BA International Business Management with Study Abroad

Based on Sheffield University Management School’s established Business Management programme, BA International Business Management with Study Abroad gives students a solid foundation in business knowledge and skills in first year, before focusing on the global marketplace in years two and three.

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Understanding the principles of how businesses function and succeed in an international market is key to this programme, offering students global operational and cultural perspectives on the corporate world.

At a glance

  • UCAS code: N120
  • Entry requirements: A-Level ABB plus Maths GCSE B or 6
  • Three year course
  • Compulsory study abroad in your second year
  • All teaching in English
  • Optional placement year

Full entry requirements and module information can be found on the undergraduate prospectus:

International Business Management with Study Abroad BA


Combining rigorous academic study with practical skills, our BA International Business Management will give you a comprehensive understanding of core business modules in year one. You’ll study modules including Introduction to Behaviour at Work, Management Themes and Perspectives, and Business Economics. This will be complemented by skills-based modules covering essential accounting and decision making techniques.

In the second year, students will acquire a keen understanding of global business through the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions through either the Erasmus or Study Abroad programmes.

For the third year of the course, students return to Sheffield and continue their business management studies with a strong international focus. Working closely with the University of Sheffield’s prestigious School of East Asian Studies, specialist modules such as Work and Society in Japan are available, alongside three core modules which will challenge and enhance your now established international expertise.

All modules at partner institutions are approved by Sheffield University Management School and taught in English. Study abroad is reliant on the student achieving an average mark of 60 per cent in both autumn and spring semester of first year without any failed module. Those who fail to achieve this mark are transferred onto the Business Management BA. We do not accept second year entrants onto this programme.

Where can I go?

Wherever you study, the second year will be taught in English and all modules are approved by Sheffield University Management School. You pay a reduced fee to Sheffield for the year abroad but no fees are paid to the partner university.

In order to qualify for the year abroad you must pass your first year with an average grade of at least 60% at the first attempt with no fails. If you do not achieve this result you will switch over to the BA Business Management programme and spend your second year in Sheffield.

Studying abroad

International and European partner universities

Study Abroad - International countries
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • University of Alberta, Canada
  • Australian National University, Australia
  • University of Calgary, Canada*
  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Drexel University, USA
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Griffith University, Australia
  • University of Hong Kong
  • McGill University, Canada*
  • McMaster University, Canada
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Monash University, Australia
  • Montana State University, USA
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore*
  • University of New Mexico, USA
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Northern Arizona University, USA*
  • University of Oklahoma, USA*
  • University of Pittsburg, USA
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Sydney, Australia*
  • University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Western University, Canada*
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
  • University of Wollongong, Australia

*These universities have restrictions set by the partner university. This could be a restricted number of courses/places available/additional documentation required etc.

Erasmus+ - European countries
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  • Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Aalto University School of Business, Finland
  • ESC Rennes School of Business
  • EDHEC Business School, Lille or Nice Campuses, France
  • University of Mennheim, Germany
  • EBS Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany
  • Universitia degli Studi di Roma, Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
  • University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Lunds Universitet, Sweden


You can add a placement year (sometimes called a year in industry) to your degree after you arrive in Sheffield. Placements take place between your second and final year of study and we add ‘Degree with Employment Experience’ to your course title to reflect your time in the workplace. Searching and applying for vacancies for a year-long placement will take place during your second year of study.

Things to consider

As your second year is spent overseas, if you choose to do a placement you will be away from the University of Sheffield for two consecutive years.
You will also be based overseas during the placement recruitment process, so will most likely be unable to attend interviews and assessment centres in person. This means you may have to be more flexible in the type of organisations or roles you apply for, for example, smaller companies may be more willing to conduct interviews via Skype.

Placements are a great opportunity for you to gain professional experience and to apply what you’ve learnt in lectures and seminars to an organisation, but you might also want to consider a summer internship. Organisations normally offer these to students between their second and third years of study, and they usually last between 8 – 12 weeks and take place between June and September.

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We’ll help you to find part-time jobs, internships and year-long placements. We’ll do everything we can to help you find opportunities that fit with your career plans and meet your development needs. Our External Relations team builds relationships with alumni and businesses so you get lots of opportunities to meet professionals and learn from them. We can also teach you how to develop networks of your own, how to make face-to-face meetings count and how to use social media effectively.

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