The field of International Business encompasses a variety of disciplines, including finance, sales, marketing, and human resources. Graduates of the Business Administration – International Business 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.

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Program name
Business Administration – International Business
Experiential learning
Field Education Course (Optional)
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

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.

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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.

This Centre for Business program is part of our School of Management.

Experiential Learning

Field Education Course (Optional)

Your Field Study options

This program (B131) is also offered with work experience. Students who wish to apply for Business Administration – International Business with Work Experience should apply to B161.

In addition to 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

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Conduct an environmental scan to evaluate the impact of world issues on an organization’s international business opportunities.
  2. Conduct, evaluate and present market research to support an organization’s international business decision-making.
  3. Prepare and analyze documentation and follow procedures to support the movement of products and services in the organization’s global supply chain.
  4. Analyze the impact of statutory and regulatory compliance on an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  5. Develop and implement strategies to negotiate effectively within various cultural environments and to address the impact of cultural differences on an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  6. Develop and present an international marketing plan, and evaluate sales strategies that support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  7. Identify and interpret relevant international financial documents and assess financial strategies that support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  8. Analyze the impact of an organization's integrative trade initiatives on its human resources management strategies, policies, and practices.
  9. Develop and present an international business plan.
  10. Plan, implement and evaluate team projects by applying project management principles.
  11. Analyze principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics, and apply them to an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  12. Select and apply current technologies to support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  13. Develop and present a plan for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance within the international business field.

Required Courses

In order to graduate from the B131 program, you need to complete 37 courses: 32 Mandatory courses, 2 Business Electives and 3 General Education Electives.

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.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2019-2020pdf file


semester courses
BUS 1038Business ConceptsNONE
COMM 1007College EnglishNONE
COMP 1010Business Computer Applications INONE
HRM 1008Fundamentals of HR ManagementNONE
MARK 1020Principles of MarketingNONE
MATH 1008Math for Business & Management INONE


semester courses
ACCT 1036Principles of AccountingNONE
BUS 1040Project ManagementNONE
COMM 1034Professional Communications ICOMM1007
COMP 1115Business Computer Applications IICOMP1010
MATH 1095Math for Business & Management IIMATH 1008
PSY 1129Organizational BehaviourNONE


semester courses
ECON 1032MacroeconomicsNONE
MARK 1002Professional SellingMARK1020
MGMT 1035Global Trade AssessmentMARK1020
MGMT 4009Operations ManagementMATH 1095
STAT 1012Business StatisticsMATH 1095
GHUM 1087Successful Social RelationsNONE


semester courses
ACCT 2031Managerial AccountingACCT1036
BUS 1041Small Business ManagementBUS1038
BUS 1044Business LawNONE
BUS 1055Logistics & Supply Chain ManagementMGMT 4009 & COMP 1115
BUS 3012Intro. To Freight Forwarding IMGMT 1035 or MGMT 1018
STS 1037Career Planning & DevelopmentNONE
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
MGMT 1020Management Decision MakingMGMT 4009 & ACCT 2031
MGMT 2041International Sales and MarketingMARK1002
MGMT 2042International Market Entry StrategiesBUS1038
MGMT 3008International Trade FinanceMGMT 1035
MGMT 2043International Supply Chain ManagementBUS1055
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
MGMT 3006Strategic AnalysisMGMT 1020 & COMM 1034
MGMT 2029International Trade ManagementMGMT 2041
BUS 3013Intro. To Freight Forwarding IIBUS3012
Select Two Business Elective
Select One General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives


Business Electives (Semester Five and Six):

Elective courses
CMMK 1114Business Research & Report WritingCOMM 1034
CMMK 1127The Business Media in CanadaCOMM 1034
COMP 1113Principles of E-Business COMP 1010
MARK 2053Negotiation SkillsNONE
BUS 1067Field EducationBy Application Only-Applications available in SJC 103 & SJA 313A
MGMT 2037Retail ManagementMARK 2049
MGMT 2036Customer ServiceMARK 1020
MGMT 3014Field Based Advanced CoachingRM 2027 and by interview only
MGMT 3015Quality Improvement through Lean/six SigmaNONE
HRM 2027Coaching for Effective Performance ManagementHRM 1008
ECON 1021Environmental EconomicsECON 1031 or ECON 1032 or ECON 1034. ECON 1034
CMMK 1156Talking BusinessCOMM 1034
BUS 3010Introduction to Customs IMGMT 1018 or MGMT 1035
BUS 3011Introduction to Customs IIBUS 3010
BUS 3015Applied Business PlanningMARK 1020, ACCT 2031, MATH 1008 & HRM 1008

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 B131 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


$4,394.00 *

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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

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)

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

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Success Stories

Patricia Niengue, Business Administration - International Business Student

Patricia Niengue (Graduate 2018, Business Administration – International Business), Junior Buyer at TDG Transit Design Group Inc.

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.

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Information Sessions

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Domestic Students Admissions

For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines, or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at or visit the Admissions web page.

International Student Admissions

For inquiries about international admission requirements, permits and visas, accommodations, or anything specific to international students, please contact the International Centre at or visit George Brown International.
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2115


For inquiries about OSAP, Bursaries, Scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at or visit the Financial Aid web page.

Entry Advising

For advice on the various program options and which program might be best suited for you, make an appointment to see an Entry Advisor. Please review these frequently asked questions or choose to book your appointment using the link provided.

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Centre for Business

For questions regarding programs at the Centre for Business or if you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our knowledgeable staff are available to assist you.

For general inquiries, please contact the Centre for Business:
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2160

Business Administration – International Business (B131/161)

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

Janine LeFort, Program Co-ordinator


Colin Williams, Chair, School of Management

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