Highlights

  • Study importing and exporting, international communication and negotiation, accounting, and logistics and marketing.
  • Study real business cases involving business ethics, cultural sensitivity, market diversity, project planning, decision making and strategic management.
  • Graduates of the International Business major are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Export, the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Australasia, depending on the units you choose.
  • Prepare yourself for a career as an international business specialist, international logistics specialist, international trade specialist, or international banking and finance executive.
  • You can also study this major as part of QUT's Bachelor of Business - International degree, which includes one year of compulsory overseas studies.

Highlights

  • Study importing and exporting, international communication and negotiation, accounting, and logistics and marketing.
  • Study real business cases involving business ethics, cultural sensitivity, market diversity, project planning, decision making and strategic management.
  • Graduates of the International Business major may be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Export, the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Australasia, depending on units chosen.
  • Prepare yourself for a career as an international business specialist, international logistics specialist, international trade specialist, or international banking and finance executive.
  • You can also study this major as part of QUT's Bachelor of Business - International degree, which includes one year of compulsory overseas studies.

Why choose this course?

International business skills are in high demand. International firms require people with insight into the complexities of global regulations, management of cultural differences, knowledge of different buying preferences, global transport options and ethical behaviours. This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to excel. 

This transdisciplinary major draws on marketing, management, finance, accounting and law to provide a comprehensive understanding of the business activities that occur across borders and cultures. You will have the opportunity to hone your cultural intelligence to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations.

Through practical learning experiences, you will develop skills in negotiation and logistics management and gain knowledge of trade procedures, regional customs, and offshore business strategies. You will also have the option to build or improve your foreign language skills.

Your understanding of importing and exporting will come from examining real business cases and investigating how planning, decision making, and strategic management contributes to the success of highly competitive international organisations.

If you are interested in how business operates in many markets around the world and would like to open yourself up to career options in global industry, consider a degree in international business.

Real-world learning

The major progresses from the importing and exporting unit, introducing students to the fundamentals of international trade, to units focussed on international finance, communication and negotiation, accounting, logistics and marketing.

The international business in the Asia-Pacific unit provides an overview of the contemporary business environment in Australia’s region, while the capstone international business strategy unit integrates learning throughout the major by focussing on the strategic decisions required by an individual firm to succeed in the international environment.

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What to expect

Ensuring the smooth operation of business on a global scale is a complex challenge. International firms require people who can navigate global regulations, accommodate cultural differences, and strategically differentiate regional consumer preferences. You will also need knowledge of global transport options and an understanding of ethical behaviour.

If working in a multidisciplinary business role and managing resources, people and logistics interests you, then a major in international business could be your gateway to a career in a global industry.

In this course, you will be taught by industry experts and engage in real-world opportunities. You will have opportunities to apply your knowledge through industry placements or travel on exchange to begin building your own network of international connections.

Graduates of the international business major are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Export, the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Australasia, depending on the units you choose.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates find work as international business professionals in Australia or overseas or combine this major with study in another area to promote their global professional mobility.
Our graduates have found success in
roles such as:
• customs and freight forwarding
• export and import manager
• international banking and finance
executive
• international business specialist
• supply chain manager or
procurement specialist
• trade negotiations.

Professional recognition

You may be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Export, the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Australasia, depending on units chosen.

Professional recognition

As a graduate of the international business major you will be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Export, the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Australasia, depending on units chosen.

Research pathways

Bachelor of Business (Honours) option

High-achieving students who wish to take further studies may enrol in BS63 Bachelor of Business (Honours).

Possible careers

  • Business Analyst
  • Diplomat
  • International Business Specialist

Details and units

Languages option

The course structure for both full-time and part-time International business students varies depending on whether Languages are selected as an option. Alternative course structures are included: one outlines the course structure if no languages are taken, the other outlines the structure for those who wish to undertake a language specialisation. If Languages are taken as a specialisation, language units should commence in the first semester of the first year to maintain continuity from earlier pre-QUT language studies. All language units must normally be taken in the same language. International students must take a language that is not their native tongue.

International business major units

  • Importing and exporting
  • Finance for international business
  • Intercultural communication and negotiation skills
  • International accounting
  • International logistics
  • International marketing
  • International business in the Asia-Pacific
  • International business strategy

Recommended complementary study areas

Second major and minor options

  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Language

Additional minor options

  • Tourism and entertainment marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business regulation
  • Applied economics
  • Quantitative economics

Languages option

The course structure for both full-time and part-time International Business students varies depending on whether languages are selected as an option. Alternative course structures are included: one outlines the course structure if no languages are taken, the other outlines the structure for those who wish to undertake a language specialisation. If languages are taken as a specialisation, language units should commence in the first semester of the first year to maintain continuity from earlier pre-QUT language studies. All language units must normally be taken in the same language. International students must take a language that is not their native tongue.

International Business major units

  • Importing and exporting
  • Finance for international business
  • Intercultural communication and negotiation skills
  • International accounting
  • International logistics
  • International marketing
  • International business in the Asia-Pacific
  • International business strategy

Recommended complementary study areas

Second major and minor options

  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Language

Additional minor options

  • Tourism and entertainment marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business regulation
  • Applied economics
  • Quantitative economics

Requirements

ATAR/selection rank threshold
70.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2022.

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Course code
BS05
QTAC code
413021
CRICOS code
003491G
Delivery
  • Online
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February, July and November
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

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Year 12 early offer scheme

If you're a current Queensland Year 12 student, you may be eligible to receive an offer for this course on the last day of Queensland Year 12, before receiving your ATAR or selection rank.

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Helping you to get into your course

If you don't think your ATAR or selection rank is high enough to get into this course, you can guarantee your entry with guaranteed advanced standing by upgrading through one the following programs which you can select as one of your QTAC preferences:

QUT College Diplomas

As a QUT College Diploma in Business, Entrepreneurship, or Esports (business pathway) graduate you will automatically receive an offer to start the Bachelor of Business within one week after completion of the diploma. You will also automatically receive up to 1.0 year (96 credit points) credit transfer and be able to complete the degree in 2 years as a full-time student (or equivalent part-time).

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Find out more about the QUT College Diploma in Entrepreneurship

Find out more about the QUT College Diploma in Esports

Dual TAFE-Qld Greater Brisbane/QUT award

If you enrol in a QTAC offer in a Diploma of Accounting dual TAFE-Qld Brisbane/QUT award you will automatically receive a QUT conditional offer in June (semester 1 QTAC offer) or October (semester 2 QTAC offer) after your enrolment at TAFE-Qld Greater Brisbane is confirmed.

Upon completion of the TAFE-Qld diploma you will be able to enrol at QUT. You will also automatically receive 1 year (96 credit points) credit transfer and be able to complete the degree in 2 years as a full-time student (or equivalent part-time). More details will be provided in your QUT conditional offer letter.

 

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR or selection rank of 84.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

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Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

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Adjustments to your ATAR/selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your ATAR or selection rank will be applied to this course.

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Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2021

The figures listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent ATAR students. The entry thresholds box at the top of this page shows the lowest adjusted ATAR/selection rank required to receive an offer for all applicants for the most recent January QTAC offer round.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
Highest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 98.70
Selection rank 99.95
Median ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 87.00
Selection rank 87.00
Lowest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 70.50
Selection rank 76.00

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

ATAR/selection rank
70.00
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 84.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2022 fees

2022: CSP $14,600 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2022 fees

2022: $31,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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Business Academic Excellence Scholarship

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The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Roundtable and QUT Business School Scholarship

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A scholarship for future and current Indigenous female students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate studies in business.

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Equity scholarships scheme

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International Merit Scholarship

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