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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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    International Business - BBus RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Agricultural Business - International Business - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Business Administration (International Business) - BBA Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,234 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,234 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration - International Business - BBA Florida International University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,566 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,566 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration: International Business - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,736 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in international business

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    Business: International Business - UGDip Centennial College, Canada
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    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,921 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,237 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Business: International Business - PBcDip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,001 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,850 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    International Business - PBcDip California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,868 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    International Business, Advanced Diploma - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,123 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,000 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    International Trade and Co-op - Dip (with placement) Canadian College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,847 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,400 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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Certificate in international business

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    International Business - Cert International School of Management (ISM), Germany

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,571 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,580 EUR

    Start date
    March, September
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Pathway in international business

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,006 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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International business graduate programs

Master's in international business

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    Business Administration - Entrepreneurship & International Business Development - MBA The American Business School of Paris, France

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,959 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,250 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration - International Business Studies, MBA - MBA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,785 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,785 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    International Business - MBA/MIB University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    27,093 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,690 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Business Administration: International Business - MBA University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,630 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,720 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Business Administration: International Business - MBA Lincoln University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 USD

    Start date
    August
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Doctorate in international business

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    Business Administration in International Management - DBA Geneva Business School, Switzerland
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,728 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 CHF

    Start date
    February, September
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    Business Administration: International Business - DBA Lincoln University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in international business

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    Business - International Business - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    International Business - PDip University of Otago, New Zealand
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    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,676 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,056 NZD

    Start date
    February
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    International Business in Hotel and Resort Management - PGDip Swiss Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    38,837 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,700 CHF

    Start date
    November
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    International Business Law - PGDip University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,482 GBP

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    International Business Management - GDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,324 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Certificate in international business

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    International Business - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,178 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,200 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    International Business - PGCert Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,000 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    International Business Law - PGCert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,150 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,741 GBP

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    International Business Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,750 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,022 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    International Business Management (Co-op) - PGCert (with placement) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,490 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,721 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    15,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,200 USD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    International Business Management Pre-Master's Programme - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,078 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, April
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    International Business Management, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,832 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    February, September
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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.