Bachelor of Commerce (International Business)

Course summary

International business is about understanding business in other cultures and regions, and learning how to think globally about the business world. International business focuses on: the impact of differing cultures and languages; the issues posed by differing markets; and the differing government regulations within this rapidly growing environment. It is also concerned with foreign exchange markets and the effects of exchange rate policies.

This degree

With a major in International Business, you will understand international marketing strategies that consider the socio-economic, legal, political, financial and cultural factors affecting regional markets. This includes strategic options for entry and expansion, and contemporary issues in multinational business contexts.

Careers in International Business include importer, exporter, international business analyst, international banker, foreign exchange trader: and trade specialist. You will also undertake a final-year capstone subject that lets you apply everything you've learned up to that point in collaboration with students from other disciplines. Plus, you have the option of applying for an internship that provides work-integrated learning.

What you will study

You will learn how to manage across cultural boundaries in an international business context, having gained knowledge on international human resource management and trade environments. You will improve your understanding of leadership, strategy, cultural diversity, communications and decision making as they relate to contemporary international business issues. Major topics include financial management, employment relations, industry and trade in South East Asia, international marketing and management, and business in Europe.

*Additional Information

First and second year subjects can also be completed at the following locations:

  • UOW Batemans Bay - UAC 753604
  • UOW Bega - UAC 753605
  • Shoalhaven Campus - UAC 753603
  • UOW Southern Highlands - UAC 753606
  • UOW Southern Sydney - UAC 753607
An ATAR of 75.00 is required for the Wollongong and Southern Sydney campuses; 72.00 for all other campuses. Applicants should contact the individual Education Centres for information regarding subject availability.

Course information

Study area

Business

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

710

ATAR (UAI)

75*

IB Score

26-27

Duration

3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

027464A

UAC Code

753602*

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

16

16

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.


UOW College Diploma in Business:

The Diploma in Business (2-session program) provides advanced standing towards UOW's Bachelor of Commerce degree. 

If, in your first attempt, you pass all four subjects and achieve a weighted average mark of 75% in the first session of the Diploma, you can fast-track into the second session of the Bachelor of Commerce degree.

If you achieve 50% in all eight subjects of the 2-session Diploma in Business you will receive 48 credit points of advanced standing at 100 Level (42 specified and 6 unspecified credit points), which will allow progression to the second year of the degree.


Progression into the second year of the degree from the 3-session Diploma in Business requires successful completion of all nine subjects, including WUCT001 - Tertiary Academic Skills, which does not provide any credit transfer.

For further information contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 (within Australia) or +61 2 4221 3218 (if overseas).

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $13,224
Full Course Fee: $79,344

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.


UOW College Diploma in Business:

The Diploma in Business (2-session program) provides advanced standing towards UOW's Bachelor of Commerce degree. 

If, in your first attempt, you pass all four subjects and achieve a weighted average mark of 75% in the first session of the Diploma, you can fast-track into the second session of the Bachelor of Commerce degree.

If you achieve 50% in all eight subjects of the 2-session Diploma in Business you will receive 48 credit points of advanced standing at 100 Level (42 specified and 6 unspecified credit points), which will allow progression to the second year of the degree.


Progression into the second year of the degree from the 3-session Diploma in Business requires successful completion of all nine subjects, including WUCT001 - Tertiary Academic Skills, which does not provide any credit transfer.

For further information contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 (within Australia) or +61 2 4221 3218 (if overseas).

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences
23 July 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018 (TBC)
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Commerce will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate core knowledge of business and organisations and major disciplinary knowledge.
  2. Effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  3. Critically analyse business and organisational issues in local, national and international contexts.
  4. Demonstrate responsible judgement in decision making.
  5. Work effectively with others on shared goals.
  6. Use relevant technology for professional purposes.
  7. Demonstrate independent learning.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Commerce a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 144 credit points including 54 cps of core subjects listed below.

Students will select at least one major study comprising 48 credit points and, additionally may chose a minor study comprising 24 cps. Students may also choose subjects from the general schedule in order to complete a total of 144 cps.

No more than 72 credit points of 100 level subjects shall be completed.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core
ACCY111 Accounting Fundamentals In Society 6 Autumn, Spring
COMM101 Principles of Responsible Business 6 Autumn, Spring
COMM121 Statistics for Business 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
ECON100 Economic Essentials for Business 6 Autumn, Spring
FIN 111 Introductory Principles of Finance 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
MGNT110 Introduction to Management 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
MARK101 Marketing Principles 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
Plus at least one subject from the following:
OPS 113 Business Oriented Information Systems 6 Spring
ACCY112 Accounting In Organisations 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
ECON102 Economics and Society 6 Autumn, Spring
MGNT102 Business Communications 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
Plus one capstone subject
COMM331 Integrative Business Capstone 6 Autumn, Spring

PLEASE NOTE:

Students majoring in Accountancy, Finance or Financial Planning must undertake ACCY112.

Students majoring in Economics or International Business are strongly encouraged to take ECON102

Students selecting the major in Public Relations (PR)  must undertake MGNT102. MGNT102 is a required subject for the PR major.  
To ensure you have completed the 144 credit points required for your degree you will need to select ONE more 6 credit point Faculty of Business elective subject.  
For students planning to complete a double major OR a double degree please consult an academic advisor.

Major Study Areas

    • Accountancy
    • Business Law
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Financial Planning
    • Human Resource Management
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Supply Chain Management

A single core first year subject is permitted to count towards a major, however students must ensure they complete the minimum 144 credit points and meet all requirements for the degree.

A single subject may count towards two different majors. However, such double counting can apply to only one, 6 credit point subject. Thus completing a second major will require the completion of an additional 42 to 48 credit specified credit points. Where two or more subjects are common to two majors, the relevant Discipline Leader will designate a replacement subject.

Minor Study Areas

Bachelor of Commerce Minor Study Areas: Accountancy; Business Information Systems; Business Law; Economics; Finance; Human Resource Management; International Business; International Economics; Management; Marketing; Public Relations; Supply Chain Management.

To satisfy the requirements of a minor study a student shall complete the listed subjects for the minor.

A single core first year subject is permitted to count towards a minor, however students must ensure they complete the minimum 144 credit points and meet all requirements for the degree.

Students may complete one or more of the designated minors but the completion of a minor is not a degree requirement. A minor cannot be completed in the same discipline as a major, for example an Accountancy Major with an Accountancy Minor. A single subject may not count towards a major and minor or towards two minors: double counting is not permitted when completing a minor. Thus completing each minor may require an additional 24 credit points if a single core subject is not included in the minor. Where one (or more) subject(s) is common to a major and a minor or to different minors, the relevant Discipline Leader will designate a replacement subject(s).

PLEASE NOTE: Subject and session offerings may change prior to the commencement of session. Students are advised to check the latest information available on the Subject Database.

General Electives

In addition to core and selected major(s)/minor(s) subjects, students may complete elective subjects chosen from any UOW subject offerings (provided they meet the subject enrolment requirements), to total 144 cps for the degree.  Students are encouraged to complete business related electives, listed on the Subject Database.  A recommended elective to apply to enrol within their final year of study is the Professional Experience in Business (COMM391).  

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Our programs are recognised by peak professional bodies in Australia and internationally. For more information, visit Professional Accreditation and Recognition.

Why choose this course

UOW Business students experience a modern curriculum that doesn’t merely teach business theory, but applies it to everyday business contexts. We develop professionals, managers and business leaders with critical thinking skills who will succeed in their chosen fields.

You have the opportunity to gain practical, real-world experience and make professional connections that will help launch your career, including the opportunity to participate in our Business Internship program, which could see you being partnered with industry leaders such as Commonwealth Bank, Cancer Council, World Vision Australia and Gazal. 

The Faculty of Business is a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), a global initiative of the United Nations. The PRME endorses institutions that champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership. 

Career opportunities
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  • Analyst
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  • Policy advisor
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  • OHS officer
  • HR manager consultant
  • Stock broker
  • Insurance broker
  • Fund manager
  • Exporter/importer
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Market researcher
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