The Lauder Business School’s language department is responsible for foreign language instruction (German, Hebrew, Business Russian, Chinese and Spanish) and for the Business and Academic English courses.
Language modules, such as German, Business Russian, Hebrew, Mandarin (Chinese) and Spanish, are taught consecutively in semesters 1-5 and comprise 17% of the entire Study Program. Although intercultural issues are implicitly part of all courses, the modules of Psychology & Philosophy and Languages are explicitly designed to develop intercultural competences. Note: Students are required to choose at least one language.
A language must be selected before the beginning of the first semester. Once selected, a language cannot be dropped or changed in the following semesters. All languages start in the first semester at beginner’s level (except Business Russian, which starts at level A2 according to the standards of European Reference Frame) with the aim to reach an advanced level (according to the standards of European Reference Frame) by the end of the fifth semester. Students have to select a language at beginners level, in special cases accreditation will be given.
A certain language (course) can only be offered if at least 12 students are enrolled.
English, being the language of instruction at LBS, is not considered a foreign language. The Business English course aims at improving writing (e.g. professional and academic writing style) and speaking proficiency on an advanced level (C1 in accordance with the European Reference Frame upon completion of the Bachelor program).
Upon request, we offer intercultural communication classes for executives, academics and diplomats (LBS Executive Programs).
The language department also engages in applied research of learning in intercultural contexts.
This section provides you with insights into our multifaceted work.