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  • 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.
  • Graduate eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Export, the Logistics Association of Australia and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing, depending on the subjects 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 new Bachelor of Business - International degree, which includes one year of compulsory overseas studies.
QTAC course code 413021
QUT course code BS05
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July, November
Note: Conditions apply for International students wishing to commence study in November. Contact for more information.
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • QUT Business School
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CRICOS code 003491G
  • Business Analyst
  • Diplomat
  • International Business Specialist

Double degrees


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 to build this expertise.

QUT’s international business major is distinguished by an emphasis on industry skills covering trade procedures, logistics, negotiation techniques, languages, regional understanding and offshore business strategies. These skills provide a toolkit. You can take advantage of opportunities to complete study overseas and use your learned skills in industry placements locally.

You will gain required skills and knowledge from a range of business disciplines, including marketing, management, finance, accounting and logistics. You will learn about the international aspects of importing and exporting, communication and negotiation, accounting, logistics and marketing, and develop the strategic know-how required to manage in a global commercial environment.

You will explore real business cases where the planning, decision making and strategic management required for these highly competitive global operations is examined. 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 study 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.

Career outcomes

Graduates find work as international business professionals in Australia or overseas or combine the major with study in another professional area to promote their global professional mobility. Our graduates have found success in roles such as:

  • international business specialist
  • logistics manager, supply chain manager, procurement specialist
  • customs and freight forwarding
  • international banking and finance executive
  • business analyst
  • diplomat.

Professional recognition

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


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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

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

I did not complete secondary school in Australia

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    I completed secondary school in Australia

    Guide to entry cut-offs

    These cut-offs are based on the previous application period. The actual cut-offs may be higher or lower.

    OP 9
    Rank 81
    Did you get an OP 1-5?

    If you completed secondary school in Australia and received an OP 1-5 or equivalent, and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

    Minimum English language requirements

    We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

    You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    Speaking 6.0
    Writing 6.0
    Reading 6.0
    Listening 6.0
    Overall 6.5

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

    We offer English language courses 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.

    Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

    If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

    Course fees

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

    2019: $29,900 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

    2018: $28,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

    Scholarships and financial support

    You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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