Global Business Practicum (COMM3020)

The Global Business Practicum is an opportunity for students to work in an international environment on genuine business issues. Students gain international understanding, exposure and workplace skills through studying and working in an overseas location.

The Global Business Practicum is an opportunity for students to work in an international environment on genuine business issues. Students gain international understanding, exposure and workplace skills through studying and working in an overseas location.

Students are placed in organisations such as local branches of global financial, marketing and technology corporations. Working in small teams as consultants on a genuine business case, students also attend masterclasses by local industry leaders, government officials and academic experts and learn about the local culture by visiting important cultural landmarks.

COVID-19 Update

The UNSW Business School continues to closely monitor the current global COVID-19 pandemic and 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 the 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. If the virtual experience goes ahead, you will pay a reduced program fee of $150. 

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:

  • Have a minimum WAM of 65
  • Have completed a minimum of 72 UoC by the commencement of this course
  • Have room in their degree for this course
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Have completed Career Accelerator: Essentials (Student-enrolment key: Career_Accelerator) OR COMM1999 myBCom First Year Portfolio
  • Are not enrolled in the Co-Op Program

Depending on the program, this course may be a Free Elective or a Major Elective. It’s recommended you complete a progression check prior to enrolling.

Are you thinking of undertaking a Global 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.

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

Expressions of Interest for T2 are now closed.

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.

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.

Students may 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.

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

For further enquiries, please email Career Accelerator.   

  • Workshops: 5 July – 30 July 2021
  • Placement: 25 August – 11 September 2021

You will work with a real client on a real business problem. 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.

As restrictions remain in place, the travel component for the Global Business Practicum in Bangkok will not go ahead in 2021. However, we will be offering a virtual experience delivered 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.

Expressions of interest for 2021 are now closed.

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.

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.

Workshops: 4 -15 January 2021

Placement: 21 January - 5 February

You will work with a real client on a real business problem. 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.

As restrictions remain in place, the travel component for the Global Business Practicum in Jakarta will not go ahead in 2021. However, we will be offering a virtual experience delivered 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. The GBP Virtual Experience will be delivered completely online in 2021.

Program fees, course fees and census dates will still apply.

Term 3 2021.

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

Expressions of interest for 2021 are now closed.

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.

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.

T3B 19 October- 20 November - in Sydney, 22 November – 9 December 2020

If restrictions remain in place, the travel component for the Global Business Practicum in Hong Kong will not go ahead in 2021. 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.

Please check this page for updates if travel restrictions change.

The program enables students to work in one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and active start-up ecosystems, working with a start-up company on a real project with genuine responsibility and opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills.

Students will work under the guidance and mentoring of the Adelson School of Entrepreneurship at IDC Herzliya, where they will attend workshops as well as engaging with the Landing Pad, the Australian Government’s start-up hub in Tel Aviv.

Further information on key dates for 2022 will be available by September 2021.

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.

Australian students enrolled as Commonwealth Supported students will be charged the Student Contribution Charge for COMM3020 (HECS). Full Fee Paying International students will be charged normal tuition fees for the course. Go to Student Fees and Payment for more information.

In addition to the course fees for COMM3020, students will incur additional costs for accommodation, the IDC program, which includes mentoring and business development, and cultural events. Program costs for 2022 to be confirmed.

You’ll also need to pay for your flights to and from Israel, as well as additional funds to cover transport to/from airport and to/from your accommodation location, phone calls, sim cards, laundry, incidentals and entertainment as well as food and other practical living costs.

Due to travel restrictions this course has been postponed until 2022.

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

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.

Students may 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.

Each student is 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.