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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in International Business

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
3 years
Start date: 06-July-2020
Campus:
Dunedin Campus
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Course details

Summary

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree programme enables each student to develop his or her own interests in business and related subjects. Students are able to create individualised courses using a range of papers offered across teaching departments in the School of Business and University as a whole. Students have the flexibility within the BCom degree to combine two specialisations and graduate with a double major.

International Business

The major in International Business is a recent development within the School of Business (Commerce Division). It recognises that business is being conducted in a dynamic, global environment and that organisations, both in New Zealand and through the world, need individuals who can work across the traditional functional boundaries as well as across national borders.

The International Business major offers students the opportunity to combine the study of key international business issues with the study of language and cultural issues.

On completing the degree students will possess the following attributes:

  • An understanding of the principles of international business
  • An appreciation of New Zealand's position in the global business environment
  • The ability to evaluate financial, managerial, economic, organisational and marketing issues in a global context
  • The ability to take an interdisciplinary approach to international business
  • The ability to communicate effectively with customers and suppliers in different countries
  • A good working knowledge of their chosen language including business situations
  • A sensitivity to different cultures and the ethical issues facing companies operating in a global environment
  • The ability to work effectively in small multicultural groups.

Structure of the Programme

  • shall consist of papers worth not less than 360 points;
  • shall include at least 180 points for papers above 100-level of which at least 72 points shall be for papers above 200-level,
  • shall satisfy the requirements of the major subject. No paper above 200-level may count for more than one Major Subject Requirement,
  • shall include the following Required Papers: BSNS 111, BSNS 112, BSNS 113, BSNS 114, BSNS 115
  • may include one or more optional minor subjects. No paper may count for both a Major and a Minor Subject Requirement or for more than one Minor Subject Requirement unless that paper is at 100- or 200-level and is specified as compulsory for both Requirements,

May include papers which are not listed in Commerce Schedule C

  • up to 90 points; or
  • as specified in the Commerce Major Subject Requirements and/or the Commerce subjects in the Minor Subject Requirements; or
  • as specified in the Minor Subject Requirements.

At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

Entry criteria

The minimum requirement for students is the completion of a high school qualification plus satisfactory completion of one year's study at an approved tertiary institution or successful completion of New Zealand Foundation Year programme.

We also accept the following International qualifications: International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; GCE Advanced Levels: minimum grade of 8.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); Internet-based TOEFL Score of 80 (writing 20); Paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (TWE 4.5); Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169); CIE - E grade or higher in any one of AS English Language, AS Literature in English or AS Language & Literature in English; OR meeting the NCEA literacy requirements; International Baccalaureate - English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, Language A: language and literature, or at Higher level in Language B; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.

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