BSc in Business, Language and Culture

The BSc in Business, Language and Culture will give you knowledge about international business conditions and the cultural, economic and social differences that companies need to understand to do business in foreign markets. You will also gain language skills in German, French or Spanish.

Globalisation is connecting businesses and organisations all over the world. Managers and specialists do not only need to be skilled in economics and business administration; they also have to be able to understand and deal effectively with cultural differences and diversity.

When business meets culture
The programme focuses on the intercultural aspects of internationalisation. You will learn about the differences and similarities between cultures – and how to handle the challenges that cultural differences create in a business context.

You will learn to look critically at modern business practice and problems, and understand how globalisation affects the way in which companies and organisations operate in and across different international regions.

The BSc BLC will, in addition to intercultural competencies, provide you with a broad understanding of business administration. You will learn how to identify and solve business and organisational challenges that transgress national, regional, cultural and linguistic borders. You will also learn how to handle communication challenges both internally within the company and with the external environment. You will furthermore gain an insight into the fields of international economics, finance, statistics, strategy and accounting.

Doing business in an international setting
You will explore the business settings, language and culture of two language areas. The first area is Britain and the United States, while the second depends on the language you have chosen to study: German, Spanish or French. The areas are not only Germany, Spain and France, but also parts of Latin America and Africa, respectively.

You are presented with the economic, political, historical and cultural aspects of your two language areas – and how these factors have shaped business structures and practice.

Hands-on international experience
During your fifth semester, you will go to a CBS partner university in a region in which your chosen second language is spoken (German, Spanish or French). The language and area studies in your second foreign language will be concentrated on the first four semesters so you will already have a solid language and culture foundation when you go on exchange.

Language comprehension
In the BSc BLC programme, you will have special courses taught in your chosen second foreign language, that is, courses taught in German, French or Spanish. These courses are called ’Area Studies’ and have two dimensions: content and language.

The content dimension refers to gaining knowledge of the social, historical, political and economic aspects of the countries with your chosen foreign language. This will increase your nation-specific knowledge and your cultural understanding.

The aim of the language dimension is to improve your grammar skills, pronunciation and language fluency. Developing listening and comprehension skills will also be of top priority, as these are needed to make course presentations and participate in class discussions.

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:

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


Grade point average – 2019


Number of places – 2019


Quota 1 / Quota 2 – 2019

70% / 30%

Motivational essay

Yes - see Admission





History or social studies


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


Sidst opdateret: Student Affairs // 24/10/2019