BSc in Business, Language and Culture

The BSc in Business, Language and Culture will give you knowledge about how international business conditions are affected by cultural differences. You will learn to work with cultural diversity inside as well as outside the company when doing business across national and cultural borders.

When business meets culture
When doing business internationally managers and specialists not only need to be skilled in economics and business administration. They must also understand and deal effectively with cultural differences and diversity. The BSc BLC programme focuses on the intercultural aspects of internationalisation. You will learn about differences and similarities between  counties and cultures – and how companies and other organisations can best handle the challenges that such differences create for business.

Examples could be the cultural context that companies need to be sensitive to when they enter new markets – or how companies negotiate and work together across borders without misunderstanding each other. Or imagine the challenges of an international company that wants to develop a corporate identity that management and employees can relate to and understand in all its subsidiaries in many different countries. Just how does a company develop the cultural awareness that allows it to make sense of and navigate between partners, authorities and customers in Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Munich, Seattle and Paris?

Understanding international business conditions
The BSc BLC will provide you with a broad understanding of business administration. You will gain insights into the fields of international economics, finance, statistics, strategy and accounting and learn how to identify and solve business and organisational challenges You will also learn how to handle communication challenges both internally within the company and with the external environment.

Language as a key to understanding culture and society
You will explore the business settings, language and culture of two language areas. All students will learn about Britain and the United States. Additionally, you will have special courses taught in your chosen second foreign language, German, French or Spanish.

You will not have many language classes in the traditional sense. Rather, the courses with language primarily focus on knowledge of the social, historical, political and economic aspects of the countries where the language is spoken. During your fifth semester, you are expected to study at a CBS partner university in a region or country where that language is dominant.

Developing interdisciplinary business skills
Understanding business management, languages and culture on their own is not enough to develop a true intercultural business insight. In real life you need to combine these different skills to analyse business problems and develop effective solutions and strategies. For that reason, the BSc BLC takes an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to learning.

Many of the courses, including the first-year project and concluding bachelor project, are interdisciplinary. They combine elements and insights from traditional business topics as well as economics and politics with an in-depth understanding of culture (your own and others’) and cultural diversity. Hence, group-based, interdisciplinary project work is the programme component that brings together the different disciplines you study. This helps you develop practical and analytical intercultural business skills that transcend working with problems related to just the specific countries you have learnt about in your studies.

You develop a more fundamental understanding of the interrelations between business and culture that allows you to analyse and address the intercultural aspects and challenges of any internal or external business problem in a company or organisation.

Even if you meet the language entry requirements, we recommend that you give your language skills a serious brush-up before beginning the programme, as the language level is high.

Hear it from the students
Click below and hear why Ragnhild, Mette and other students chose BSc BLC and get their advise in regards to studying at CBS:
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Challenges in BSc BLC

Many of the challenges of studying at university are the same for all programmes. You can read more about these challenges at Daily life as a student

Each study programme also has some particular challenges that are important to think about before you choose the programme. How well do these challenges correspond to the sort of person you are, how you like to work and the things you are good at?

Second foreign language:
For many students in BSc BLC the biggest challenge is the second foreign language: German, French or Spanish. There are big differences in the language proficiency level of the students. Some have only worked with the language during their upper secondary while others speak it fluently. For some this can be overwhelming and lead them to feel inadequate or even struggle to understand their classes. In addition, it can be a challenge that you will not receive language instruction in the traditional sense. If for example your language is French, you will study in French about conditions in the French-speaking parts of the world, but you will not take French classes in the way you did during your upper secondary. You are expected to have the necessary foundations in your chosen language and then maintain and further develop your language skills on your own.

If you do not feel confident about your language skills it is highly recommended that you work to improve them before you begin the programme: Travel and use your language, read books and newspapers and watch movies without subtitles in your language. And after you begin the programme use your language as much as possible. You need to not compare yourself with those who are better at the language than you but rather focus on your own development and improvements.

Group work:
For the two projects you will write during the BSc BLC you will work in groups – and most likely together with students from different cultures. Thus, it is useful to not only be open and willing to learn from others but also to see this as a unique opportunity to gain practical intercultural experience.

Different study techniques:
Different subjects require different ways of studying. You will need to develop different study techniques for working with business and economics courses, cultural and societal courses and language studies. This takes time and you need to be comfortable with that.

Different areas of study:
The many different courses within many different areas of study mean that it takes time before you fully understand how the different courses and topics relate to one another. Often it is not until the second or third year that everything comes together in your head and you get a clear picture of all the aspects of the programme’s scope. As a BSc BLC student you therefore need to be open to feeling a little confused and not yet seeing the full picture for the first semesters of the programme.

Maths as a tool:
In about a third of the mandatory courses in BSc BLC you will use maths as a tool. You will not use maths that is complicated beyond the entry requirement for the programme, but you need to be comfortable having one or two courses each semester where you use maths and do calculations at a practical level.

What BSc BLC will give you

The programme will give you:
•    a general understanding of how international companies operate combined
•    a specific understanding of how cultural factors impact both internal and external business conditions – especially in those countries that speak your two foreign languages.

You can find more information about what you learn on the programme in the PDF iconCompetence profile for BSc BLC
 

Master’s programmes and career options

The clear majority of students from BSc BLC continue to a two-years master’s programme for a total of five years of study. It is very much the master’s rather than the bachelor programme that determines which career paths that lay open to you.

Most BSc BLC graduates tend to end up in companies or organisations with an international profile – but they work within many different fields of business and/or administration.

Read more about master’s programmes and career options
 

Admission

Grade point average – 2019

8,4

Number of places – 2019

140

Quota 1 / Quota 2 – 2019

70% / 30%

Motivational essay

Yes - see Admission

English

A

Mathematics

B

History or social studies

B

2nd foreign language

Intermediate Level B with at least 6.0 or Beginners Level A with at least 6.0

Read about entry requirements and how to apply at bachelor admission

 

The page was last edited by: Student Affairs // 12/10/2019