International business

Post graduate students outside of The Sydney Harbour Bridge

What is international business?

The world is more connected than ever. Globalisation and technology have changed the way we do business. And so, the world needs people skilled in international business. Think of this like a gateway to worldwide career opportunities.

Why study international business? 

With a specialisation in international business, you can become a professional globetrotter, make your mark on boardrooms around the world, and change how the we do business across borders. This study area will set you up with strong foundations in business, commerce, and/or economics, with options to study abroad and go on exchange. You can even incorporate language study into your business program.

Why choose UNSW?

Build global connections and expand your networks, with the opportunity to go on an international student exchange supported by a financial scholarship. UNSW Business School is a global leader in business education and you’ll be taught by world-renowned academics and mentored by alumni leaders along the way. You’ll have access to our Career Accelerator program, as well as guaranteed work experience and internship opportunities.

Your career opportunities in Australia and across the world

To succeed in the business world in today’s highly competitive and global marketplace, companies are looking for professionals with robust knowledge and expertise of the international business environment and a strong sense of entrepreneurship.

Your business degree can open doors to the following career options:

  • Asset management

  • Business analyst 

  • Cross-cultural advisor 

  • Export and import officer 

  • Global product coordinator 

  • International business strategist 

  • International equity officer 

  • International marketing officer 

  • International trade officer 

  • Policy advisor 

  • Purchasing officer 

  • Research analyst 

Study international business with us

Entry requirements for international business

In order to study International Business at UNSW, you’ll need to meet certain entry requirements. These differ based on whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, and if you’re applying as a domestic or international student.

  • Undergraduate

    Admission requirements may vary between degrees, however, entry to a bachelor’s degree is typically based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or an equivalent rank. You can find the selection ranks and scores from the previous year on each of the degree pages, along with assumed knowledge requirements for each study option. For the Bachelor of Commerce, for example, Advanced Mathematics is assumed knowledge.

  • Postgraduate

    Admission to a postgraduate degree at UNSW requires you to hold a recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification). Both the Master of Commerce and Master of International Business require a minimum credit average to gain entry. Alternative admission pathways may also be available, including graduate certificates and professional qualifications awarded by relevant professional bodies.

  • International students

    Entry to an undergraduate degree is based on your International ATAR equivalent or equivalent ranking. Postgraduate students must hold a recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average, as determined by the UNSW Business School.

    International students from a non-English speaking background may be asked to provide proof of their English proficiency before being given an offer to study at UNSW. Details can be found on each degree page under ‘Entry requirements’.

What our graduates say

“UNSW’s global-minded outlook meant I could practice intercultural communication and understand international business practices from my lecturers, classmates and study abroad opportunities. Now my friends and networks are worldwide.” 

Katrina Iannella, Private Clients Consultant, PwC Australia


  • The field of international business is anchored in business, commerce and economics, so you can expect a strong foundation across those core focus areas depending on which degree you choose. Other key subject areas include data analysis, international human resource management, and risk analysis in a global context. You’ll also have a choice of electives, which include international financial statement analysis, global marketing strategy, entrepreneurship and new venture management.

  • A crucial part of international business is developing relationships and making a strong impression on your counterparts. For that reason, we believe the best approach to preparing for a career in international business is through face-to-face coursework with some independent learning.

  • Studying international business equips you with practical skills to be effective in today's globalised world, especially in multinational organisations. It’s anchored in strategic thinking, negotiation and entrepreneurship. On the other hand, international marketing takes the core principles of marketing, such as product, price, place and promotion, and teaches you to apply them in a global context.