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. If you study international business and strategy, you can make the most of the opportunities this global environment offers.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Business.

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

Year 1

In the first semester, you take four core courses that cover fundamental business concepts:

In Semester 2, you study:

You may also study another course related to international business and strategy, and also start to take the first courses from your second major, minor(s) or elective courses.

Year 2 & 3

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.

International business and strategy courses may include:

You also continue to take courses from your second major, minor(s) or elective courses.

Workplace experience

Work integrated learning is the final part of your degree and takes place in your final semester. You can choose to do a placement in an organisation of your choice, do a virtual internship or complete a research 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

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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 Canvas.

  • 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

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International Business and Strategy 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
  • Option to include subjects from outside of business
See yourself as
  • Able to embrace situations outside your comfort zone
  • Having strong interpersonal skills
  • Able to accommodate differences in other people
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.