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International Business with Italian (BSc) (Course full)


Please note: this course is full for 2019 entry.


Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38

This course is ideal if you have a passion for languages and want to combine specialist Italian language skills and cultural training with learning about business in an international context.

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At Warwick Business School, you’ll study a range of business related topics including marketing, strategy, law and finance, in addition to developing your language skills, both at Warwick and overseas.

You will spend 25% of your time studying Italian with Warwick's School of Modern Languages and Cultures, with a guaranteed study placement in your third year at an institution where modules will be taught in the relevant language. Alternatively you could opt to work overseas for a year, using your language skills in the business world. You will attend a three-day seminar during your year abroad, which typically takes place in Venice.

Today’s fast-paced business world requires the ability to think and act globally. Our highly ranked course will enable you to combine your passion for languages with a business degree.

Throughout the course you’ll study Italian (25%), while developing a deep understanding of the core principles of international business and management. Your studies will be further advanced by a year abroad where you will enhance your language skills by choosing to work, study or undertake a combination of both.

You will learn in a variety of ways – primarily through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and online learning.

Contact hours

This varies by year but you will have approximately 15 hours per week of class time, plus student support and feedback hours.

Class size

Class sizes vary by module: there can be up to 500 students in lectures (mainly year 1) and then around 25 in seminars. Some electives are much smaller.

You will be assessed through a combination of end of year examinations and on-going assessments, which may include essays, research assignments, projects, case study analysis, class tests, presentations and group work. The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

You will be guaranteed a place with one of our partner universities in Europe, Canada or Latin America. The flexibility of our year abroad allows you to choose whether you would like to study, undertake a work placement or a combination of the two. We do not organise work placements, however our dedicated WBS CareersPlus team will provide support in making your applications.

During your year abroad you’ll immerse yourself in local culture and, if you choose to work, learn more about doing business in another country. You’ll also attend a compulsory three-day seminar enabling you to catch up with your classmates, reflect on your year-abroad, and prepare for the two assignments that make up 10% of your overall degree.

Whether you choose work or study, you will return to Warwick confident, ready to put your new and developed knowledge, cultural awareness and skills into practice for your final year.

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A level AAA to include an A level in a foreign language (which may or may not be Italian). You will also need a GCSE grade A/grade 7 in Mathematics and GCSE grade A/grade 7 in at least one humanities or social science subject.

IB 38 to include Higher Level 5 in a modern foreign language (which may or may not be Italian).

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • CORE: Foundation Skills and Debates

  • Accounting for Business

  • Business Statistics

  • Markets, Marketing and Strategy

  • Foundations of Financial Management

  • Principles of Marketing and Strategy

  • Language (double module in Italian)

Descriptions of these modules are available here.

For Italian modules please check here.

Year 2
  • CORE: Global Environment of Business
  • CORE: Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • CORE: Critical Issues in Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Governance, Politics, and Corporate Accountability
  • 2 x language modules

Descriptions of these modules are available here.

For Italian modules please check here.

Year 3
  • CORE: Critical Issues in Management (double module)
  • International Perspectives in Business and Management
  • 2 x language modules.

Descriptions of these modules are available here.

For Italian modules please check here.

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

International Marketing; Auditing, Governance and Accountability; Behavioural Economics; Supply Chain Management; Law for Entrepreneurs; Operations Excellence; Banks and Financial Systems; Derivatives and Risk Management; Styles of Coaching and Team Leadership.

Our dedicated WBS CareersPlus team provides specialised careers services solely for WBS students including:

  • 1-2-1 careers coaching
  • Career planning and preparation workshops
  • Employer events
  • Work placements and internships.

Our workshops cover all aspects of the job application process, from creating your CV to preparing for interviews and assessment centres. Tailored sessions, such as ‘What job is right for you?’ can help you to plan your future career and actions. If you have a question about writing applications, wish to explore your career options, or need to prepare for interviews and assessment centres, our 1-2-1 careers appointments with dedicated careers staff can help you, right here in WBS.

We organise and facilitate employer events on summer internships, year-in-industry placements and graduate opportunities. We also host employer-led skills workshops and run informal networking sessions. Bespoke employer events organised specifically for our students have seen the likes of EY, L’Oréal, Aldi, Johnson & Johnson, Royal Bank of Scotland, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Accenture and Aston Martin visit WBS, providing students with great networking opportunities and links to top local, national and international brands.

Here are some examples of the companies our students have worked at while on their placement:

  • EY
  • ESSO
  • PwC
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • MGH Technology solutions
  • RSM.

What do our graduates do?

  • Audit Associate
  • ACA Graduate Trainee
  • Accountant
  • Accounts Associate
  • Acturial Associate
  • Analyst
  • Assurance Associate
  • Auditor
  • Equity Research Analyst
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant.

Where do our graduates work?

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • FTI Consulting
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • RSA Associates
  • The National Audit Office.

A level AAA to include an A level in a foreign language (which may or may not be Italian). You will also need a GCSE grade A in Mathematics and GCSE grade A in at least one humanities or social science subject.

IB 38 to include Higher Level 5 in a modern foreign language (which may or may not be Italian).


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

4 years full time

Start Date
24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and a year abroad

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.