Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our Spanish and International Business BA will help you develop the skills and knowledge you'll need to succeed in the internationalised business world.

In today's global economy, language skills are of significant value to prospective employers when combined with business expertise. This combination can greatly enhance your career opportunities.

You'll have the opportunity to study Spanish language, culture and international business in an integrated way, exploring the relationships between these elements and the broader economic, financial and cross-cultural contexts in which they are produced.

Our comprehensive language training places strong emphasis on the use of language in a business environment, while our business modules will allow you to gain a solid understanding of international business – a combination that will enable you to gain the real-world skills required to progress to a rewarding career.

The training you'll receive in cross-cultural communication will equip you with the flexibility, adaptability and creativity required in global interactions.

You'll also have the opportunity to benefit from experiencing life, culture and the world of work or study outside the UK by taking part in an optional year-long placement overseas. Study placements take place at a partner educational institution in a country where Spanish is the official language.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Gain practical Spanish language skills in real-world contexts
  • A sophisticated business environment - our state-of-the-art Bloomberg Financial Markets Suite allows you to gain first-hand exposure to technology that’s widely adopted in leading global investment banks in the major financial centres of the world
  • Opportunities to gain international experience through placements, studying abroad and field trips. Previous field trip destinations have included Cuba, Hong Kong, Morocco, France and Argentina
  • Individually focused academic support and career planning through our tutorials
  • Opportunities to practise one-to-one conversation with a native speaker using Chatterbox, an online service

Course structure

Our course focuses on active learning, through lectures, seminars, workshops, task-based and blended learning, designed to engage your interest and promote your learning.

You'll study with the latest technology and learning spaces and you'll get extensive hands-on experience with industry partners to prepare you for the real world.

You'll be taught by inspiring and experienced lecturers who will help you develop a wide range of soft skills including communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and time-management in highly interactive and engaging classes.

Assessment methods include e-portfolios, real-world simulation tasks, essays, reports, individual and group presentations and case studies, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

Years 1 and 2 will provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake an optional year-long placement in an overseas, Spanish-speaking destination, which could include studying at a recognised educational institution.

You can also choose to study an optional module from a range of topics across the University in each year.

The following subjects are indicative of what you'll study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Communication for Global Business 
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture  
  • Foundations of Accounting and Finance 
  • Global Business Environment
  • Marketing for International Business
  • The Spanish World and the Word 

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Expressions of Spanish Culture 
  • Cultures and Conflicts 
  • Digital Business
  • International Business Law
  • International Business Practice
  • International Financial Analysis
  • Multilingual e-collaboration
  • Organisational Behaviour

Credit Level 5

Between Years 2 and 3 you'll have the option to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or approved form of employment in a country where Spanish is the official language.

Subjects of study include:

  • Comparative International Management
  • Developing Career Competencies for Linguists 
  • Dissertation/Professional Project
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Global Strategic Management 
  • Global Marketing Management
  • International Economy
  • International Financial Management
  • International Project Management 
  • People and Things on the Move
  • Themes in Contemporary Spanish Studies

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.


Past graduates of this degree have found successful employment in diverse sectors such as international business development, business consultancy, investment banking and marketing, where knowledge of specific languages is advantageous.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

Study, work or volunteer abroad

You'll have the opportunity to spend a semester or year abroad on a study, work or volunteering placement in a Spanish-speaking country.

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Boost your employability

Spanish was one of the top three languages most wanted by employers in 2019, according to a report by CBI/Pearson.

Source: CBI/Pearson.

Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

Our course aims to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience that will enable them to become practising professionals and thrive effectively in an international work environment in the UK or abroad.

You’ll also develop the linguistic resources, strategies, intercultural awareness and flexibility essential for effective communication in professional and globalised environments, enabling you to contribute proactively to private, public or third-sector businesses and organisations, and to the wider communities within which businesses operate.

Increasing numbers of students also progress to further study after graduation, either taking professional qualifications or proceeding to a specialist Master's degree in a relevant discipline. Previous graduates have been able to undertake further study at overseas institutions where tuition is in the language of their degree.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Account manager
  • Advertising executive
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Business advisor
  • Cultural liaison officer
  • NGO officer
  • Researcher
  • Specialised consultant
  • Teacher
  • Trader

Graduate employment

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Apple
  • Harrods
  • Laura Ashley
  • Microsoft
  • Servion Global Solutions
  • Siteminder

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Opportunities abroad

You'll have the option to spend a semester or year abroad on a work, study or volunteering placement in a Spanish-speaking country.

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Practise with native speakers

You'll have free access to Chatterbox – an online service that links language learners with refugee language teachers, allowing you to develop your language skills with a native speaker.

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Fantastic central London location

Based in our Regent Campus in central London, you'll enjoy the benefits of studying in a major global city.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

Find an online open day

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme

  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM

  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*

  • Access – 104 to 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

Our Spanish courses are available to beginners, 'false beginner' and intermediate entrants– false beginners are students who may have the equivalent to one or two years part-time study. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

More information

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.


As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.


The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs information 

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.


The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs information 

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

What our students say

"The decision I made to study abroad opened many doors for me."

Joao, International Business BA, 2016

"The highlight of any time abroad is the people you meet – the people make it for sure."

Ashwin, International Business BA, 2016

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.


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Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

visit our student hub

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Course Location

Teaching for this course will take place at both our Regent Street and Marylebone Campus in central London.

Situated on one of the most famous and vibrant streets of London, our 309 Regent Street site includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. The site also houses our Regent Street Cinema. For more details, visit our Regent Street page.

Our Marylebone Campus is home to the Westminster Business School and has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new digital studios and the development of the Marylebone Library. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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