Global Business Practicum (COMM3020)

The Global Business Practicum is an opportunity for students to work in an international environment on genuine business issues.  

Did you know that you may be able to gain credit to enhance your degree if you choose to venture overseas? 

Travelling overseas can be a great way to jump outside of your comfort zone, find your passions and expand your cultural understanding. 

Designed to provide you with a global understanding of the world of work, and the skills needed to succeed, the Global Business Practicum allows you the opportunity to work in an international environment on genuine business issues.  

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to work as part of a student consulting team on a genuine business problem for an international company. You will also have the opportunity to network with industry leaders and UNSW alumni, learn about local customs through an immersive cultural experience and connect with new friends at our partner university.  

COVID-19 Update 

The UNSW Business School continues to closely monitor the current global COVID-19 pandemic and are following the university’s approach to maintain a considered, evidence-based position guided by public health experts and government advice. 

At present, we’re continuing with plans for the Global Business Practicum (GBP) where possible. However, should we be unable to travel to  a specific GBP location due to continued restrictions, we will deliver a virtual experience in Sydney.  

This virtual experience will offer remote engagement with your host company to complete projects, cultural activities, networking opportunities and most importantly, your progression won’t be impacted.  

All Global Business Practicums are available to UNSW undergraduate students enrolled in a single or dual Commerce, Economics, Actuarial Studies or Information Systems program who:

  • You have completed a minimum of 72 UoC by the commencement of this course 

  • You have room in their degree for this course 

  • You are in good academic standing 

  • You have an up-to-date Linkedln profile with a professional photo 

  • You have completed Career Accelerator: Essentials (Student-enrolment key: Career_Accelerator) OR COMM1999 myBCom First Year Portfolio  

  • You are not enrolled in the Co-Op Program 

This course may count as a UNSW Business School Free Elective OR as a major elective within some majors. It is your responsibility to ensure that this course will count within your program requirements. It’s recommended you refer to your program handbook and the progression plans to understand your current progression and program. 

Are you thinking of undertaking a Global Business Practicum and would like to spend longer in-country? You may be eligible to undertake cross-institutional study. For more information go to Cross Institutional Studies. To see courses that have been previously approved go to Credit Transfer Guide and select the country for more information. 

T2B 5 July - 30 July 2021 – 4 workshops on-campus (or virtual)

Students will be required to attend 4 3hour compulsory workshops, run once a week and centrally timetabled. The final Term 2 timetable is scheduled to be published on Friday 19 March 2021.

25 August – 11 September 2021: Placement in Bangkok-based company

The core elements of the practicum include:

  • 1 in-company business project (team based)
  • 1 in-country cultural experience
  • 1 in-country affiliated university experience
  • 1 in-country professional networking event

Please note the above key dates are dependent on the current COVID-19 situation and will be updated accordingly.

As enrolment is restricted you're unable to enrol yourself into this course. The UNSW Business School will enrol eligible students who have been notified of their acceptance into this course.

Applications for the 2021 experience have now closed.

Applications for T2 2022 will open in January 2022.

Please note: Special consideration will not be given for any potential clashes due to undertaking this course.

In addition to normal course fees, students will incur additional costs of $1,950 for accommodation, social and cultural events and local group transport. Flights and visa costs are not included in this amount.

There are costs that are not included in your payment and you should ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover transport to/from airport and to/from your Practicum location, phone calls, sim cards, laundry, admission costs at cultural tours, incidentals and entertainment. In addition to these, you should allow at least $40 per day to spend on basic items such as food.

*Australian students enrolled as Commonwealth Supported students will be charged the Student Contribution Charge for the course (HECS). Full Fee-Paying International students will be charged normal tuition fees for the course. Go to Student Fees and Payment for more information.

Applications for T2 2022 will open in January 2022. 

You will have the opportunity to work on genuine business issues specific to the region. As part of the course, you will work as part of a student consulting team, supported by  an industry mentor, your lecturer and the Career Accelerator team. 

If border restrictions remain in place in 2022 due to COVID-19, the travel component for the Global Business Practicum Bangkok will not go ahead. However, we will be offering a virtual experience delivered in Sydney (either face to face or 100% online).  

This virtual experience will offer remote engagement with your host company to complete projects, cultural activities, networking opportunities and most importantly your progression won’t be impacted. Program and course fees and census dates will still apply. 

Applications for Summer 2022 have now closed. 

In addition to normal course fees, students will incur an additional cost of $150 for the virtual delivery of the GBP.

Australian students enrolled as Commonwealth Supported students will be charged the Student Contribution Charge for the course (HECS). Full Fee-Paying International students will be charged normal tuition fees for the course. Go to Student Fees and Payment for more information.

Scholarships may be available for students facing financial hardship. Documentation will be required.

Applications for Summer 2022 are now closed.  

Workshops will take place from 4-14 January 2022, and placement from 20 January – 4 February 2022.  

In Jakarta you will work with a real client on a real business problem as part of a consulting team, supported throughout by an industry mentor, your lecturer and the Career Accelerator team. 

If border restrictions remain in place in 2022 due to COVID-19, the travel component for the Global Business Practicum Jakarta will not go ahead. However, we will be offering a virtual experience delivered 100% online.  

This virtual experience will offer remote engagement with your host company to complete projects, cultural activities, networking opportunities and most importantly your progression won’t be impacted. Program fees, course fees and census dates will still apply. 

Applications for the 2021 experience have now closed.

Applications for T3 2022 will open in May 2022.

The Global Business Practicum Virtual Experience will involve working with a real client based in Hong Kong, on a real business problem. You’ll be advised of your company during your first workshop. Previous companies involved in the GBP have been in financial services, consulting, marketing, import/export, hospitality and technology.

You will be expected to work in teams, utilising the appropriate tools necessary to ensure your success. You will be supported throughout by an industry mentor, your lecturer and the Career Accelerator team.

The core elements of the practicum include:

  • 1 company business project (team based)
  • 1 cultural experience
  • 1 affiliated university experience
  • 1 professional networking event

This course runs during the term. Special consideration will not be considered for participation in this course.

Applications for the 2021 experience have now closed.

Applications for T3 2022 will open in May 2022.

As enrolment is restricted, you're unable to enrol yourself into this course. The UNSW Business School will enrol eligible students who have been notified of their acceptance into this course.

Please note: Special consideration will not be given for any potential clashes due to undertaking this course.

In addition to normal course fees, students will incur an additional cost of $850 for the face-to-face Sydney delivery. The costs will cover social, cultural and orientation events and the co-working space. A partial refund of these costs will be made if the virtual experience is delivered. Program fees, courses fees and census dates will still apply.

Australian students enrolled as Commonwealth Supported students will be charged the Student Contribution Charge for the course (HECS). Full Fee-Paying International students will be charged normal tuition fees for the course. Go to Student Fees and Payment for more information.

Scholarships may be available for students facing financial hardship. Documentation will be required.

Applications for T3 2022 will open in May 2022. 

You will work on a real business problem with a real client based in Hong Kong, alongside your student consulting team. You will be supported throughout by an industry mentor, your lecturer and the Career Accelerator team. 

If border restrictions remain in place in 2022 due to COVID-19, the travel component for the Global Business Practicum Hong Kong will not go ahead. However, we will be offering a virtual experience delivered in Sydney (either face to face or 100% online).  

This virtual experience will offer remote engagement with your host company to complete projects, cultural activities, networking opportunities and most importantly your progression won’t be impacted. Program and course fees and census dates will still apply. 

Grants and Financial Assistance

New Colombo Plan mobility grants of between $2,000 and $3,000 may be available to Australian Citizens that do not have dual citizenship or residency rights in Thailand and have been offered a place in this course, by way of a merit-based application process. Selection will be based on your ability to demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills and/or community service. Application forms will be provided only to students who have already been notified of their acceptance into this course. The outcome of your NCP mobility grant application will be announced in early May.

You can apply for an OS-HELP loan for this course (subject to meeting eligibility criteria). This financial assistance initiative by the Australian government assists with expenses incurred in overseas study. Application forms can be collected from the Global Education Office (Ground Floor, East Wing of the Red Centre Building). For further information, including eligibility, go to OS-HELP.

Limited travel grants are available for students facing financial hardship. Documentation will be required. Please email Career Accelerator for more information.

Travel Insurance, Immunisation and Health

UNSW’s travel insurance policy covers students taking this course. You’re obliged to read and understand all details of the policy. While UNSW aims to assist you with cost effective insurance, the coverage may not meet the requirements of all students going on this course. In such cases, we strongly recommend you arrange your own travel coverage through a private insurance provider.

You are responsible for their own health before and during the program. You should consult your doctor to get advice about vaccinations or other health issues. You should also consult the Australian Government website for travellers.

Justin-Lee

The Global Business Practicum (GBP) Bangkok has definitely been a memorable and unforgettable experience. I was exposed to a plethora of unique opportunities to gain international work experience and an understanding of different work cultures whilst overseas. The GBP also provides master classes and networking events that enabled me to develop both personally and professionally, helping me secure a summer vacation role in Sydney.

- Justin Lee, UNSW Business School Student 

Questions?

Please consult the most up to date UNSW Handbook for full course details.

For further enquiries, please email Career Accelerator.