International Business - Bachelor of Business

Want a global career? Study international business as part of the Bachelor of Business degree.

Managing intensifying competition driven by globalisation and technology is the key driver for the future success of countries, companies and individuals. The pace of this change is having profound effects across the economy. In New Zealand, international trade accounts for two thirds of total economic activity, and many sectors export most of their stock. International business focuses on understanding, navigating and succeeding in this increasingly complex environment.


This is part of the Bachelor of Business.

Part 1

You complete five core papers - refer to the Bachelor of Business overview.

Bachelor of Business

And choose two of the following papers

You also choose two elective papers from the list below, or from elsewhere at AUT:

Part 2

You gain an understanding of the international business environment, analyse business from cultural perspectives, review trade policies, and explore how businesses operate across boundaries.

Papers may include

Part 3

Workplace experience is the final part of your degree and takes place in your final semester. You can choose to work in an organisation of your choice or complete an applied project, bringing together your learning and gaining valuable experience.

Recent co-operative education placements included:

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

Workplace experience in the Bachelor of Business

Skills you will develop

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

Graduate Profile

  • 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

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

International Business Careers

Key features
  • Sets the foundation for a global career
  • Overseas experience: study overseas for a semester or complete your workplace experience abroad
  • International business is of huge importance in the evolving business world
See yourself as
  • Able to embrace situations outside your comfort zone
  • Having strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to accommodate differences in other people
Lucian Simmons
Sena Shimotsuma
Gemma Keay

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