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VU’s Graduate Certificate in International Business prepares you for a global career in corporate, government or not-for-profit organisations.

You'll learn to address the international regulation of business, and critically evaluate the impacts of decisions and practice through case studies.

Enhance your current business experience with specialised knowedge in the following areas:

  • international financial management
  • international supply-chain structure
  • Chinese business practices
  • human-resource management with a global focus.

If you choose to move into further study, units you complete as part of the graduate certificate may be credited towards our Master of International Business degree.

Victoria University’s business college provides networks and guidance from the business community.

We have well-established industry connections, and host expos where can network with business leaders and managers.

We have a strong focus on China and the Asia-Pacific region, with one unit delivered by a visiting academic from the Victoria Business Confucius Institute.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Careers in international business

Business graduates find employment in roles across finance, marketing, trade and tourism, both in Australia and overseas.

Your expertise in international trade will make you in-demand in businesses and the public sector, particularly in organisations trading in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aim for a career in one of the following areas:

  • export and import
  • joint venture/international mergers
  • international business development 
  • CSR (corporate social responsibility)
  • sustainable business
  • international licensing/franchising.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Certificate in International Business, students will be required to complete 48 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points professional core units

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply international business principles, practices and frameworks in diverse contexts and applications using creative and critical thinking;  
  2. Interpret theoretical propositions and related bodies of knowledge to resolve business problems and recommend actions relevant to international business settings;  
  3. Adapt cross-disciplinary knowledge in making creative decisions, with consideration to cross-cultural contexts, for new business opportunities;  
  4. Work effectively autonomously and in a team demonstrating accountability, collaboration and innovative strategic thinking as relevant to global business settings; and,  
  5. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a wide range of international business contexts;  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

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To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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