BA (Hons) Languages and Intercultural Communication with Tourism Management

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Develop your foreign language skills and explore intercultural business with tourism management. With one-year study abroad, you’ll be prepared for a global business career.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

Mastering one or more foreign languages will place you a step ahead in the global business market. 

This course allows you to study French, German, Spanish or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and gain intercultural business and tourism management skills to prepare you for business in the global environment.

You’ll study overseas to further develop your language skills and gain valuable experience to enhance your career prospects.

As well as your study of languages, you'll study cultural diversity and the business contexts of global current affairs.


Your language skills will be developed through spoken and written communication, role-plays and presentations, including business presentation and negotiation.

You’ll gain a good understanding of intercultural theory and its applications.

You'll also study Tourism, in particular its international aspects, that integrates perfectly with the rest of your course to enhance your employment opportunities.

You’ll study abroad for one year at one of our partner institutions, gaining valuable personal and professional experience while refining your language skills, with the aim to achieve fluency for business purposes.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study. You’ll spend  one year studying abroad.

What you study

Below you'll find an indication of the subjects you may study.

Year 1

  • Language A
  • Language B   
  • Introduction to International Hospitality, Tourism & Events
  • Intercultural and Organisational Management    

Year 2

  • Language A
  • Language B or An Introduction to Chinese Culture and Language    
  • Tourism Impacts
  • Language B or Intercultural Competence through Mandarin
  • Exploring Culture

Year 3

  • One Year Study Abroad

Year 4

  • Language A   
  • International Destination Management
  • Dissertation
  • Intercultural Dialogue through Translation   

Your main language (English as a Foreign Language, French, German or Spanish) must be studied throughout the course. Your period of study abroad will take place in a country in which your main language is spoken.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

As a graduate with proficiency in one or more foreign languages you’ll be equipped for a career all over the world.

You may be based in the UK dealing with overseas clients and partners, or take up a position abroad in an area such as:

  • marketing
  • management
  • tourism
  • export
  • international development

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBC to include grade B in the language to be studied.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC to include grade B in the language to be studied.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC to include the language to be studied.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level to include the language to be studied and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include the language to be studied and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

A Level grade C in the language to be studied.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include grade 5 in the language to be studied.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include the language to be studied.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £11,950 £12,350