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Business of language

In his letter (NCE 9 July), Tony Bryan mentions trying to decide between a masters degree in business or Spanish. Might I suggest a compromise? Why not take a masters in business at a Spanish university?

Several hours of lectures a day will certainly improve your language skills while you gain a technical education which is likely to be at least as good as that from a British university. European courses are often much less insular than those on offer in Britain and the chance to study different working practices can be enormously beneficial.

Working abroad you are often an outsider and it is only after years of effort that you become accepted into the culture be it socially or at work. By studying at a foreign university you become integrated into the system almost at once and the contacts you make and the insiders view of the industry in that country can be invaluable.

I speak from experience when I say that this is certainly not an easy option but it is an exceptional experience.

Pamela Ballantyne, (G), Sir Robert McAlpine, Eaton Court, Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7TR.

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