Commerce (International) - 3558

Program Summary

Faculty: Australian School of Business

Contact:  Australian School of Business Student Centre

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 424004

ATAR: 97  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Commerce (International Studies)

Bachelor of Commerce (International Studies) (Honours)

Bachelor of Commerce (International Studies) (Major)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

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The B Commerce (International) has been revised for students commencing in 2013.

Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks.

The Bachelor of Commerce (B Com (International)), which includes a one year international exchange component, is a highly valued business qualification. The program is designed for students who want to complement their business degree with international studies (including asian studies, european studies or languages), and also for those students who want to align their degree with their interests and careers ambitions in accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing or information systems.

Program Benefits:
  • Highly regarded by industry
  • Provides students with business fundamentals and the option to explore their interests
  • Prepares students academically, technically and professionally
  • Equips students with the skills and knowledge to pursue a variety of career options in business organisations, government and non-government agencies, nationally and internationally
  • Allows students to obtain accreditation in the fields of accounting, marketing and human resource management
  • The international exchange component develops students’ international experience and outlook

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the BCom (International), students will have the ability to:
  • demonstrate business knowledge and apply that knowledge in business problems
  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • present complex issues in coherent written statements and oral presentations
  • demonstrate understanding of disciplinary issues in a local or global context
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles of working collaboratively in teams
  • understand the social and ethical dimensions in their chosen disciplinary areas
  • understand international and intercultural issues and their impact on business behaviours and practice

Program Structure

The program normally consists of 32 courses or 192 UOC in approved courses, to be completed over a period of 4 academic years.

These UOC need to be made up of 4 components:

1. Commerce Depth (96UOC) consists of:
  • Compulsory core courses
  • Flexible core courses
  • Major requirements
Compulsory core courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses)
Flexible core courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses). Students should choose 4 courses from the following list:
Major requirements 48 UOC in an approved disciplinary stream offered by the Australian School of Business (See Table A), containing at least 18 UOC at level 3. Note that the 48UOC includes the first disciplinary course(s) in the Core (Compulsory or Flexible). This means that, for the majority of majors, students will complete 42 UOC in specified disciplinary courses outside the core.

One course within the major is to be in the international-labelled course in the relevant discipline, such as: ACCT3601, ECON2111, ECON2322, ECON3104, ECON3116, FINS3616, FINS3650, LEGT2756, LEGT2790, LEGT3791, MARK2071, MGMT2101, MGMT2102, MGMT3102, MGMT3701.

Students may need to complete additional commerce course(s) to ensure they fulfil the 96 UOC of business courses requirement.

2. International Depth (24UOC) consists of:
  • Intercultural and Cross-cultural course, MGMT2102
  • Studies of the Region (2 courses to be completed while on exchange)
  • Capstone international course, MGMT3110
Intercultural and Cross Cultural Study accounts for 6 UOC (1 course). This course, MGMT2102 Managing Across Cultures is to be completed prior to undertaking the 1 year compulsory exchange.

Studies of the Region accounts for 12 UOC (2 courses). These courses are part of the 48 UOC completed while undertaking the compulsory 1 year exchange at an overseas institution. This exchange, or Commerce Overseas Program (COP), is to be taken during your 4th and 5th semester of (full-time) study, i.e. during semester 2 of Year 2 and semester 1 of Year 3.

Approved Studies of the Region courses must relate to the country or region of the COP placement - for example, language of the region, history of the region, geography of the region, politics or business practices of the regions - or be international or global in nature.

Studies of the Region courses are separate to the Commerce depth component and the Focussed International Studies component. The Studies of the Region courses need to be approved by the Australian School of Business Student Centre.

To proceed on the Commerce Overseas Program (COP) students must have achieved satisfactory academic progress in their first and second years of study and must fulfil the requirements of the University's Exchange Program.

Capstone international course (6 UOC). MGMT3110, Integrative Seminar in Global Business, is to be completed within the subsequent two semesters following exchange.

3. Focussed International Studies (24UOC)

These courses are from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and are to be taken within ONE area of Asian Studies, Development Studies, European Studies, Globalisation Studies, International Relations, Language Studies, Politics or History (See Table A). If a student wishes to complete a major or minor in their chosen International Studies area by using some UOC from their Free Electives, please refer to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website for details of the courses and requirements.

4. Free Electives account for up to 48 UOC (8 courses).

These courses may be used in many ways. They can be used to complete a second business major or a business minor, expand the International Studies courses into a major or minor, or may be taken from any Faculty

Table A

Business - Discipline Streams
  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Business Law
  • Business Strategy & Economic Management
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Taxation

International Studies - Discipline Streams:
  • Asian Studies
  • Development Studies
  • European Studies
  • Globalisation Studies
  • International Relations
  • Language Studies (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Hispanic, Korean)
  • Politics
  • History


High achieving students may apply to undertake honours in the area of their Commerce major. Honours is an additional year of full-time study (48 UOC) which provides students with advanced knowledge of their chosen field and develops research and communication skills. Students usually complete advanced courses/seminars and a thesis.

Students interested in studying at Honours Level require a minimum WAM of at least 70, with requirements varying across disciplines. Interested students should refer to the relevant Honours stream record for entry requirements and contact the Honours Co-ordinator in the relevant School.

Academic Rules

Rules relating to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Commerce shall apply wherever relevant. Students are advised to consult the Academic Rules for further information.


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Further Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change. Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks

Contact the Australian School of Business Student Centre for advice.
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