International Business and Strategy - Bachelor of Business

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

Driven by disruptive changes in technology, policy and globalisation, today’s dynamic business environment presents new challenges and opportunities. In New Zealand, international trade accounts for two thirds of total economic activity, multinationals dominate business, and many SMEs are internationalising early.

International business and strategy focuses on the key skills to manage successfully in this environment, from working across different cultures and in diverse teams, to creating value through analytical and conceptual thinking, and managing innovation.


This is part of the Bachelor of Business.

Part 1

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

Bachelor of Business

And complete the following paper

You also choose minor or elective papers depending on your chosen minor(s).

Part 2

You gain an understanding of the international business environment, trade policies and internationalisation strategies, analyse business from cultural perspectives, engage in strategic planning and analytics, and examine disruption and innovation.

Papers may include

Part 3

Workplace experience

The capstone project 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, start your own venture or complete an applied project, bringing together your learning and gaining valuable experience.

Recent placements included:

  • Grant Thornton
  • 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

Current students looking for specific requirements for business majors should refer to Blackboard.

  • Manager
  • Team leader
  • Export manager
  • International account manager
  • International project manager
  • International sales representative
  • Management consultant or business analyst
  • Working with government agencies, councils or industry associations
  • 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 and strategy 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
Nadia Liebert
Montana Northcroft

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