Commerce (International) - 3558

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Business School

Contact: Forms, policies and procedures

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: 424050

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Commerce (International Studies) (Major)

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Program Description

The handbook provides you with information on the degree structure you would need to follow for the year you commence your study.

If you are a prospective student researching your study options, please visit UNSW Business School website for more information.

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.

It is assumed that students have a certain level of knowledge in advanced mathematics in order to cope well with the mathematical or statistical component of a business degree. If you are successful in obtaining a place without this assumed knowledge, you are strongly encouraged to consider studying a Mathematics Bridging Course before starting your degree.

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 UNSW Business School (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, TABL2756, TABL2790, TABL3791, 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 (24 UOC) consists of:

Intercultural and Cross-cultural course:
Plus Studies of the Region (12 UOC to be completed while on exchange);

And one Capstone international course:
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 UNSW Business School 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.

Upon returning from exchange, 48UOC is required to the transferred to your BCom(Intl) program (Refer to Academic Rule 6). Students who fail to meet this requirement are advised to contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.

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 (24 UOC)

These courses are from UNSW Arts & Social Sciences 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 UNSW Arts & Social Sciences website for details of the courses and requirements.

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

Students are free to use these UOC to complete courses from any Faculty however they need to be mindful of the program limit on Level 1 courses (84 UOC) when making their selection. Ways to use these UOC include: completing a range of courses across different Faculties; completing a second business major or a business minor; expanding the International Studies courses into a major or minor. GEN coded courses cannot be counted as Free Electives

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
  • Real Estate Studies
  • Taxation

International Studies - Discipline Streams:
  • Asian Studies
  • Development Studies
  • European Studies
  • Globalisation Studies (This stream is no longer accepting new enrolments)
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Language Studies (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Hispanic, Korean)
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Politics
Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Semester 1.

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High achieving students may undertake honours in the area of their business major by enrolling in 4501 BCom(Hons) program.

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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Professional Recognition

For further information, please refer to the Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

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 UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
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