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Intercultural Communication and Business

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)




The Bachelor's programme Intercultural Communication and Business starts in the winter semester 2020/21. The programme combines a foreign language as a main subject, a second business language and also imparts knowledge in economics and business law.

This programme is an extension and consolidation of the previous programme "Modern Foreign Languages, Cultures and Business". The new course of study is particularly distinguished by the fact that the economics section has been redesigned and a labour law focus has been added. Intercultural (business) communication functions as a link between business and languages, which prepares students in particular for the demands of a globalised and transnational working life.

What you should bring along

You should have an interest in the scientific study of languages, their development and the cultural areas in which these languages are spoken. The economics minor subjects demand analytical thinking and good mathematical understanding.

Composition of the study programme

Composition of the study programme

Composition of the study programme

The study programme consists of:

  • a foreign language major (80 CP + Bachelor thesis 10 CP)
  • another business language (20 CP)
  • the minor subject economic (48 CP), as well as
  • Modules in business law (12 CP)


An internship and/or project (10 CP) prepares students for the professional world, a semester abroad is firmly planned. 

The programme qualifies students for tasks in internationally operating companies and cultural institutions.

Foreign language major

In the foreign language major, you will deal with literary and cultural studies as well as linguistic topics. The aspect of intercultural communication is of particular importance.
The following foreign language main subjects are offered:

  • Anglophone Studies
  • French studies / French
  • Spanish studies / Spanish
  • Portuguese studies / Portuguese
  • Russian studies / Russian

Second business language

The following second business languages are offered:

  • English
  • French
  • Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Czech
  • Ukrainian

Students choose two languages, one language as their main subject and another language as their second business language. The second business language must not be identical to the main subject chosen.
The practical language modules can be completed with a UNIcert® examination. This is a standardised, internationally recognised language certificate, which provides proof of foreign language skills acquired during studies and at work.

Minor subject economics

The minor subject Economics consists of compulsory and optional modules in the fields of Business Administration, Economics and Statistics. In addition, there are two modules in business law from the areas of public law, private law and labour law.



Commencement of studies

only in the winter semester

Admission requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualification (= Abitur or comparable qualification), Fachhochschule entrance qualification, master craftsman's examination, higher education entrance qualification for professionally qualified persons. More...
  • Proof of internship (pre-study internship) is not required.
  • Please note that applicants with a foreign higher education entrance qualification are also required to provide proof of German language skills. More...

Language requirements

For the main subjects Anglophone Studies/English, Hispanic Studies/Spanish and French Studies/French, a proof of language proficiency must be submitted before the start of the programme, at the latest when enrolling. Please read the relevant information on the required language skills carefully and, if necessary, contact the Central Student Advisory Service .


Application / Enrolment

The intake capacity of this degree programme is not limited.
The application for the winter semester 2020/21 must be received by the Registrar's Office of the University of Giessen by September 30, 2020. Application portal

Please note that deadline extensions can be decided for degree programmes with no intake limitation. These are published in the application portal.

Different rules may apply to international applicants. More...

Please note:
This year, other application and enrolment deadlines may apply.
Please refer to this page for information on the deadlines.


Career options

Career options

Further studies at the JLU

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor's degree, the following consecutive Master's programmes can be studied at JLU:


Occupational fields

As a graduate of the programme Intercultural Communication and Business (ICB) you will qualify for various international fields of activity in a wide range of public and private institutions. There are various activities in which language, (intercultural) communication and/or economic aspects are important. This can be in the field of international business, trade and public administration (e.g. foreign trade, sales, human resources, customer service, international project planning, public relations, marketing), but also in the field of culture, the media industry and the further education sector up to activities in science, journalism, tourism or publishing.

At the same time, the Bachelor's programme Intercultural Communication and Business (ICB) is the basis for the subsequent Master's programme of the same name, which further deepens the relevant skills and prepares students for further career entry opportunities.


Career paths of graduates

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Study counseling

Study guidance


Romance Studies

Contact persons at the Institute for Romance Studies
Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21 G, 35394 Giessen

English Studies

Contact persons at the Institute for English Studies
Philosophikum I, Haus B, Otto-Behaghel-Strasse 10, 35394 Giessen


Contact persons at the Institute for Sociology
Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21 E, 35394 Giessen

Political Science

Contact persons at the Institute for Political Science
Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21 E, 35394 Giessen


Contact persons at the Institute for Philosophy
Rathenaustrasse 8, 35394 Giessen


Contact persons at the Institute for History
Philosophikum I C/E/G, 35394 Giessen

Art history

Contact persons at the Institute for Art history
Philosophikum I, Haus G, Otto-Behaghel-Strasse 10, 35394 Giessen

Commercial Law

Contact persons at the Insitute of Law

Licher Strasse 60, 35394 Giessen

Central Study Advisory Service
Central Study Service 2

Directions and reception of study service