Modern Languages and Management - BA (Hons)
with a Year Abroad

Do you aspire to drive a global business to success? Modern Languages and Management places employability at its heart, preparing you to live and work in tomorrow's world.


Guided by expert staff, you'll explore current and emerging international management concepts and theories, and build advanced language skills. You'll study the language of your choice - French, German, Italian or Spanish - working with staff who are native speakers, and gain expertise in culture, society, politics and business. Find out more about our language options.

Spending a year living and working abroad will help build your fluency and develop essential skills to get you career-ready. You can also take an extracurricular module in a language at any stage.

Why study Modern Languages and Management with a Year Abroad at Kent?

  • Kent Business School is a ‘Triple Crown’ accredited business school
  • Modern Languages at Kent scored more than 90% for the quality of its teaching in German, French and Iberian Studies (Spanish) in the National Student Survey 2021
  • Get career-ready: a combination of management theory, language expertise and practical experience help you take the lead in business roles around the globe
  • Build your future: Immerse yourself in the language and culture on your Year Abroad, giving you the language skills and professional experience employers are looking for
  • Get involved: join a society, become a language mentor, or discover how to turn your ideas into a successful business at our ASPIRE centre
  • Be supported: receive individual support from a dedicated academic advisor, our professional student support team, and Academic Peer Mentors, recruited from our most experienced undergraduate students
  • Expert teaching: our subject experts, leading researchers and native language speakers help you make the most of your course

What our students say

“I looked at a number of universities and Kent was definitely the best for French. It really is a European university – geographically it’s close to the rest of Europe and there are lots of European students here.”

Lucy Skinner, Modern Languages student

What you'll study

In your first year you will study the language of your choice, at a level that suits you. You’ll also study management, financial reporting, business analysis tools, and the changing business environment. You'll also explore cultures and heritage and business, with module choices covering European cinema, politics, and literature.

In your second and final years, you’ll study your chosen language at intermediate and advanced level, and you'll master operations management and strategy analysis.

Optional choices cover a wide range of areas, from European business to history, and from travel writing to the analysis of European music. You can also choose to work on a project or dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of our expert academic staff.

Your year abroad is a great opportunity to show future employers that you can adapt to a new environment. You'll develop personally, academically and professionally, whilst experiencing a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, and create your own international network.

See the modules you'll study

Flexible tariff

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We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB or equivalent at A level

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    Mathematics grade 4 / C

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    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If we make you an offer you will need to obtain/pass the Access to Higher Education Diploma including 21 points at Distinction, 20 points at Merit and 4 points at Pass.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR).

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

When applying you will need to indicate, under 'further details' in the 'choices' section of your application, the language that you wish to study using the codes below. For further information on completing your UCAS form, please visit the UCAS site.

UCAS language codes

  • French - Fre
  • German - Ger
  • Italian - Ital
  • Spanish - Spa

It may be possible to study further languages to a lower level of proficiency than degree level in our Language Centre, subject to demand. This is arranged once you register as a student.  

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.


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Course structure

Duration: 4 years full-time

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. 


You must choose modules with a total of 120 credits at each stage:

  • 60 credits from the management modules
  • 30 credits from the language modules (corresponding to your language of study)
  • 15 credits from the route-defining modules
  • 15 credits from the free choice modules (corresponding to your language of study)

Stage 1

Business modules

Language modules


  • Global cultures of business (15 credits)
  • Culture & Heritage: Foundations (15 credits)
  • Resistance and Revolution (15 credits)

Free choice modules

Stage 2

Business modules

Language modules

Route-defining modules

  • Branding the Nation: National Identity in the Global Marketplace
  • Culture & Heritage: History
  • What makes a nation? Sovereignty, Power and Identity
  • Languages in the Classroom

Free choice modules

Year abroad

Going abroad as part of your degree is an amazing experience and a chance to develop personally, academically and professionally.  You experience a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, establish international contacts and enhance your employability. 

The Year Abroad is assessed on a pass/fail basis and will not count towards your final degree classification. You spend the year working as an English language assistant or in approved employment, or studying at one of our partner universities.

Stage 3 

Business modules

Students must select at least 30 credits from the Level 6 Business Modules

Language modules

Route-defining modules

  • Global commodities
  • Culture & Heritage: The Contemporary
  • Crisis, aftermath and memory
  • Language Teachers at Work

Free choice modules


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £13000
  • International full-time £17400
  • Home part-time £4625
  • EU part-time £6500
  • International part-time £8700

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.


University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.


General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Teaching and assessment

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Independent rankings

Business and Management at Kent was ranked 37th out of 124 in The Complete University Guide 2023.

French at Kent scored 90% overall and German scored 91% overall in The Complete University Guide 2023.

95% of final-year German students and 91% of final-year French who completed the National Student Survey 2021 were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course. 


Graduate destinations

Previous graduates have gone on to work in:

  • advertising
  • journalism and professional writing
  • media
  • law
  • public relations
  • marketing and sales
  • publishing
  • broadcasting
  • civil or diplomatic services.

Help finding a job

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Work experience

We offer a number of modules with direct relevance to the world of work, including options that focus on teaching and on writing in the media.

Career-enhancing skills

Alongside specialist skills, you also develop the transferable skills graduate employers look for, including the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • work independently and as part of a team.

You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Apply for this course

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

Find out more about how to apply

All applicants

Apply through UCAS

International applicants

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Contact us


United Kingdom/EU enquiries

Enquire online for full-time study

T: +44 (0)1227 768896


International student enquiries

Enquire online

T: +44 (0)1227 823254

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