Why choose this course
We are one of the UK’s leading universities for modern languages and linguistics and rank in the top 10 in the Guardian University Guide 2020. Our French language courses ranked 2nd in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for French Studies in the National Student Survey 2019.
This course will develop your language skills and your understanding of core business principles, giving you the linguistic competence and business confidence to excel in the professional and academic world.
We are ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
What you will study
Our BSc Business Management and French will introduce you to core business principles and practice, as well as provide you with the opportunity to gain near-native fluency in the French language. You’ll also have the opportunity to take French ab initio.
The combination of these two subjects will prepare you for a variety of careers, enhancing your knowledge and understanding of French culture and society. The business management element of the course is taught by our renowned Surrey Business School.
Your French modules are almost all taught in French, preparing you for your third year on placement in a French-speaking country. This will give you a real insight into business practice in the relevant country, plus the opportunity to use and develop your language skills in a professional setting.
BSc (Hons) - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Our graduates do exceptionally well in the employment market as a result of their academic excellence and their experience abroad.
Our students’ proficiency in languages, combined with their significant understanding of intercultural processes and sociopolitical contexts, gives them a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive international employment market.
Our emphasis on transferable skills such as presentation and research techniques, and communication across linguistic and cultural boundaries, ensures that our graduate profile fits the expectations of prospective employers.
Business management and language graduates from the University of Surrey have gone into a wide range of careers. Some examples of companies in which our recent graduates have found employment include:
- Electricité de France
- Kingfisher plc
- JP Morgan
- Lloyds Banking Group
- BAE Systems
- Macmillan Publishing
- Deutsche Bank
Many students go on to further study in the UK and across Europe. Graduates of our internationally recognised courses are well-prepared for the professional market, as well as for further research. Examples include:
- MA Communication and International Marketing, University of Surrey
- MA Intercultural Communication with International Business, University of Surrey
- MSc Business Analytics, University of Surrey
- MBA, University of Surrey
- MBA International Marketing, Paris-Sorbonne University.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Each 15-credit module involves 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, seminars and tutorials, and includes your own study time. You will conduct research and complete projects and assignments individually and in groups that will draw on and strengthen your understanding of a particular area. Assessments are designed to develop your subject-specific and transferable skills.
In languages, you are taught mostly in small, interactive seminars, and almost always in the target language. You’ll improve your transferable skills and your knowledge about culture, societies, history and politics of the countries where the language is spoken. In business management, our academics are delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development. In all our sessions, tutors encourage you to actively participate in discussions.
Individual module tutors happily discuss academic concerns and personal tutors are always ready to advise and assist you if any issues, personal or academic, should arise.
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
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Other international qualifications
If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
We normally make offers in terms of grades.
If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)
UK and EU £9,250
Professional training £1,850
- Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms.
- Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
- Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
- Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
- Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
- International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
- 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
- 50% in January of the same academic year.
The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.
If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.
Professional Training placement fees
If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.
See the information about 2019/20 academic year Professional Training placement fee.
Scholarships and bursaries
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Application Deadline: 30.09.20
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Asylum Seeker Bursary
Application Deadline: 30.06.21
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You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Business Management and French placements
We believe that the acquisition of academic knowledge should be coupled with a strong and continuous professional training, so that our students graduate with a wider range of skills that will make them more employable.
The Professional Training placement is one of the reasons for our very high employment rates in the School of Literature and Languages.
Professional Training is compulsory on this course, be it in the form of a work placement or a period studying abroad. We acknowledge its essential role in our degrees by awarding 120 credits for it, which (while not counting towards your final degree classification) appear in your final University transcript alongside your academic module marks.
During your first year
The Professional Training placement cycle begins right away in your first year, when you will learn about the cultures and societies related to your chosen languages and practise CV writing and presentation techniques.
During your second year
In the second year, you’ll attend Employability Week and Placement Week. This includes one-to-one meetings with an experienced team of placement tutors who can advise you on a placement that suits your abilities, interests and future career plans.
The preparation also includes sessions on CV and cover letter writing, finances while on placement, health and safety in the workplace, insurance, and accommodation, as well as talks by current placement providers, employers or experts in a particular industry.
In the past, guest speakers have included representatives from Hilton Spain and Vifor Pharma Switzerland.
During your placement
In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to practise and develop your linguistic, intercultural and transferable skills while working and/or studying abroad.
Our placement team will help you organise a placement that fits your needs. Where you go, and how many placements you do, depends on your course.
Whether you do a study or work placement depends on your interests and skills. The majority of our students spend their third year working abroad, gaining valuable international work experience.
Our students make excellent candidates for placements in areas such as marketing, international relations, sales, PR, translation and even finance.
Our placement partners
We have a wide range of links with internationally-renowned companies such as:
- Ernst & Young (EY)
- Hilton Hotels.
If you choose a study exchange you can choose from a number of partner universities in Europe with which we have Erasmus+ bilateral agreements. These include Lyon III University and ESSEC Business School in Cergy Pontoise, as well as HEC in Montreal, Canada.
If you opt to work for all or part of your year abroad (rather than study), you'll receive at least one visit from your placement tutors. The purpose of this unique approach to work placements is to support you in your transition to a new language, a new country and a new work environment.
Your visiting tutors will also assess your performance at work, mediate between you and your placement organisation, and help prepare you for your final year back at university.
Whether you work or study in France or Belgium, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
At the end of your Professional Training placement, our goal is for you to be able to reflect upon and articulate your experience so that you can discuss it in a future job interview upon graduation.
To this end, we ask you to update your CV, write a placement report and give a presentation to first and second year students about your experience.
Applying for placements
You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.
Find out about more about the application process.
Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
You will gain a perspective on how your peers are educated in another country, and also add to your own skills and professional experience in a global context.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online guide has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.