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Study International Business at Otago

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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.

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in International Business

Level Papers Points

BSNS 113  Economic Principles and Policy

MANT 101  Managing for Performance

ECON 112  Principles of Economics 2 (recommended)

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 112 Interpreting Business Data, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study







ECON 201  Microeconomics

MANT 217  International Management, or MANT 222 Interpersonal / International Business Communication

One further Commerce paper at 200-level

Language papers as outlined below






ECON 302  International Trade

MANT 332  International Management, or MANT 342  Global Business Strategy

MART 326  International and Export Marketing

One further Commerce paper at 300-level






126 further points, comprising 18 further Commerce points and 108 points of approved language and/or culture papers*, which will normally include an 18 point business language paper and an approved 18 point culture paper. At least 54 of these 126 points must be at 200-level or above.

*Papers requiring approval will in the first instance be approved by the Department concerned as necessary. However, overall approval including appropriate language and culture papers shall rest with the Director of the International Business major.

Note: Language papers must be in a language other than the student's native language.





Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. 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.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

Total 360

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Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in International Business

  • IBUS 480 Dissertation

  • International papers at 400-level from Commerce subjects worth 60 points as approved by the Director, International Business

  • Further international papers at 400-level worth at least 20 points from either Commerce subjects or Arts subjects, as approved by the Director, International Business

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Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) in International Business

  • International papers at 400-level in Commerce subjects, worth 80 points as approved by the Director, International Business

  • Further international papers at 400-level worth at least 40 points in either Commerce or Arts subjects, as approved by the Director, International Business

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Master of Commerce (MCom) in International Business

  • Thesis: IBUS 5

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