International Business & Chinese Studies - BA (Hons)

This programme offers a solid education in international business combined with intensive Chinese language preparation and the study of Chinese society and culture, which allows you to gain a deep insight into China’s rapidly developing economy, its growing political influence, rich traditional cultures and styles of business management.

In addition, the programme includes two terms spent at our partner institutions in China, and significant periods of work experience during your studies to prepare you for the world of work and enhance your employability.

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Why should I choose this programme?

You are looking for a solid business education and realise that emerging markets offer vast business opportunities. With China likely to become the largest economy over the next decade, you are aware that it will be the key economic power for the lifetime of your generation.

You want to tap into these opportunities and develop core business, management and intercultural skills, fluency in Chinese language, as well as a thorough understanding of Chinese society and culture, to give you the foundations for a potential career doing business with China.

Key skills, aims and objectives

  • An international and cross-cultural view of the business world, with a particular focus on China
  • Language skills and understanding of Chinese society, culture, politics and economics
  • The ability to lead and manage people in a complex and changing environment
  • The ability to think critically and creatively, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • A spirit of innovation and enterprise

Future opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a career in international business with a focus on China in small or large companies, multinational corporations or family-run businesses.

Many areas of the international business sector will be open to you, including management, finance, strategy, retail and human resources management.


Four years, full time, or five years with the Integrated Foundation.

Additional information

The programme is structured in three main parts:

  • In Terms 1, 2, 3 and 4 you will study at Regent's
  • Terms 5 and 6 are spent on your Study Period Abroad (SPA) in China
  • In Terms 7 and 8 you will return to Regent's to complete your degree

In the first four terms, you will study a range of core modules designed to build a broad base of knowledge in business, Chinese area studies and the Chinese language.

Some students may be required to complete a module in English language study.

In Terms 7 and 8 you will also choose from a range of elective modules that allow you to further diversify your learning. The programme culminates in a major business and Chinese area studies dissertation.

Language study
You will study Chinese language and culture throughout the programme, and develop fluent Chinese speaking, writing and translating skills, with a particular focus on language for business.

Study in China
You will spend Terms 5 and 6 living and studying in China at one of our top ranking partner institutions, allowing you to perfect your language skills and gain real experience of everyday life in Chinese communities. During this time you will take a number of modules at your host institution in China. The International Partnerships Office will support you before, during and after your Study Period Abroad.

Our partner universities in China are:

Tsinghua University, Beijing
Beijing Language and Cultural University, Beijing 
Nanjing University, Nanjing 
Donghua University, Shanghai
Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou
Qingdao University, Qingdao 

Placement Learning Project
In term 5 or 6 you have the option to embark on a 16 to 20 week Placement Learning Project, replacing one of the study periods abroad.

This will involve working in a host organisation in China as an intern and a team member, offering you the opportunity to gain more extensive experience of a real-world working environment.

To complete the module, you will submit a report analysing the organisation and reflecting on your experience working there.

Please note that the Placement Learning Project is undertaken in addition to the 30 weeks of work experience.

Work experience
In addition to your studies, you will undertake a minimum of 30 weeks of work placement which will allow you to apply your learning to real-world business and cultural settings. Of this, at least 10 weeks will take place in China. We guarantee one work placement in China for all students on this programme, Chinese visas permitting.


Some students may be required to complete a module in English language study.

Term 1
Chinese for Business
Contemporary China
Financial Reporting
Qualitative Business Analysis

Term 2
Chinese for Business
Chinese Speaking and Reading
Global Perspectives
International Business Environment
Management Accounting
Managerial Economics

Term 3
China in the World
Chinese for Business
Macroeconomic Analysis: A Basis for International Comparison
Principles of International Human Resource Management
Understanding Cross-Cultural Issues in the Contemporary World

Term 4
Chinese for Business
Practical Chinese Writing
Principles of Marketing
Sustainability Management in China

Terms 5 and 6
Study Period Abroad
During this time you will take a number of modules at your host institution in China.

Term 7
Business Strategy: Managing and Thinking Strategically in a Rapidly Changing International Environment
Chinese for Business
Elective modules
Dissertation (continues in term 8)

Term 8 
Chinese Business Management
Chinese for Business
Elective modules
Practical Chinese Translation and Interpretation

Elective modules
Applied Project Management for IT Projects 
Individualised Learning Project 
International Business
International Economics
International Law
International Marketing
Introduction to Chinese Financial Markets
Mergers and Acquisitions
Personality and Business Psychology
The Business and Management of Small and Medium Enterprises

See module descriptions

Future start dates

12 September 2016

Apply online for September 2016

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Fees September 2016

Annual tuition fee: £15,950
Registration fee: £250 
Non-EU advance deposit: £2,000

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Academic requirements

Please note: we accept students of Chinese at beginner to advanced level, but native Chinese speakers are not eligible for this programme.

We require a minimum of three passes at GCE A-level at grade C or above, and five passes at GCSE/IGCSE level at grade C or above, including English and Maths. We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

  • Five Scottish Highers
  • Five Irish Leaving Certificates
  • International Baccalaureate Full Diploma
  • French Baccalaureate
  • German Abitur
  • Italian Maturita
  • US High School Diploma with 3 APs at grade 3 or 2 APs at grade 4
  • Swedish Slutbetyg

Other equivalent international qualifications as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) will be accepted; please contact us for further information.

Please note, if you are applying with a 12-year high school qualification such as an American High School Diploma (without any AP passes), you will normally be required to complete the one-year Integrated Foundation before progressing to your chosen BA (Hons) degree course.

Transfer of credits
If you have already participated in degree-level education, you may be able to transfer some of your credits towards one of our undergraduate programmes.  We recognise Advanced Prior Learning (APL), which may make it possible for you to begin your studies at a more advanced level within the programme. This is at the discretion of RUL. 

Any applicant being considered for APL will be required to have equivalent qualifications from another university that meet the learning outcomes of the RUL undergraduate degree programme. A key criterion for the acceptance of APL qualifications will be the similarity of the learning outcomes between the two programmes, so that the exemptions can be matched specifically to particular modules within the RUL undergraduate degree programme.

To apply for transfer of credit, you must provide detailed descriptions (certified English translations where necessary) of any courses taken, and transcripts of relevant grades. Transfer of credit will only be assessed before entry. Please note: all transfer students must complete at least three terms at RUL, and transfer into the final year of the degree programme is not possible. All credit transfer is subject to a language test in Chinese.

English is the language of instruction, but it is not a language option. 

Language Testing
At registration, if you are a non-beginner you will be required to take a diagnostic test in Chinese. The results of this test will determine which language class you will be placed in.

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information:

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

– 18/07/2014


For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 4 or above HL or SL. English B grade 5 at HL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.0 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) (TOEFL results not accepted post 17 April 2014 for non EU/UK students)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) score of 53 (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)
  • Trinity College London Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for life (B2): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)
  • Trinity College London Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for life (C1): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English II (B2): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Please check their website for current information:

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us:

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One letter of academic reference
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen course, and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at:
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
  • Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)

Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Undergraduate Scholarships

Students with three B grades at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and progressing Regent's foundation students who achieve a minimum 70% average across all modules will receive a £1,500 scholarship for each year of their degree programme.

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As part of our public benefit commitment, we want to ensure that no student is deterred from applying to Regent’s University London because of financial difficulties. Each year we offer a number of means-tested University bursaries for full-time study on undergraduate programmes.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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European Business School London International Scholarship

One full scholarship covers the full fees for a standard programme duration and two half-scholarships cover half the fees for one standard programme duration. Scholarships are awarded through a competition process. Available for specific programmes.

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding for students studying at Regent's University London

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Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2016-17

Funding for UK, and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker.

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Study methods

You will be taught by highly experienced staff with backgrounds in all areas of business and management, as well as languages and cross-cultural studies.

Many staff speak Chinese, are graduates of Chinese studies or active researchers on business issues in China.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and IT lab sessions. In the main you will be taught in small class groups of up to 25 students, and no more than 12 for language subjects. The small class sizes enable us to offer you individual support in your learning.

We emphasise interaction and activity-based learning. You will explore real-world case studies, visit different organisations and hear from regular guest lecturers, offering new perspectives from industry and academia.

Assessment structure

Assessment methods include tests, quizzes, exams, case studies, essays, projects and presentations, all of which will enable you to amass credits and marks that contribute to your final degree classification.

Students with disabilities

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

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Last updated: 18 May 2016


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Key information

International Business & Chinese Studies
BA (Hons)
European Business School London
Full time
4 years
£15,950 *
Yes *
Next start date
12 September 2016 *
Study abroad
Regent's University London

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates

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This degree is recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). In the final year of this programme, students are provided with access to CMI resources, and can apply for membership to the CMI on degree completion.