International Experience

Undergraduate Programme

For many years Aston Business School has offered international experience to its students on undergraduate programmes. All students on the International Business & Modern Languages degree undertake a work and/or study placement in a French, German or Spanish speaking country.

Additionally, a number of single honours and combined honours students undertake international work placements link to work placement page arranged through partnerships with institutions in other countries or through the Placements Office.

Aston also has a large number of agreements with international partnerinstitutions allowing students to study in another country as part of their degree. Within Europe both outgoing and incoming students are able to gain ECTS (European Credit Transfer Scheme) credits towards their home qualifications. In some cases they also have the opportunity to obtain a qualification from the host institution either at the end of their 'year abroad' or by returning later to complete their studies. Some academic exchanges may also involve the receiving institution providing a work placement (internship) for part, or all, of the period abroad, which is becoming a more common arrangement with the demand for such placements increasing.

Postgraduate Programme

The postgraduate programme recruits a large number of international students and in recent years almost forty countries outside the United Kingdom have been represented on the MBA and MSc programmes. Many of these international students return to their home countries in order to conduct their projects or dissertations.

Increasingly, the postgraduate programme is also offering the opportunity for students to undertake some of their studies in one of our partner institutions. These links with international partners also provide a basis for short study visits by groups of students. Some visits in recent years have been based in Copenhagen, Vienna, Nice, Barcelona and Mexico. To complement attracting international students to study in Birmingham, Aston is pursuing a strategy of providing high quality delivery of its programmes in collaboration with selected international partners.


The research goal of ABS is to be one of the leading international centres for research in business and management issues. Much of the research at ABS is, by its nature, international in conception, execution and impact.

Links are encouraged between researchers at Aston and their counterparts abroad. To facilitate these the research groups and centres at ABS provide the opportunities for visiting scholars, international research collaboration, and finance research visits to overseas institutions and colleagues. Many members have close research links with colleagues in foreign institutions and a large number of research projects are conducted in collaboration with institutions and individuals from outside the UK.

The Research Degrees Programme of the Business School has approximately one third international (non-EU) students enrolled for PhD, DBA and MSc by Management Research. A number of doctoral students are undertaking their research in other countries on a distance-learning basis, while others based at Aston choose to undertake some of their fieldwork abroad. Opportunities also exist for doctoral researchers to spend a period based in an international partner institution.