Everything you need to know...
What is the fee?
Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study?
3 / 4 Years
Where will I study?
What are the entry requirements?
What is the UCAS code?
When do I start?
Placement year available?
Sheffield Hallam University is ranked 5th amongst UK providers for languages and linguistics in the Guardian University Guide 2023 league table.
- Develop critical insight into the theory and practice of international business.
- Gain advanced skills in the Spanish language.
- Understand the cultural, social and economic contexts of your chosen language.
- Spend an optional semester at a Spanish university.
- Complete an optional 24-week work placement in a Spanish-speaking country.
Expand your language skills alongside your understanding of international business – preparing you to become a multilingual professional. There’s an option to study and work abroad for 18 months, developing transferable skills and giving you a competitive advantage in the international employment market.
Sheffield Business School accreditation
Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.
How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
At every level of this course you’ll have the opportunity to acquire and apply an array of knowledge relating to international business. You’ll develop your Spanish language skills and cultural awareness to a high level. You’ll engage with real companies through placement and projects to increase your employability.
You learn through
- lectures and seminars, with guest speakers
- weekly sessions with Foreign Language Assistants
- Spanish modules taught in the target language
- independent and directed study
- presentations and group work
- an optional semester abroad
- an optional placement year abroad
Course leaders and tutors
Staff profile for Senior Lecturer in French and Catalan Studies, Simon Nicholls.
As part of your course you have the option to spend at least 24 weeks on a paid work placement in a relevant organisation in Spain.
Not only is your placement a fantastic way to explore and get to know a different country, it’s also a great opportunity to gain valuable tourism industry experience and apply the knowledge developed throughout your studies. It also helps you develop your professional skills and Spanish language ability – significantly enhancing your employability.
In addition to the optional 24-week work placement, you’ll also undertake Highly Skilled Employment projects in each academic year. You’ll apply your learning alongside your language skills, working with local, national and international companies. You’ll also learn from the experiences of other students, as part of our wider Languages Community.
We’re proud of our links with UK and international tourism-related businesses, and with our alumni. You’ll have numerous opportunities to network with them at events like our annual alumni event.
As a graduate of this course you’ll have a wide choice of career options, both in the UK and internationally. You can find careers in multinational organisations and in UK-based firms with international operations.
This course prepares you for a career in
- international management
- foreign direct investment
- international enterprise
- international strategy
- regional integration
- global supply chain management
- translation and interpreting
- teaching and lecturing
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work as
- marketing and business data analyst
- accountant in training
- account executive
- project planner in linguistic validation
- managing director
- software engineering consultant
- global quality control analyst
- associate consultant (IT)
- marketing manager
- junior asset manager
- cyber security analyst
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you’ll have access to
- Hallam i-Lab, the University’s incubator space to support start-up graduate ventures
- interpreting and translation equipment
- digital laboratories
- dedicated IT facilities in our University libraries
- additional resources in our Languages Centre, an informal learning space for language students
- an extensive library collection, including online materials, relating to international business, languages, culture, history, politics and society
This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For post A level language study, you must have an A level in Spanish or AS level at grade C in Spanish. For beginner level you need GCSE grade B or 5 in any foreign language, or equivalent. For example:
- BBC-BBB at A Level including an A level in Spanish
- DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma, with an A Level in Spanish or AS level grade C in Spanish.
- Merit overall from a T level qualification, with an A Level in Spanish or AS level grade C in Spanish.
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies, with an A Level in Spanish or AS level grade C in Spanish.
- English language or literature at grade C or 4
- Maths at grade D or 3
- For beginner level you need GCSE grade B or 5 in any foreign language, or equivalent.
• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate plus, for post-A level study, an A or AS level at grade C in Spanish. For beginner level you need GCSE grade B or above in any foreign language or equivalent. Normally an interview will be required.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.
We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.
Your third year will be spent on placement.
Business & Culture In Spanish-Speaking Societies
Contemporary International Business
Foreign Language (Spanish)
Foundations Of Business
Foreign Language (Spanish)
Global Entrepreneurship Abroad
Managing Across Borders
Work & Life In Spanish-Speaking Societies
Advanced International Business
Consultancy Project In International Business
Contemporary Debates In Spanish-Speaking Societies
Foreign Language (Spanish)
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Business, management and enterprise courses (PDF, 188.2KB)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.