International Business - Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

International Business

What is International Business?

This is the name for one of the Majors available within the B.Com degree. The subject areas covered by this Major include International Business, International Management, International Entrepreneurship, International Marketing, and International Finance, as well as a compulsory foreign language component and optional overseas-based study. The Major aims to produce graduates who have the integrated and multidisciplinary knowledge, skills and appreciation for international business practice that are needed by organizations with international operations.

Why study International Business?

The Major in International Business has been designed to cover the range of knowledge needed by individuals whose work will span international borders and operations. These graduates will be well suited to roles in multinational businesses, exporting and importing firms, trade organisations, and international NGOs. However, given that globalisation affects us all, those wanting to work in consultancies and small and medium sized enterprises will also find an international major critically important. The Major has been carefully designed to ensure that all students, whatever their choice of electives, can spend the second semester of their second year of study abroad on exchange (optional).

Degree structure

International Business is offered as a Major within the B.Com degree. Students who complete the B.Com with good grades (and pass MGMT280 or ECON213) can also take the B.Com Honours (1-year) and M.Com (2-year) degrees in International Business. Students taking other B.Com Majors may also study some International Business courses, especially those taking the Major in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, the Major in Management, and the Major in Marketing.

International Business courses are also available within the MBA programme and the MBM programme.

The University Calendar, the Enrolment Handbook, and the relevant programme brochures and web pages give full details of these degree options.

BCom Major in International Business

Details of the BCom major in International Business can be found at:

Finance pathway (with and without an international exchange)

Marketing and Strategy pathway (with and without an international exchange)


Contact Information

For information about courses contact: or e-mail the relevant staff members teaching the courses.

Department of Management
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

For general information on University courses or enrolment procedures:

University Liaison Officer, Freephone: 0800 VARSITY (827 748) in New Zealand

International Enquiries telephone +64 3 364 2459