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Bachelor of Business (International Business)


Become a global player

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

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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 programme 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 programme 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 on 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.

Careers and further study


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.

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.

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.

Entry requirements

University admission

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

Programme admission


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

English language requirements

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

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

Before you start

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

While you study

The language used in the study of business can be technical.  If English is not your first language and you would like to increase your confidence in academic English we recommend you incorporate one of both of these programmes as electives. This will support the successful completion of your Bachelor of Business.

  • 192.101 is Academic English for ESOL Students. It includes advice, practice and assessment of reading, writing, speaking and listening at University for students from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
  • 192.102 is Academic Writing for ESOL Students. It includes advice, practice and assessment in essay and report writing for students from non-English-speaking backgrounds.

These courses both include research based written assessments of more than 1000 words.

Summer School

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

Courses and planning

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory courses (75 credits)

75 credits
152261 International Business 15
152264 International Supply Chain Management 15
152350 Strategic Management and Governance 15
152366 Operational Management of International Business 15
219304 Intercultural Communication 15

Compulsory Capstone course

152399 Integrative Management 15

Subject courses (30 credits)

15 credits from (15 credits)

15 credits
152203 Business and Society 15
152233 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 15
152252 Project Management 15
152270 Māori Management 15
153200 Introduction to Dispute Resolution 15
241201 Chinese 2A 15
242201 Japanese 2A 15
243201 Intermediate French Language I 15
245201 Intermediate Spanish Language I 15

15 credits from (15 credits)

15 credits
114330 Equity and Diversity in the Workplace 15
115388 Internship in Business 30
115389 Business Internship 15
152336 Leadership Practice 15
152338 Cultural Perspectives on Entrepreneurship 15
241301 Chinese 3A 15
242301 Japanese 3A 15
243301 Advanced French Language 15
245301 Advanced Spanish Language 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

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

Core courses are compulsory. 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.

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

Capstone course

‘Capstone’ courses are designed to be taken in your last year of study. This relies on you having completed the correct first and second year courses and ties your learning together.


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.  

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

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?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

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 will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.