Business Administration – International Business Program (with work experience) (B161)

Business Administration – International Business
School of Management
St. James Campus
3 years (6 semesters in-class, 2 semesters work experience)
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
The field of International Business encompasses a variety of disciplines, including finance, sales, marketing and human resources. Graduates of the Business Administration – International Business (with work experience) program at George Brown College in Toronto will be prepared to perform management, negotiation, research, planning and other functions related to business in general and international business in particular.

Full Program Descriptions


The field of International Business encompasses a variety of disciplines including finance, sales, marketing and human resources. Consequently Business Administration – International Business program graduates will be prepared to perform in a variety of specialized areas such as international market entry and distribution, international trade management, international negotiation and trade research, international marketing, international trade finance, planning, logistics, legal aspects of international trade and other functions related to business in general and international business in particular. Graduates of this program will have demonstrated their knowledge, skills and abilities related to international business, and will have prepared for careers that include negotiators, freight forwarders, logistics and marketing.

You will learn about:

  • Documents and procedures supporting the movement of products and services in a global supply chain
  • Statutory and regulatory compliance
  • International payment instruments and options
  • Foreign exchange strategies
  • Human resource strategies in an international operation

Accredited Partnership with FITT

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George Brown College has partnered with FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) to offer the FITTskills program. FITT is an international trade training and professional certification body. As the only organization of its kind in the world, FITT sets the standards and designs the training programs leading to the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation. FITT’s quality training programs impart knowledge and practical skills that provide a competitive advantage to trade practitioners and elevate their position in world markets.

Note: The requirements for each designation/certification are set by the granting body, not George Brown College. In order to qualify for any of these designations/certifications, you need to follow the process listed on its website and meet all the requirements applicable to you.

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This program (B161) is offered with Work Experience. Students wishing to apply for Business Administration – International Business without work experience should apply to B131.

Field Education 

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required

Your Field Education Options 

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship Work Term)

This program requires the successful completion of two semesters of work experience to graduate. This work experience is either co-op (paid) or internship (unpaid). Either one will give you the practical experience employers value.

George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience opportunities they believe would provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program. This valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resume.

In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience, George Brown College endeavours to provide field education opportunities with real world challenges and clients. Find out more about field education at the Centre for Business.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

In order to graduate from the B161 program, you need to complete 38 courses: 33 Mandatory courses, 2 Business Electives and 3 General Education Electives. For the B161 program you need to take an additional course, the Work Experience Prep Course (BUS 1000) in semester 3, and complete 2 Work Experience (Coop or Internship) Terms.

Depending on the results of your placement tests, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills-ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007. Similarly, you may be required to take MATH1027 (Business Math with Remediation) before progressing to MATH 1008. COMM1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1027 do not count towards the 37 courses required for graduation, and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please speak to the Business Office staff if you need any assistance.

General Education Courses (Semester Three, Four, Five and Six): You must complete 4 General Education courses. 1 mandatory (“Successful Social Relations” - GHUM 1087) and 3 chosen from at least 2 of the following categories: Social Sciences (GSSC), Arts and Humanities (GHUM) or Science and Technology (GSCI).

You are required to make up any failed or dropped courses before you are eligible to graduate. You can make up these classes during the day, and some are offered in the evening through Continuing Education. Please check with the Business Office staff to ensure that the Continuing Education courses are equivalent to what is taught in the full-time program. Please note that some courses may not be offered in every semester. Our staff can assist you in any special timetable requirements you may have.

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semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
BUS 1038 Business Concepts NONE
COMM 1007 College English NONE
COMP 1010 Business Computer Applications I NONE
HRM 1008 Fundamentals of HR Management NONE
MARK 1020 Principles of Marketing NONE
MATH 1008 Math for Business & Management I NONE


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 1036 Principles of Accounting NONE
BUS 1040 Project Management NONE
COMM 1034 Professional Communications I COMM1007
COMP 1115 Business Computer Applications II COMP1010
MATH 1095 Math for Business & Management II MATH 1008
PSY 1129 Organizational Behavior NONE


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics NONE
MARK 1002 Professional Selling MARK1020
MGMT 1035 Global Trade Assessment MARK1020
MGMT 4009 Operations Management MATH 1095
STAT 1012 Business Statistics MATH 1095
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations NONE
BUS 1000 Work Experience Prep Course * COMM1007& 3.0 GPA
* This course is mandatory only for students taking the Work Experience Option (B161)


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 2031 Managerial Accounting ACCT1036
BUS 1041 Small Business Management BUS1038
BUS 1044 Business Law NONE
BUS 1055 Logistics & Supply Chain Management MGMT 4009 & COMP 1115
BUS 3012 Intro. To Freight Forwarding I NONE
STS 1037 Career Planning & Development NONE
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
MGMT 1020 Management Decision Making MGMT 4009 & ACCT 2031
MGMT 2041 International Sales and Marketing MARK1002
MGMT 2042 International Market Entry Strategies BUS1038
MGMT 3008 International Trade Finance MGMT 1035
MGMT 2043 International Supply Chain Management BUS1055
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
MGMT 3006 Strategic Analysis MGMT 1020 & COMM 1034
MGMT 2029 International Trade Management MGMT 2041
BUS 3013 Intro. To Freight Forwarding II BUS3012
Select Two Business Elective
Select One General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives


Business Electives (Semester Five and Six):

Elective courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
CMMK 1114 Business Research & Report Writing COMM 1034
CMMK 1127 The Business Media in Canada COMM 1034
COMP 1113 Principles of E-Business I COMP 1010
MARK 2053 Negotiation Skills MARK 1020
MARK 3007 Services Marketing MARK 2049
BUS 1067 Field Education For Non-Coop Students, by interview only
MARK 2049 Principles of Marketing II Mark 1020
MGMT 2037 Retail Management MGMT 2037
MGMT 2036 Customer Service MARK 1020
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 1008
ECON 1021 Environmental Economics ECON 1031 or ECON 1032 or ECON 1034. ECON 1034
CMMK 1156 Talking Business COMM 1034
BUS 3015 Applied Business Planning MARK 1020, ACCT 2031, MATH 1008 & HRM 1008

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

The world is now considered a global marketplace with organizations continually seeking opportunities to expand operations across national borders. Organizations across all industries including law firms, consulting firms and manufacturers of both goods and services cater to an international clientele.

Potential positions may include:

  • Forecasting and Replenishment Analyst
  • Merchandise Assistant
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Purchasing Coordinator
  • Logistics Coordinator
There are many pathways into the Business Administration - International Business Advanced Diploma B161 (Work Experience) program including high school, work, the Business Diploma program and other college or university programs. After graduating from the program, students can go to work, or they can further their education through a graduate certificate, a professional credential or designation, or a college or university degree.

Tuition and Fees


$4,210.00 * †

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

This program includes 2 Work Experience semesters. The tuition fee for this program does NOT include the cost of Work Experience semesters. The first Work Experience fee of $450 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and the first Work Experience semester. There is an additional fee of $450 for the second Work Experience semester.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit for more information.

English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program.

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International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

Patricia Niengue, Business Administration - International Business Student

"The Business Administration – International Business program entails a variety of business courses that will prepare you to succeed in the field after you graduate. The professors in the program are experienced and well qualified to make the classes interesting and understandable. The work experience component makes me feel extremely confident in finding a good job because it gave me the opportunity to apply and develop the skills taught in the classroom. I have no doubt that, by the end of my program at George Brown, I will be equipped with the necessary skills to be successful in a very competitive business world."

Patricia Niengue (Student, Business Administration – International Business)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Business Administration – International Business (B131/161)

For inquiries related to this program (for example, course-specific information) please contact the Co-ordinator:

Anu Harder, Program Co-ordinator


Elizabeth Speers, Director, Centre for Business


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