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Study international business abroad

An in-depth guide to studying international business as an international student.

International business degrees abroad

International business is the study of how business and trade operates across global borders. You’ll draw upon topics like economics, marketing and international relations to learn about how global markets work.

By completing a program in international business, you’ll develop a detailed understanding of how business is conducted in different countries and cultures. You’ll also examine how markets and business management practices have been impacted by the increased connectedness of the world.

Studying abroad is a unique opportunity to observe international business in motion. Seeing first-hand how business concepts and practices differ between countries and cultures will equip you with the knowledge, skills and adaptability required to succeed in the field.

International business program structure

International business is a global subject which is taught all over the world. The exact structure and content of your course will, therefore, depend on the country and institution.

A BSc in international business is usually taught over three to four years and will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the field. It’s also possible to study an MA in international business over one or two years, and even a PhD which can take anywhere between four and seven years to complete.

If you choose to study in the US, you’ll follow the liberal arts model of education. This means that you’ll complete two years of general education before beginning your specialist international business education in your final two years of study.

Many universities will encourage you to study international business alongside a foreign language. This will help you to effectively communicate with business professionals who do not speak your native language.

Most international business programs are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent study. On some programs, you’ll be required to complete an internship with a business operating in the international marketplace so that you can gain real, hands-on experience.

International business programs will be assessed differently depending on the institution, but you’ll probably be expected to complete a mixture of exams, coursework and presentations. Here’s a list of core international business modules that are common across most programs:

  • The global business environment
  • Globalization
  • Quantitative methods for business
  • Principles of marketing
  • Business law
  • Global business issues
  • Global strategic management

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International business study abroad programs

International business undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in international business

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    Business Administration: International Business - BA Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,120 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    International Management with Specialization in International Relations - BBA Geneva Business School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,900 CHF
    Start date
    February, September
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    International Business - BBA IFM University, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,500 CHF
    Start date
    March, October
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    Business Administration - International Business - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    International Cultural Studies (International Business) - BA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Certificate in international business

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    Foundations of International Business - Cert Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 month
    Tuition fees per year
    1,150 EUR
    Start date
    July, August
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Diploma in international business

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    International Business, Advanced Diploma - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,000 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Business Administration – International Business - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Pathway in international business

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    Law with International Business (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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International business graduate programs

Master's in international business

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    International Business - MBA Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,912 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration: International Business - MBA Lincoln University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,000 USD
    Start date
    August
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    MBA: Concentration in International Business - MBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,600 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    International Management with a specialization in International Management - MIM Geneva Business School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    33,900 CHF
    Start date
    February, September
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    International Business - MBA IFM University, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    9 months
    Tuition fees per year
    33,500 CHF
    Start date
    March, October
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Doctorate in international business

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    Business Administration: International Business - DBA Lincoln University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,000 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration in International Management - DBA Geneva Business School, Switzerland | Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,700 CHF
    Start date
    February, September
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Diploma in international business

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    International Business - PDip University of Otago, New Zealand | Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    31,056 NZD
    Start date
    February
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    Business - International Business - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    International Business in Hotel and Resort Management - PGDip Swiss Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    35,700 CHF
    Start date
    November
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Certificate in international business

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    International Business - PGCert Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,000 USD
    Start date
    January, May
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    International Business - GradCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    20,500 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    International Business Management - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, July, September
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    International Business Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,022 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    International Business Management - PGCert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,457 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in international business

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    International Business (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,200 USD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    International Business Management, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,500 GBP
    Start date
    February, September
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    International Business Management with Entrepreneurship Pre-Master's Programme - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    9,500 GBP
    Start date
    January, April
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Future international business careers

As an international business graduate, you’ll have the tools to kickstart your career anywhere in the world. Since most successful businesses now need to operate across borders, employers are always on the lookout for international business graduates who have the attributes needed to excel in a globalized world. You’ll be well placed to achieve success in any of the following roles:

  • Business analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Business advisor
  • Sales executive
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Financial trader

Most universities will host business networking events with employers. These are a great opportunity to make connections and secure work-experience placements so that you can stand out when it comes to applying for graduate roles.