English and International Business


The interdisciplinary BA English and International Business programme offers academic subjects related to English and language studies and courses on international business. The aim is to produce graduates who not only understand how international business works but also have an excellent command of languages and a critical awareness of the use of languages in business and professional contexts.

The English side offers three pathways (you will choose one to pursue): the Linguistics pathway, the Literature pathway, and the Interpreting and Translation pathway. Regarding the other side, i.e., International Business, you will study marketing and international management alongside students in XJTLU’s International Business School Suzhou (IBSS).

Why should I study English and International Business?

  • Gain critical insights into key knowledge in international business studies
  • Learn marketing, management and economics, extending your knowledge of business-related management methods
  • Use your insights into how language works in different cultures and work-settings to improve work relations and work efficiency
  • Have specialised knowledge in both English studies and international business — an ability highly valued by employers
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.
Qualification,University of Liverpool,BA English and International Business

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BA English and International Business programme, you will have:

  • Specialised knowledge in Linguistics/Literature/Translation & Interpreting, as well as practical understanding of international business such as international markets and ethical problems facing international organisations
  • The ability to use English sophisticatedly in the context of international business and finance
  • Insights into how language works in a wide range of social, literary, or business and commercial contexts
  • Sharpened awareness of how languages may be used in multicultural work-places
  • The ability to evaluate the application of international business theories within private, public, large and small business sectors.

A degree in English and International Business will be an excellent investment in your future as it opens up your career opportunities in a globalised yet culturally diversified business world. It will empower you with cultural sensitivity, global business perspectives, and -an expanded worldview, all of which are critical to become an engaged world citizen.

Hong Liu

Programme director


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University offers a wide range of courses in the first year, including English for academic purposes (EAP), mathematics and physics, and humanities and social sciences. Click to learn more.

This programme develops critical thinking skills to look beyond disciplinary boundaries between business and linguistics. It allows me to synthesise ideas and explore topics from multiple perspectives. Interdisciplinary knowledge leads me to embrace greater creativity and open-mindedness. They are beneficial to my career and my life.

Shuyang Xu

Student, BA English and International Business


Graduates from this programme will be well-prepared for positions such as administrative and managerial positions in the financial sector, working for international organisations or civil services in China, international school teachers, literature translators or conference interpreters. Our graduates in the past have chosen to pursue a variety of postgraduate programmes (e.g. International Management, Marketing, Education, Social or Culture Studies, English Literature, or Applied Linguistics) in prestigious institutions all over the world such as Cambridge, Oxford, King's College London, Warwick Business School, LSE, University of Sydney, Hong Kong University, or University of Toronto.

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