This exciting Joint Honours degree gives you the chance to develop your skills in a major world language while building an understanding of international business management.
If you have an A-level in French, you'll improve your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills while placing French in the context of Francophone culture, history and politics. You'll also gain a real understanding of the strategic and operational issues that affect foreign operations and the challenges involved in making them competitive, sustainable and profitable.
Core modules will allow you to hone your language skills and discover the principles of international business, while a variety of optional modules will give you the chance to pursue the French topics that interest you - from Francophone Africa to French as a Professional Language. You'll gain awareness of another culture alongside valuable business knowledge, supported by the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL).
Leeds offers great facilities for language students. Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all available in our fully-equipped Language Zone. There's also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources.
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.
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you'll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
In your first year, you'll study core modules consolidating your language skills and introducing you to the key issues in international business. You'll also study one of our Cornerstone modules, allowing you to make connections between your two subjects.
Then, over the rest of your degree, you'll balance modules in topics such as management, the global economic environment and transnational corporations alongside core language modules. You'll also choose from an impressive variety of optional modules such as Francophone cinema, philosophy, literature, history, and politics. You could even work on skills like translating and interpreting.
You'll spend your third year in a Francophone country, immersing yourself in the local culture and sharpening your written and spoken French. All of your knowledge and experience will come together in your final year, when you'll have the chance to demonstrate what you've learned by producing a dissertation on a business topic of your choice.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in French excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
GCSE: 6/B in Mathematics
A Joint Honours degree in French and International Business equips you with a wide range of skills. Not only will you have a broad understanding of how businesses operate worldwide, but you'll also 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.
You'll 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. These include management, business and finance, marketing, sales and retail, tourism industry, law, publishing, journalism, media, cultural industry and the civil service. Others go into language-specific roles such as translating and interpreting, or pursue further training in these areas.
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Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend your third year in France or another Francophone country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.
We have partnerships with a number of universities in the countries where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could also 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 French-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.
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