research, but also choose from optional modules in topics such as Dante and linguistic variation in modern Italy. However, this year will also focus on building your language skills ahead of year three, which you’ll spend in Italy to gain first-hand experience of the local culture.

    When you return to Leeds, you’ll have a new perspective and much sharper language skills that will allow you to take part in advanced Italian classes, as well as an even broader range of optional modules. You’ll also study issues such as strategic management to develop your knowledge of international business, and you’ll have the chance to specialise on a topic of your choice when you complete a dissertation.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Beginners Italian 1 20 credits
    • Beginners Italian 2 20 credits
    • Personal Tutorials for International Business 10 credits
    • Principles of International Business 20 credits
    • Global Entrepreneurship 10 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Art and Literature in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: An Introduction 10 credits
    • Italy from Fascism to the Present 10 credits
    • Fictions of Fascism (B): Watching the Detectives 10 credits
    • Italian Cinema: An Introduction 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Italian Language 20 credits
    • Research Methods in International Business 20 credits
    • Managing International Business 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy 20 credits
    • Power, Pain and Beauty: Introduction to the Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance 20 credits
    • Italy: Regions, Identities and Nation 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad in Italy 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Italian Language 3 20 credits
    • International Business Dissertation 40 credits
    • International Strategic Management 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories 20 credits
    • 'Giocare al Romanzo': Italo Calvino and the Novel, from Neorealism to Postmodern 20 credits
    • Dark Italy: Italian Crime Fiction 20 credits
    • A Year With 366 Days: A Journey Through Petrarch's Canzoniere 20 credits
    • Made in Italy. Italian for Business 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read International Business and Italian B BA in the course catalogue

    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 different teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, and in some cases workshops. However, independent learning is a vital part of the degree, since it helps you to develop your critical and research skills.


    A range of assessment methods 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 plenty of support, such as extra classes on topics like public speaking and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB 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. GCSE Mathematics at grade 6/B is required. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 overall with 16 at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      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.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80%

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    When 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 (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.

    Alternative entry

    We’re 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 offers: BBB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking at A Level 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.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    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.

    Admissions policy

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    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. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    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 in 2018-19 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, you’ll 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.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    A Joint Honours degree in International Business and Italian will equip you with fluency in a major European language and a thorough understanding of the key issues in international business management.

    Both of these qualities are valuable to employers, but you’ll also have transferable skills that they actively seek such as teamwork, presentation and communication, research, critical thinking and a high level of commercial awareness.

    You’ll also have the advantage of your residence abroad, which will demonstrate your independence and resilience – and managing two subjects will give you organisational skills.

    Graduates have pursued a variety of careers in areas such as management, business and finance and marketing as well as education, the civil service and journalism. Others have gone into postgraduate study or specialised training in language-based disciplines like translation or interpreting.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s 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.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Residence abroad

    You’ll spend your third year in Italy, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.

    We have partnerships with a number of Italian universities where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in an Italian school under the British Council’s programme.

    Whatever you choose to do, you’ll gain a new insight into Italian 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.

    Read more about Residence Abroad in Italian