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International Business

Undergraduate Major


International Business Major (BCom)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Expand your horizons, learning to work across different cultures, markets and business practices.

Marco Feelisch

I chose this course to get out of my comfort zone – I’m from Germany, so I wanted to see how being away from my friends and family would shape me. I enjoyed the cultural diversity of my classes; it developed my intercultural communication skills. I also learned to think differently and challenge the status quo.

Work experience

You can apply for an internship through the Business Internship unit. Past students have worked within global organisations such as Renault, Celebrity Fashions and Ashok Leyland.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Multinational businesses need talented and culturally sensitive individuals to look after their interests overseas.

To successfully work in international business, you must have an appreciation of a country’s culture and business practices, as well as extensive business knowledge.

This major gives an international focus to your business career. You’ll learn to analyse international markets and business systems, navigate your way around international business environments and develop the competencies you need to work in a cross-cultural team.

Much of the study is practical, focusing on current issues and cases. This helps you develop high-level skills in management, problem solving, planning, organising and managing change and prepares you for working in a global environment. This major provides the flexibility to learn a language and undertake cultural studies.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Commerce degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Commerce.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Recommended double majors:

Why study

  • Develop skills for leading and facilitating the internationalisation activities of organisations.
  • Gain experience in cross-cultural interaction, both internal and external to an organisation.
  • Your learning will focus on current issues in the global, regional and national business environment.
  • You can apply for an internship. Past students have worked within global organisations such as Renault, Celebrity Fashions and Ashok Leyland.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia has partnered with Curtin to offer internships to students who have completed 200 credits or more of their commerce degree. These internships will give you credit towards your degree, increase your industry experience and put you in direct contact with leading professionals.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

You may be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Management.

Career information


  • Corporate affairs manager
  • Customs broker
  • Foreign affairs and trade officer
  • Import or export manager
  • International business development manager
  • International trade specialist
  • Procurement services manager


  • Consulting firms
  • Government departments
  • Import and export companies
  • International banking firms
  • International consultancy
  • International organisations

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge, principles and concepts to understand and appreciate management issues and challenges in conducting business globally (especially in the Asia Pacific region)
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively to manage effectively in international environment and cross-cultural situation
  • access, evaluate and synthesise information from relevant sources to effectively manage international operations
  • communicate in ways appropriate to the management discipline for cross-cultural audiences and contexts
  • use and apply technologies, recognising their advantages and limitations when applied to managing internationally
  • take responsibility for their own learning by demonstrating initiative in finding new information and actively participating in varied learning experiences
  • think globally and consider management issues from a variety of perspectives
  • actively support the value of cultural diversity in improving business and professional practice
  • demonstrate leadership, ethical practice and professional integrity when working within a cross-cultural team and independently

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Regional campuses may offer the common first year units only.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Last updated on: May 29, 2020