University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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Undergraduate courses


Careers and Further Study

International Studies combines the disciplines of history, international relations and politics. With more 400 students, the school delivers a strong multi-discipline programme at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Of the 83 undergraduates who graduated from the school in 2014 and continued onto postgraduate studies, 82% were admitted by world top 100 universities according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings - including Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics. The other graduates found jobs with prominent Chinese and international employers in business and government agencies.

BA International Studies

This degree is the core undergraduate programme in the School of International Studies. Building on the foundation training in Year 1, the core modules in Years 2-4 are designed to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of past and present societies and cultures, especially in Europe, North America and Asia. The Nottingham approach of combining lectures with in-depth interactive seminars develops their intellectual skills, and allows them to practice the transferable skills they will need to perform in the international arena. Globalization has made it more important than ever for young professionals to exhibit a high level of international awareness in the 21st century workplace, whether it be in government organisations, businesses or academic study. The International Studies degree provides the core training they will need to perform to their full potential, by developing the analytical and communication skills increasingly in demand throughout the world today.

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BA International Studies with Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese

The interdisciplinary programme builds on the International Studies degree model to foster an integrated awareness of global forces today combined with extensive language training in Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese. The course covers a wide spectrum from history, politics and international relations to cultural studies and modern languages. This presents a unique opportunity to bring a global perspective to your insight on the structures, dynamics and networks that determine the course of contemporary international affairs. Taking this degree course will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of societies around the world while developing your language skills with particular emphasis on Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese. Not only will the specialised training you receive enhance your cultural awareness and intellectual faculties, but you will have the linguistic ability in Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese necessary to operate confidently in Spain/German/French/Japan/China, Asia or the fast-growing world of Sino-Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese enterprise.

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