Business Management and Spanish BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
The University of Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Spanish, with our courses ranked 3rd by the Guardian University Guide 2019 and our Iberian language courses have been ranked top 5 in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Our BSc Business Management and Spanish course develops your language skills and understanding of key business principles to develop the linguistic competence and business confidence to excel in the professional and academic world.
What you will study
Our BSc Business Management and Spanish course will introduce you to key business principles and practice, as well as provide you with the opportunity to gain near-native fluency and professional skills in the Spanish language.
The two elements of the course complement each other and will prepare you for a variety of careers, enhancing your knowledge and understanding of Spanish culture and society. The business management element of the course is taught by our renowned Surrey Business School.
From the outset, your Spanish modules are almost all taught in Spanish, preparing you for your third year on placement in a Spanish-speaking country. This will give you a real insight into business practice in the relevant country, and the opportunity to use and develop your language skills in a professional setting.
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|BSc (Hons)||48 months||NR24||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and 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 Spanish 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 programme, be it in the form of a work placement or a study period 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 from your first year, when you 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, students take a module called Preparation for the Professional Training Year. This includes one-to-one meetings with an experienced team of placement tutors (one for each language), ho 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, 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 Microsoft UK, Hilton Spain and Vifor Pharma Switzerland.
During your placement
In your third year, you are given 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 degree programme.
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.
We have a wide range of links with internationally renowned companies such as:
- Ernst & Young (EY)
- Hilton Hotels.
If you opt for a study exchange you can choose from a number of partner universities in Europe with which we have Erasmus+ bilateral agreements. These include universities in Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid and Universitat Jaume I.
Whether you work or study in France or Belgium you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. During your work placement abroad you will receive at least two visits by your placement tutors.
The purpose of this unique approach to placements is to support you in your transition to a new language, a new country and a new work environment.
They also serve the purpose of assessing your performance at work and mediating between you and your placement organisation, as well as preparing you for your final year back at University.
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
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
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 socio-political 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 graduates have found employment in recent years include:
- Electricité de France
- Kingfisher plc
- JP Morgan
- Lloyds Banking Group
- BAE Systems
- Mazda Motors Europe
- Macmillan Publishing.
Many students go on to further study in the UK and across Europe. Graduates of our internationally recognised programmes 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.
Graduates of our internationally recognised programmes are well prepared for the professional market, as well as for further research.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
In your third year you will spend your Professional Training Placement abroad. Students have worked at a range of companies all around the world. By working in Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
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 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 prospectus 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.