Bachelor in Applied Foreign Languages

Programme duration :3 years
Delivery language :French
Degree awarded :Bachelor in Applied Foreign Languages
Accreditation :The curriculum follows the European ECTS system and the degree is awarded by Sorbonne University in Paris. This degree is officially accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.
Deadline to apply :TBA

The Bachelor in Applied Foreign Languages is designed to educate students to meet the needs of major international and local corporations to overcome modern-day business challenges by offering a dual qualification in languages and management.

The objective of the degree is for students to gain a fundamental understanding of finance, business administration, marketing, human resource management as well as international business law to understand and interpret complex international legal issues and documents. At the end of the three-years of study, students will have a sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of management (International Marketing, Financial Management, Information Technology and Law) as well as an intimate understanding of multicultural environments through in depth study of two languages and global civilisations.

During the first and second years, heavy emphasis is placed on languages, computer skills, law, geography and economics. During the final year, students will focus their studies on cross-cultural management, financial management, international marketing management, economics and legal issues.

Currently, the LEA department offers six languages including Arabic, English, German, Italian, Spanish, and French with the latter being the main language of instruction for bachelor courses. Mastering several languages enables students to establish better networking opportunities with business partners and opens opportunities for further studies and careers abroad. Every year, approximately 50 internships are offered to students at various organisations to build their professional experience. Three to four week language internships are organised in France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Students will gain a fundamental understanding of finance, business administration, marketing, human resource management as well as international business law to understand and interpret complex international legal issues and documents. Students will study subjects including economics to analyse local and international economic issues as well as IT, data collection, research and survey methodologies. Through assignments and interactive sessions with their peers, students will refine their interpersonal and communication skills for business. Through courses on civilisation and cross-cultural management, students will gain in-depth understanding of diverse cultural and historical backgrounds with a specific emphasis on multi-cultural management. The programme faculty are all internationally renowned professors whose teaching methodology goes beyond the traditional forms of teaching to ensure a balanced and well-rounded learning experience. Seminars are hosted by working professionals who share their experiences with students. During the degree programme, students will examine real life case studies, attend corporate workshops on campus and partake in corporate internships. There will be ample international exposure through linguistic field trips in Europe, the Sorbonne University Summer University and exchange programmes.

By the end of the programme, students will have gained dual skills in both languages and management and improved their business vocabulary in their chosen language and acquire fluent multilingual skills in three international languages including English and French with either German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic or Chinese.

The Bachelor in Applied Foreign Languages offers abundant career opportunities in diverse fields including Assistant Manager or managerial levels in companies such as Etihad, Emirates, Air France and Siemens and international institutions like the United Nations. Furthermore, this degree provides access to numerous Master programmes worldwide due to the multilingual capabilities of students, which enables students to study in leading universities overseas.

First Year

  • Law
  • Business communication, writing and analytic skills
  • European, USA and UK civilisation
  • Language 1 – English or French
  • Language 2 – Spanish, German, Italian or Arabic
  • Introduction to economic concepts
  • Optional language: German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Italian
  • Linguistic Trip abroad: 3 weeks in France, Italy, Spain or Germany
  • IT applied to business (Word, Excel, C2I)
  • Sports

Second Year

  • International public law
  • Macro-economics and economic development
  • Business economics and accounting
  • Business communication, writing and analytic skills
  • Language 1: English or French
  • Language 2: Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic
  • Civilisation 1: English and American civilisation or French civilisation
  • Civilisation 2: Spanish or Latin American, German, Italian or Arabic civilisations
  • Optional language: German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Italian
  • Linguistic Trip abroad: 3 weeks in France, Italy, Spain or Germany

Third Year

  • International business law
  • International economics
  • Financial management
  • Marketing
  • International business
  • Business communication, writing and analytic skills
  • Language 1: English or French
  • Language 2: Spanish, German, Italian or Arabic
  • Advanced business terminology and communication (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian or Arabic)
  • Economy and business environment (Spain and Latin America, Germany, Italy, or Arabic and Muslim regions)
  • Language certifications (DELE for Spanish, Zertifikat for German, CILS for Italian and DELF for French and CIMA for Arabic)
  • Corporate internships: 2 months, internship report and defense
  • Optional language: German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Italian
  • Sports

Note: Languages and optional courses are subject to changes and depend on the number of registered students.

To be eligible for this Bachelor’s degree, students must have the following:

  • French Baccalaureate with a minimum final average of 12/20 or High School Diploma with a minimum 80% average (or equivalent)*
  • French Aptitude Certificate: minimum score of B2 level (accepted certificates: DU issued by Sorbonne University, DELF, TEF, TCF and SELFEE). Students with a French Baccalaureate are exempted from the language proficiency exam**

* Students not meeting this requirement may be accepted following a review of high school subject results, supporting exams score and a student’s personal statement.

** Students not meeting the required French Aptitude Certificate will be admitted conditionally in the programme, and enrolled in the Foundation Year in Intensive French. Upon its successful completion, they will be admitted into the bachelor degree programme.

Other Countries Education’s Systems

Conditions apply on other foreign curriculums according to the admission’s policy set by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Please contact the Student Recruitment office by email: admissions@sorbonne.ae for more details.

Programme tuition fees (over 3 years):
AED 215,100 (approximately US$ 58,615)
Payment of fees:
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Scholarships*

HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Scholarship for Emirati students

Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers’ are awarded a full scholarship covering tuition and study related fees for their Bachelor Programmes (and Foundation year, if any)

Current high school students may apply through NAPO, whereas the graduates of previous years can apply on the Apply Now page.

Academic Excellence Scholarships (for the 1st semester of enrolment)

• 15% scholarship on tuition for the 1st semester of joining

New joiners with excellent academic results in high school are eligible following the below criteria. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

  • Government schools: 90% in the advanced stream, or 95% in the general stream.
  • American system: CGPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 or minimum average of 90%.
  • British system: “A” grade or higher in three “AS-Level” subjects or “A” in the equivalent “A-Level” Subjects, plus “B” grade or higher in six O level subjects.
  • SABIS: minimum average of 85%.
  • International Baccalaureate: IB diploma with minimum score of 5 out of 7 in all courses – three of those subjects must be higher-level courses.
  • French Baccalaureate: minimum average of 14 out of 20.

Academic Excellence Scholarship (starting from the 2nd semester of enrolment)

• 25%-75% Academic Excellence Scholarship

Based on the academic results obtained during the previous semester at SUAD, students are eligible to the academic excellence scholarship granted semester by semester. The scholarship scheme is progressive (25% to 75% and the minimum average grade to be eligible is 12/20. A specific scholarship is available for the 2nd semester of the Foundation Year. For more information, please contact admissions@sorbonne.ae

Other Scholarships

10% French Curriculum Schools Scholarship for the 1st semester of enrolment

Students holding a French baccalaureate obtained in one of the GCC countries are eligible for a 10% discount for their first semester. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

Sponsored scholarships

Total, Chalhoub and Ardian Foundation, offer specific scholarships based on academic excellence and/or financial circumstances to selected students.

The deadline for submitting an application is communicated by University email each semester to all enrolled students. Applications are submitted via the online application form. Incomplete and late applications will not be assessed.

Scholarships can’t be combined. For more information, please contact admissions@sorbonne.ae

Preferential rate: 10% Family discount

Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programme are eligible for a 10% discount.

*Conditions apply

For more information, please contact:

The Career Centre
Tel: +971 (0) 2 656 9104/9342
Email: careercentre@sorbonne.ae