Loader
Course Image

BA in Intercultural Communication and Language with International Experience (Full Time)

Birkbeck, University of London

Bachelor Degree , Communication

Course Description

This programme allows you to study intercultural communication while at the same time improving your fluency in a foreign language. You can choose between French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish and, for most of our languages, you can start the programme at the level of language learning that suits you. Not only will you attain a good level of competence in the language, you will also have a chance to learn about the culture of the language-speaking area, choosing from a range of modules covering literature, film, history, visual culture and philosophy, among other cultural fields.

For the intercultural communication component you will learn about how communication practices differ across cultures and you will also be introduced to communication practices in various international and work-related contexts. You will have the option of focusing either on professional communication or on the mechanics of language structure and use.

The third year is normally spent abroad at a partner institution to allow you to develop your language skills and your knowledge of the culture of the language-speaking area you are studying.

The programme is also available for full-time evening study over three years or for part-time evening study over four years or six years.

This programme allows you to study intercultural communication while at the same time improving your fluency in a foreign language. You can choose between French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish and, for most of our languages, you can start the programme at the level of language learning that suits you. Not only will you attain a good level of competence in the language, you will also...

Read More

Course Content

The programme comprises 420 module credits, of which 180 are normally taken in language/culture and 180 in linguistics and communication; 60 credits are also taken during a year abroad.

You follow one of five language pathways, depending on your level of attainment in your chosen language at entry. There is a minimum language entry requirement for French, German, Italian and Spanish of CEFR level A2 (GCSE or equivalent). Japanese only may be taken from beginner level.

In Year 1, you take two core modules (Approaches to Language and Approaches to Study), one language module and one option module.

In Year 2, you take two core modules (Language and Intercultural Communication and Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts), one language module, and the remaining credits consist of option modules relating to culture, language or linguistics.

In Year 3, you spend a year at a partner institution and earn an equivalent of 60 credits in culture and language.

In Year 4, you choose two core modules (Professional Communication Skills and Intercultural Communication Portfolio OR Investigating Language and Final Year Project), take one language module, and the remaining credits consist of option modules relating to culture, language or linguistics.

YEARS 1 AND 2 CORE MODULES

  • Approaches to Language (Level 4)
  • Approaches to Study
  • Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts
  • Language, Culture, and Communication

YEAR 4 CORE MODULES (CHOOSE TWO)

  • Intercultural Communication Portfolio
  • Investigating Language
  • Linguistics Final Year Project
  • Professional Communication Skills

CULTURE OPTION MODULES

  • Cultural Perspectives on German History
  • Exploring Contemporary Germany (level 6)
  • Film and Politics
  • Imagining France: An Introduction to French Studies
  • Reading the Signs: Text and Image in French Culture
  • Reading Transnational Cultures
  • Rethinking Japan: Introduction to Modern Japanese Society and Culture (Level 5)
  • Spanish Pragmatics
  • Studying the Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and Native American Worlds
  • Theorising Japanese Cinema
  • Understanding Culture: Language and Texts

LINGUISTICS OPTION MODULES

  • Identity in Applied Linguistics Research Level 6
  • Language and media (level 5)
  • Language and media (level 6)
  • Language Teaching Research Level 5
  • Language Teaching Research Level 6
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Individuals Level 5
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Individuals Level 6
  • Psycholinguistics (level 5)
  • Psycholinguistics (level 6)

You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules in the course of your study. Please note that the list of option modules is only indicative and not all modules are available every year. Please check with the programme administrator which option modules are available in each academic year.

If you enter the language pathway at complete beginner or lower-intermediate level the degree awarded will reflect this (eg BA Intercultural Communication with German).

For entry levels from upper intermediate to proficiency the degree awarded will reflect this (eg BA Intercultural Communication and German).

The programme comprises 420 module credits, of which 180 are normally taken in language/culture and 180 in linguistics and communication; 60 credits are also taken during a year abroad. You follow one of five language pathways, depending on your level of attainment in your chosen language at entry. There is a minimum language entry requirement for French, German, Italian and...

Read More

 

Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

There is a minimum language entry requirement for French, German, Italian and Spanish of CEFR level A2 (GCSE or equivalent). Japanese only may be taken from beginner level.

A language placement test will be required for any students who wish to study at a higher level than beginners in their chosen language.

UCAS TARIFF POINTS

104

The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.

FOUNDATION YEAR DEGREES

You can progress onto this degree if you successfully complete the foundation year of our BA Arts and Humanities with Foundation Yearcourse. This is an ideal route onto an undergraduate degree if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree.

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES

We welcome applications from students on Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Credits gained on the Certificate of Higher Education in Culture and Language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) can be counted towards the degree.

YEAR ABROAD

Please note you must make satisfactory progress during Years 1 and 2 of your degree to be eligible for a year abroad. Additionally, the non-UK partner institution may set its own entrance criteria, including, but not limited to, academic criteria, language requirements and visa requirements. In instances where a student does not meet the eligibility criteria for an approved year abroad, their registration may be transferred to the corresponding BA programme pathway without the ‘with International Experience’ designation.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

Please be aware that you will initially be provided with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to study for the first two years of your course while at Birkbeck. During your third year of study at a European institution, you will be required to obtain a visa for that specific country. When you return to the UK to complete your fourth year, Birkbeck will issue you with a second CAS so that you can apply for another Tier 4 visa for your final year. You will therefore need to make a total of three visa applications: two for Birkbeck and one for the European institution.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. There is a minimum language entry requirement for French, German, Italian and Spanish of CEFR level A2 (GCSE or equivalent)....

Read More

Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

Read More