International Business – Bachelor of Business

Gain the knowledge and skills, critical to business success in times of global challenges.

Where you can study

Auckland campus
Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand

Specialise in International Business for your Bachelor of Business at Massey

The Bachelor of Business (International Business) gives you the skills to manage the world of international business. You will learn the many challenges that come from doing business with different countries. You’ll understand how to negotiate and communicate across cultural and linguistic barriers.

The global economy has a major impact on our daily lives. The products we use, the financial transactions we undertake and our jobs are all subject to international business decisions. Understanding these impacts allows us to work more effectively in society and in business.

Massey’s international business specialisation has a comprehensive range of courses. You’ll learn about cross-cultural management, international business strategy, the political economy of international business, regional economic integration and contemporary issues relevant to international business.

The qualification centres around the Asia-Pacific business environment and its impact on Australasian business organisations.

You’ll also look at the bigger picture, focusing on the global environment in areas of international business, no matter where you are.

The Bachelor of Business will give you the leadership, communication and critical thinking skills that will make you a sought-after employee. It will give you skills you can use in many different types of businesses, in New Zealand and around the world.

Further study

You may wish to consider going on to postgraduate study once you have finished your degree such as the Master of Management or the research-focused Master of Business Studies.

A Bachelor of Business in International Business is a good fit if you:

  • are interested in international affairs and how trade works
  • would like to help New Zealand’s economy
  • like working together with people from different cultures.

Planning information

The BBus provides considerable flexibility, enabling you to take control of your own programme within the regulations.

If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

Core business courses

There are ten core business courses and you must pass at least eight of them. The core courses are 115111115112, 115113, 115114, 115115, 115116115211115212, 115230 and 115340.

You must pass at least 60 credits of 100-level core courses within the first 120 credits, and and at least 30 credits of 200 or 300-level core courses within the first 240 credits of study towards the degree.

These are courses which cover topics across the business spectrum. They are designed to give you the leadership, communication and solid business skills that you will need in your career.


Completing a minor is optional. Minors increase the breadth of your degree. They give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities.

A minor must be in a different subject from your major.

A Bachelor of Business (International Business) with a minor

You may choose a minor from any University undergraduate degree that has recognised minors. If the minor is from another undergraduate degree, the regulations of that programme will apply.

An International Business minor (for students who are studying a different degree)

If you are not studying a Bachelor of Business (International Business) and wish to complete a minor in International Business see the BBus regulations for the requirements of this minor.  

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Compulsory courses

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Course code: 152261 International Business 15 credits

A study of business and management from an international perspective. This course provides an introduction to the conduct of business in the global environment by exploring different forms of international business activity in the context of regionalism and globalism.

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Course code: 152264 International Supply Chain Management 15 credits

An introduction to the applied aspects of supply chain management in international business.

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Course code: 152350 Strategic Management and Governance 15 credits

An examination of strategic management concepts, the tools and techniques of strategic analysis, and issues associated with governance including business ethics.

Prerequisites: Any 200 level Management course Restrictions: 152341, 152365

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Course code: 152366 Operational Management of International Business 15 credits

Managing the operational effectiveness of the enterprise conducting business in international markets including international supply chain, quality, and distribution management.

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Course code: 219304 Intercultural Communication 15 credits

This course compares the communication behaviours of different cultures. Students will develop skills that help them analyse and address intercultural conflicts and issues, and gain skills that allow them to communicate effectively in intercultural contexts.

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Compulsory Capstone course

Course code: 152399 Integrative Management 15 credits

A collaborative capstone course that requires students to demonstrate the ability to apply theory and practice to complex organisational problems.

Prerequisites: Any 1143xx or 1523xx or 1573xx course

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Subject courses

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Course code: 152203 Business and Society 15 credits

A study of the interplay of business and society in the context of business development and contemporary business practice.

Restrictions: 52101

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Course code: 152233 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 15 credits

This introductory course develops understanding of the key concepts in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Restrictions: 152230

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Course code: 152252 Project Management 15 credits

An introduction to the theory and methods employed in project management.

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Course code: 152270 Māori Management 15 credits

Māori Management is designed for people who have a responsibility for undertaking management activities related to Māori business development and commercial activities. It examines the history and structure of Māori organisations, contemporary management structures and the impact of associated government policies and legislation.

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Course code: 153200 Introduction to Dispute Resolution 15 credits

An introduction to the modes of dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation and arbitration and the relevant law.

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Course code: 241201 Chinese 2A 15 credits

Provides students with intermediate level of proficiency in Putonghua (Mandarin), building on skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Intermediate level structures, vocabulary and characters are reinforced through oral and written exercises. Students acquire the tools appropriate to this level to discuss topics relevant to themselves and to Chinese culture and society.

Prerequisites: 241102 or appraisal required Restrictions: 241202, 241301, 241302, 241304, 241305

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Course code: 242201 Japanese 2A 15 credits

This course provides students with a pre-intermediate level of reading, writing, listening and speaking proficiency in Japanese building on skills established in prior study. Student will use a range of written and oral exercises to practise new grammatical structures, vocabulary and approximately 80 new kanji, and will acquire the tools to discuss topics of relevance to themselves and Japanese culture and society at an appropriate level.

Prerequisites: 242102 or appraisal required Restrictions: 242202, 242301, 242302, 242304, 242305, 242306, 242307

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Course code: 243201 Intermediate French Language I 15 credits

An intermediate-level review of written and spoken French, further developing skills in vocabulary, grammar, composition, comprehension, and oral communication.

Prerequisites: 243102 or 164107 or equivalent Restrictions: 243202, 243301

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Course code: 245201 Intermediate Spanish Language I 15 credits

Intermediate level written and oral comprehension and communication skills in Spanish, providing a broad linguistic base for the study of Spanish and Latin American culture, literature and civilisation.

Prerequisites: 245102 Restrictions: 245202, 245301

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Course code: 114330 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace 15 credits

An examination of issues, opportunities, and responses to managing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

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Course code: 115388 Internship in Business 30 credits

Provides an individual practical experience in business, linking theory to practice. It consists of a period of supervised study and practical experience in an area related to individual disciplinary and professional interests.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 115389 Business Internship 15 credits

This course provides an individual practical experience in business in which students deliver a set project in a business, linking theory to practice.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 152336 Leadership Practice 15 credits

A critical analysis of the theory and practice of leadership relevant to public and private organisations and the development of ethical leadership and citizenship in a variety of socio-cultural contexts.

Restrictions: 152328, 152329

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Course code: 152338 Cultural Perspectives on Entrepreneurship 15 credits

An examination of interconnections between entrepreneurship, culture and diversity, including social identities such as gender, ethnicity and indigeneity, age, religion, and sexual identity. Students will consider how these aspects shape entrepreneurial thinking and practice, with particular emphasis on the experiences of Māori in Aotearoa NZ.

Prerequisites: 152233 or 152234

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Course code: 241301 Chinese 3A 15 credits

Provides students with pre-advanced level proficiency in Putonghua (Mandarin), building on skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Pre-advanced level structures, vocabulary and characters extend and refine linguistic capabilities through oral and written exercises, and students will acquire comprehension and communication skills to deal confidently and accurately with various situations.

Prerequisites: 241202 or appraisal required Restrictions: 241302

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Course code: 242301 Japanese 3A 15 credits

This course provides students with a pre-advanced level of reading, writing, listening and speaking proficiency in Japanese building on skills established in prior study. Students will continue to extend and refine their ability in Japanese through using a range of exercises practising more advanced vocabulary and idioms, grammatical structures, respect language (keigo) and approximately 244 new kanji. Students will be expected to develop comprehension and communication skills to deal confidently and accurately with various situations.

Prerequisites: 242202 or appraisal required Restrictions: 242302

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Course code: 243301 Advanced French Language 15 credits

For students with an autonomous level of oral and written French. An advanced-level course in French to further develop written and oral comprehension, expression and analysis, based on contemporary texts and recordings.

Prerequisites: 243202 or equivalent

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Course code: 245301 Advanced Spanish Language 15 credits

Advanced level skills in reading, free composition, listening comprehension and oral communication in Spanish, illustrating aspects of contemporary Spanish and Latin American culture and society.

Prerequisites: 245202

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Can't meet the entry requirements?

If you need to do a course before you start your qualification, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

Almost every large organisation has international operations in some form. Even small businesses are engaging in international business: exporting, licensing and negotiating alliances with overseas partners.

A graduate of the BBus (International Business) will have valuable skills to contribute to all organisations involved in international business operations.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

What our students say

“My studies enabled me to pursue my new-found areas of interest in international business development and business strategy.”
Flavio Hangarter

Startup Analyst - ecentre

Accreditations and rankings

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.

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QS Ranking - Business Management Studies

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 350 universities for business and management.

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