Bachelor of Business - International Business major

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International business covers cross-border trade, international investment and offshore sourcing. Because of the dynamism of world markets and the rise of large emerging markets like China, India, Brazil and Russia, international businesses face unprecedented opportunities and challenges. The International Business major is a great foundation if you’re interested in a global career. Overseas experience is key – as part of your degree you study overseas for a semester or complete your workplace experience abroad.

You develop an understanding of international business, focusing on economic, political and cultural perspectives and the operation of businesses across boundaries. Explore how and why the world economy is changing, what these changes mean for business thinking and strategy, and what New Zealand will need to do to prosper in this new world.

  • Prepares you for the opportunities and challenges of the changing business world and emerging new markets
  • Contemporary approach: covers today’s key issues including cross-cultural leadership, business in new international markets and new ways of doing business
  • Overseas experience: you must either study overseas for a full semester or complete your co-operative education with an organisation overseas
  • Real business experience through an applied business project or a industry placement (recent placements included New Zealand Customs Service, the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Spain, , ATS Pacific Fiji and Chrisco hampers (Sydney, Australia))
  • Choice of papers that cover conducting business in different markets, such as Europe or Asia
  • Guest speakers from leading overseas universities and New Zealand companies that are active in foreign markets
  • Department has strong links with organisations such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, American Chamber of Commerce or UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
  • The AUT Business School is among an elite group of 5% of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

More information about the Bachelor of Business

Structure and content

Part One
Papers in part 1 provide you with an introduction to the roles of business and fundamental concepts in business disciplines. You complete 5 core papers in part 1 which are:

  • Business in Context (30 points)
  • Management and Organisation (15 points)
  • Accounting for Decision Making (15 points)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (15 points)
  • Economic Principles I (15 points)

In addition to the 5 core papers you choose 2 elective papers from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university:

  • Economic Principles 2 (15 points)
  • Introduction to Finance (15 points).
  • Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales: Positioning in an Omni Environment (15 points)
  • Business Information Systems (15 points)
  • Design for Business (15 points)
  • Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise (15 points)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (15 points) 

Part Two
Over the next two years, you gain an understanding of the international business environment, analyse business from cultural perspectives, review trade policies, and explore how businesses operate across boundaries.

Part Three
Workplace experience (Co-operative Education) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice in New Zealand or overseas. You apply what you’ve learnt in a real-world business, not-for-profit organisation, entrepreneurial venture or through an applied project, which is a supervised research project.

Recent placements included:

  • ATS Pacific Fiji
  • Chrisco Hampers (Sydney, Australia)
  • Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Spain
  • New Zealand Customs Service

For further information about Co-operative Education

Papers (90 POINTS)

Level Six:

ECON604 Business and the Macroeconomic Environment
INTB601 Business and Culture
INTB602 International Business Environment


Level Seven:

INTB704 International Business Management
INTB705 Global Business: Inventing the Modern World

Select Two:

ACCT705 International Accounting
ECON706 Growth and Development Economics

FINA701 International Corporate Finance
HRMG703 International Human Resource Management
INTB701 International Business Strategy
INTB702 Leadership Challenges in International Business
INTB703 Contemporary Issues in International Business
MGMT703 Strategic Management
POLS781 International Relations

Related programmes

Please visit our AUT Postgraduate Business Qualifications page to view our range of postgraduate programmes.

Career opportunities 

  • Export manager
  • International account manager
  • International project manager
  • International sales representative
  • Management consultant
  • National or regional trade development advisor
  • Overseas buyer
  • Policy and research advisor
  • Regional marketing manager

Graduate and students of business

Last updated: 20-Jul-2017 2.39pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.