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Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBBN

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
088328D

Key features

  • Establish an international career and understand the challenges of micro-organisations and large multinationals.
  • Choose from specialisation courses in economics and finance, marketing or politics.
  • Learn about working with state-owned enterprises and different political systems.
  • Complete an optional internship or experiential elective and participate in a business simulation project.
  • Enhance your skills by learning an additional language – French, Italian, Japanese or English (as a second language).
  • The University of South Australia’s Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings 2017.

1 UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 169 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.

Snapshot

Snapshot

A UniSA business degree with a specialisation in international business will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed on the world stage.

In your studies you’ll focus on many different business types, from micro-organisations to large multinationals and high-growth organisations. You’ll develop the skills and the professional perspective to navigate the challenges these organisations face in their everyday business operations. You will also learn about operating across different socio-economic and institutional environments, working with state-owned enterprises, and juggling many and varied political systems.

Employers look for graduates who can apply theory to real industry challenges. During your degree you will access career-focused electives and internships in industry, building your confidence and getting valuable industry experience.

Why Bachelor of Business (International Business)

Why this Degree

With an International Business specialisation, the options for enriching your study experiences are extensive. You’ll tailor your studies through a choice of specialisations (Economics and Finance, Marketing, or Politics), and if you decide to learn an additional language you’ll increase your employability even further.

You can choose to incorporate real-world international experience into your studies with a student exchange. You can also gain practical experience through an optional internship or experiential elective; participate in a business simulation project; and work with a business career mentor. Our degrees are highly flexible and you can fast track your studies with our exciting summer and winter schools.

Real-world connections

Get on the road to global citizenship with a student exchange program. We have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options range from two weeks to one year.

The Business Career Mentor Program helps you build your industry networks and your career. In 2016 we matched over 190 students with business mentors. The six-month program runs from March every year. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

There are many global career paths for an International Relations expert to aspire to – your career will depend on your specialisation. You could consider careers such as:

  • Public relations specialist: working with organisations and individuals to build and maintain a positive image; developing and implementing PR campaigns; combining international communication skills with local know-how
  • Import/export coordinator: understanding domestic and world economies; customer service; acting as a point of communication between national and international stakeholders; arranging shipments, administering orders, pricing and invoice management
  • Foreign services officer: promoting and protecting a country’s interests and citizens overseas; responsibilities can be political, commercial or consular, such as: monitoring political and economic developments in other countries, assisting citizens who are overseas, processing visa applications

Industry facts

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Employment for business administration managers in Australia is projected to increase by 18,200 (12.3 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Australia’s two way trade in goods and services was worth nearly $670 billion in 2015-16 — a vital component of our economic prosperity1.

1Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Trade, investments and economic statistics

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In 2015 there were more than 2.1 million businesses trading in Australia1.

1ABS, 2016

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The degree starts with core courses in business. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals such as economics and accounting, business operations, and intelligence. You will take courses in your specialisation in economics and finance, marketing, or politics.

You will also take courses that reflect the truly international focus of this degree such as International Political Economy and Human Development, and International Management Ethics and Values.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practicals and team-based projects
  • participation in the workplace and in class

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
Accounting Principles for Business Decisions ACCT 1009 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5
The Social World SOCU 1003 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
International Political Economy and Human Development POLI 2026 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Specialisation 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Specialisation 4.5 Rule(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
International Management Ethics and Values BUSS 3053 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Specialisation 4.5 Rule(s): 1
International and Comparative Human Resource Management BUSS 3025 4.5
World Trade Law LAWS 3073 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,4
Schedule for students awarded 36 units of block credit Note(s): 3
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
The Social World SOCU 1003 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
International Political Economy and Human Development POLI 2026 4.5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
Specialisation 4.5 Rule(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
International Management Ethics and Values BUSS 3053 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,4
Specialisation 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Specialisation 4.5 Rule(s): 1
World Trade Law LAWS 3073 4.5
International and Comparative Human Resource Management BUSS 3025 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5

I have over 30 years of business-linked experience in Australia and internationally and a long held commitment to achieving wider business literacy in the community, evidenced through my teaching and consultancies such as co-writing the South Australian Year 12 Accounting curriculum. As the Bachelor of Business Program Director, I assist students to succeed in the Business School's exciting selection of industry relevant undergraduate degree majors offered in both Australia and Hong Kong.

Mr Stan Astachnowicz

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

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How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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