International Business Degree

Increasing globalisation and the rise of international companies has seen international business degrees become more popular. Businesses are now seeking to capitalise on the opportunities that trading worldwide can offer, making international business education all the more important.

Highlighted courses and degrees in International Business


An undergraduate degree in international business will usually give you a foundation knowledge of business. You will then be able to develop this knowledge and apply it to international contexts. International business courses will cover a wide range of topics, such as finance marketing, marketing management, international management and business and management.

You will mainly be taught through lectures and seminars. There may be opportunities to take part in projects that simulate a business assignment. Some degree programmes may offer a placement as a compulsory or optional module.


Depending on where you choose to study, you may have the chance to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation will give you an opportunity to develop your knowledge in a specific area. Common specialisations include:

  • International Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • International Trade and Management
  • Global Leadership and Management
  • Marketing and Advertising

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation, this will give you a chance to further research a favoured area of international business.

Accreditation and Certification

The award gained from an international business degree will depend on where you choose to study. Countries have different accreditation systems, meaning that your accreditation can vary greatly. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of the Arts, depending on the content of your specific courses.

Timeframe and Further Studies

An undergraduate degree in international business will usually take three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

Once you have completed your undergraduate degree, you can either seek employment in your chosen field, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies might be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

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Entry Requirements for Degrees in International Business Degree

The entry requirements for an international business degree will depend on where you choose to study and your specific course. Some universities will require you to sit an entrance exam, and some may rely on your previous exam results. Some universities might prefer you to have studied certain subjects, and others may consider previous relevant work experience.

You should check each institution to see what entry requirements they have for their international business programmes.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may want to consider a pathway course.

Typical entry requirements:

  • UKIELTS 6.0
  • USAGPA 3.0

Fund Your Studies

Tuition fees for international students are not fixed. This means that they can vary greatly from institution to institution. You should make sure that you are aware of how much your course will cost you.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or funding. This could be awarded by your institution, or a separate funding body. For more information, visit our scholarships and funding section.

Typical course fees (per year):

  • UK£14,000
  • USA$40,000

Career Options

International business graduates will be able to seek employment in a wide variety of fields. You will have gained many useful and transferable skills throughout your degree, meaning you are prepared for different positions. Popular destinations include project management , media and advertising, banking, and finance and management, among many others.

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