Why study international business?
Reserve a seat in our business class, and you’ll be prepared to work anywhere in the world.
International Business students study commerce with a global perspective. In addition to examining management, marketing and finance in international contexts, courses draw insights from experts in the fields of politics, economics, and sociology.
You’ll acquire international street sense, adapting business models to differing workplaces, planning for cross-border tax, banking or legal issues, understanding trade dispute contexts, or addressing cultural sensitivities in global marketing campaigns.
Opportunities to practice real cultural exchanges exist inside and outside the classroom. Montreal, a multilingual and multicultural city, is the perfect place to pick-up a second (or third) language. And JMSB students hail from over 100 countries: nearly a fifth are Francophone and a quarter speak a third language as their mother tongue.
International business will allow you to do business in the global marketplace, make ethical decisions in an international context, and motivate consumers from different cultures.
BComm in International Business:
A Bachelor of Commerce degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background. All JMSB students study a core business curriculum coupled with a JMSB major, which may be combined with a minor in another discipline or any combination of elective courses that interest them.
- Core business courses (42 credits)
- International Business major courses (24 credits)
- Electives (24 credits) which may include a business minor (12 credits)
JMSB minor in International Business:
A minor in International Business (12 credits) is available only to JMSB undergraduate students. This minor fulfils half of the 24 elective credits in your BComm and complements your major field of study.
Concordia is a diverse university with a large international student body. Many international organizations operate here, including:
- Concordia International
- Concordia International Students Association
- John Molson International Business Association
- International Ethnic Association Council
International Business travel
We offer chances to travel and to connect with international businesses, here in Montreal and around the world. One of the distinguishing features of the JMSB programs is our Study Abroad programs.
- JMSB International Exchange program
- Concordia Volunteer Abroad
- International Community Outreach Program
- David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise: conducts research on global sustainability issues. We invite researchers to apply for research funding of their projects.
Applying to the International Business co-op program offers you a practical approach to learning about exporting goods and services. During your paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks, you have the opportunity to deal with the challenges of a complex multicultural and multilingual marketplace, and are exposed to the legal implications of operating within a global environment.
Work terms make it possible for you to:
- Perform on-site audits of international standards procedures and implementation
- Study the implications and repercussions of international policy change on domestic and international markets
- Source, allocate and distribute local and international industrial materials
- Make short- and long-term forecasts for product sales and competition in key markets
Our degree is versatile, opening up many careers paths, including:
- International Human Resources Manager
- Trader/Market Specialist
- Business Development Manager
- Import/Export Manager
International Business graduates get hired by:
- Consulting firms
- Firms with imports, exports and small international involvement
- International organizations and NGOs
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