Bachelor's degree in International Business Economics

Branch of knowledge Social and legal sciences
Duration Four academic years
Schedule This is a full-time study programme. Students are taught 2 hours of theory and attend a 90-minute seminar per subject per week. The rest of the training process takes place through personal work (each credit corresponds to 25 hours of training). There are 10 teaching weeks in each term.
Academic year From September to June
Fee €1,656.63
Languages All subjects are taught in English. It is essential that students' level of English be equivalent to B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, although passing a specific English language proficiency test is not an admission requirement.
Credits 240 ECTS credits Basic subjects: 60; compulsory subjects: 120; optional subjects (including external internship): 54; bachelor's degree final project: 6
Number of places on programme 90
Venue Ciutadella Campus
Organizer Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences
Application Online at www.accesnet.gencat.cat, from June to July

Why UPF?

  • Our students, who are characterized by a high level of academic achievement and have a markedly international profile (with exchange students from 70 countries), offer tremendous potential for having friends, acquaintances and professional contacts all over the world.
  • Our lecturers, who come from 20 different countries, participate in cutting-edge national and European research. The Department of Economics and Business is consequently renowned as an international standard-setter.
  • Over 50% of our courses are taught in English. The bachelor's degree programme in International Business Economics is particularly notable in that it is taught entirely in English.
  • We offer exchanges with the world's leading universities (a total of 119 institutions annually host 250 of the faculty's students) and numerous internship opportunities (over 300 placements per academic year).
  • The faculty's 5 bachelor's degrees are the most highly rated in Spain in the Indicadores Sintéticos del Sistema Universitario Español 2013 (ISSUE) ranking and El Mundo's Las 50 carreras 2013 ranking. Furthermore, they are in 9th position in Europe according to The Tilburg University Top 100 Worldwide Economics Schools Research Ranking 2008-2012, and 38th position globally according to the QS World University Rankings 2013.

Presentation

Our pledge is to enable every student who opts to take a university degree programme at our faculty to develop their abilities to the full. We thus provide a range of opportunities that motivate students to actively participate in their training and make use of the resources on our virtual campus for self-study purposes.

Objectives

The objective of UPF's bachelor's degree programme in International Business Economics is to give its graduates a special ability to interrelate content, methods and perspectives on the complexity stemming from business and economics in a multicultural context, in response to the need for qualified individuals capable of drawing on well developed analytical skills and a comprehensive international outlook to meet the challenges of business management and administration.

The programme provides students with the knowledge of economics and the skills required to manage the different areas of activity of a business, be it a multinational or a SME.

Using English to teach the entire programme is conducive to graduates being employable anywhere in the world, paving the way for them to develop their career in any kind of company with a focus on global markets.

The programme's graduates will be capable of managing projects within organizations and adapting to economic, socio-political and technological environments of a complex, changing nature.

About the programme

The International Business Economics programme represents UPF's commitment to the internationalization of its bachelor's degree studies, against the backdrop of a society that is increasingly aware of the importance not only of multilingualism but also of multiculturalism. Thus, and thanks to the international nature of the University's teaching staff, all the programme's subjects are taught and assessed in English. Furthermore, students are required to undertake a study period abroad, preferably in an English-speaking country.

The degree programme provides a grounding in aspects of mathematics, statistics, law, history, economics and business, accounting, sales and marketing, strategy and other areas, with an international format and outlook.

Basic and compulsory subjects essential to a knowledge of economics and business, such as Mathematics, Introduction to Company Law and Introduction to Financial Accounting, are taught in the first year of the programme. In the second year, students learn in greater detail about the fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics, probability, statistics, econometrics and financial analysis, among others. In the third and fourth years, students must earn 120 credits through compulsory business subjects and optional economics and business subjects, all with an international focus.

The fourth year includes carrying out a bachelor's degree final project, which has a value of six credits and allows students to demonstrate all the progress they have made.

Tracks

This bachelor's degree programme has no defined tracks, as one of its curriculum's main aims is to allow for maximum flexibility, to which end a significant number of its credits correspond to optional subjects. Students are thus able to broaden their knowledge in whichever fields they wish to specialize in.

Competences to be acquired

Upon completing their training process, all students should have acquired the following competences and be capable of applying them in English:

  • Using economic models of international trade to analyse commercial policies' impact on the main macroeconomic variables.
  • Being familiar with business internationalization mechanisms and the various foreign market entry modes.
  • Evaluating the limitations of and opportunities presented by different foreign markets with a view to making decisions regarding a company's internationalization.
  • Implementing strategies for adapting different product and service marketing and promotion tools to foreign markets.
  • Understanding the limitations of and opportunities presented by transactions with international financial markets.
  • Being aware of the main distinctions between different accounting systems, and of how international accounting standards adapt such systems.
  • Making tax-related decisions regarding residency and locations of sources of income in an international business context, and evaluating their impact on a company's management and results.
  • Applying acquired knowledge flexibly and creatively, and adapting it to new situations.
  • Understanding microeconomic strategies and their implications for management.
  • Establishing and maintaining a network of professional contacts for taking advantage of synergies and opportunities.

Internships

Internships are optional. They can take place in the third or fourth year, and have a value of 14 credits. International Business Economics students who undertake external internships must do so abroad.

Periods abroad

One of this bachelor's degree programme's distinguishing features is that it is compulsory for students to undertake a study period abroad, preferably in an English-speaking country. The credits a student obtains (a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40) during such a period may be deemed to correspond to optional subjects or, if recognized beforehand, to compulsory third and fourth-year subjects.

Graduate career prospects

  • International investment and finance consultant
  • International market advisor
  • Tax advisor
  • Auditor
  • Business consultant
  • Sales director and expert in marketing
  • International project evaluator
  • Expert in international accounting
  • Company manager and director
  • Consultant to European and international bodies
  • Specialist in human resources and knowledge management
  • System analyst and administrator, public sector management and non-profit institutions
  • Expert in international logistics
  • Sales manager
  • Sales and marketing director
  • Specialist in international business management and administration
  • Specialist in international taxation
  • Member of European civil service or personnel of international bodies