International Business

Studying an International Business major at the University of Sydney Business School provides students with the knowledge and skills relevant to the development, strategy and management of international business organisations and the institutional context for their development, growth and operation.

There is a strong emphasis throughout the units of study on cultural understanding and comparing how business works in Australia with other countries in the Asian region and beyond. In addition, there is the opportunity to focus on entrepreneurship skills in an international business context.

Requirements for a major in International Business

For the award of a major in International Business, students complete:

(1) a six credit point junior unit of study, that must be either,

(a) offered by the University of Sydney Business School; OR
(b) be part of the Bachelor of Economics, or Bachelor of International and Global Studies (for students enrolled in these degrees only).*

* Students who do not meet the requirements in (a) or (b) may complete two alternative junior units of study approved by the Chair of the Discipline of International Business.

(2) 36 credit points of senior units of study, comprising:

(i) 24 credit points of compulsory units of study, as follows:

  • IBUS2101 International Business Strategy
  • IBUS2102 Cross-Cultural Management
  • IBUS3101 International Business Alliances
  • IBUS3102 International Risk Management.

(ii) 12 credit points of elective units of study selected from the following options:

  • ACCT3031 International Corporate Governance
  • CLAW2211 Commercial Practice in China
  • ECOS3006 International Trade + ^
  • ECOS3007 International Macroeconomics + ^
  • FINC3011 International Financial Management
  • GOVT2221 Politics of International Economic Relations + ^
  • GOVT2225 International Security in the 21st Century + ^
  • IBUS3103 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • IBUS3104 Ethical International Business Decisions
  • IBUS3106 International Business Special Project
  • IBUS3107 Business Negotiations
  • IBUS3108 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MKTG3116 International Marketing
  • USSC2601 US in the World + ^
  • WORK2217 International Human Resource Management
  • WORK2222 Leadership in Organisations.
  • Senior language units of study (2000 and 3000 level) from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (a maximum of two units of study or 12 credit points). + ^

+ For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce, all Government and International Relations (GOVT), US Studies Centre (USSC), or language units from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences count towards the non-Business School and School of Economics unit allowances for Business School degrees. The number of units students can complete from another faculty (non-Business School and School of Economics) are restricted (refer to individual degree rules for details). Students enrolled in the combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws program cannot complete any units from outside of the Business School and School of Economics.

^ For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies), all Economics (ECOS), GOVT, USSC and language units will count towards the 84 credit point allowance for non-Business School units of study.

Many of the senior elective options will require the completion of additional prerequisites. Please refer to the relevant faculty handbook for details of unit prerequisites (sydney.edu.au/handbooks/).

Note: All units of study listed are six credit points unless otherwise indicated.