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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in International Business

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 22-February-2021
Pipitea Campus
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Course details


If you're interested in a career in the world of commerce and want expertise in business and the business of government then the Bachelor of Commerce is the degree for you.

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is a three-year undergraduate degree designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in the exciting world of commerce.

You'll get a strong foundation in private business and public administration and gain skills in communication, teamwork and leadership. In the BCom, you'll develop your critical and creative thinking, as well as an understanding of how different cultures do business.

International Business

Study trade policy, importing and exporting, and foreign investment. Gain an understanding of the strategies of multinational corporations and international operations management. Learn how to negotiate and problem solve. Get the skills to think logically and analytically, and to understand research design and data collection. Grow your business knowledge while learning how to be an effective member of a multicultural team.

Course Structure

For this degree you'll need to:

Complete at least 360 points, of which:

  • At least 210 points must be from courses listed for the BCom
  • At least 180 points must be at 200 and 300 level
  • Of the 180 points at least 75 points must be at 300 level
  • Of the 75 points at least 45 points must be from courses listed for the BCom

Complete seven core courses at 100 level (usually in first year):

  • Either Accounting (ACCY 111) or Fundamentals of Accounting (ACCY 115) or Accounting for Decision Making (ACCY 130)
  • Microeconomic Principles (ECON 130)
  • Government, Law and Business (FCOM 111)
  • Foundations of Information Systems (INFO 101)
  • Principles of Marketing (MARK 101)
  • Introduction to Management (MGMT 101)
  • Statistics for Business (QUAN 102)

In addition to the degree requirements, for this major you'll need to complete:

Seven core courses at 100 level (as listed for the BCom)

Three courses at 200 level:

  • Principles of International Business (IBUS 201)
  • International Management (IBUS 212)

Three courses at 300 level:

  • Dynamic Strategy and Structure in International Business (IBUS 305)
  • Managing and Communicating Across Cultures (IBUS 312)

One further course from:

  • IBUS 300-399
  • International Accounting Topics (ACCY 309)
  • Law of International Business (COML 306)
  • International Economics (ECON 309)
  • International Corporate Finance (FINA 302)
  • International Human Resource Management (HRIR 303)
  • International Marketing (MARK 302)

One further course from:

  • IBUS 200-399

One courses in language and culture from:

  • ASIA 100–199
  • CHIN 100–199
  • FREN 100–199
  • GERM 100–199
  • ITAL 100–199
  • JAPA 100–199
  • PASI 100–199
  • SPAN 100–199
  • Contemporary Asian Society (ASIA 201)
  • ASIA 202
  • ASIA 203
  • Language Study Abroad (FHSS 210)
  • An approved substitute

Useful secondary school subjects

Accounting, Algebra, Business Studies, Economics, Statistics, Calculus, English, History, Geography, Languages and Computer Science.

Get a Master's degree:

At the end of your three-year BCom you can choose to continue your learning with postgraduate studies. Give your career options a boost and choose from a range of postgraduate programmes offered by Victoria University of Wellington.

Entry criteria

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test; A minimum of three ratings of 4 and one rating of 3 in the Victoria University of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP) test; Pearson Test of English: score of 50 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 42).


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