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Next intake: 
16 July 2018
1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 8 July 2018


Enhance your professional experience or qualifications with a Graduate Diploma in Business (International Business) from VU.

You'll gain a strong foundation in business knowledge and a practical introduction to international business.

The program provides entry into global business for two groups:

  • professionals with extensive work experience but no bachelor’s degree
  • graduates who wish to top up their existing qualifications.

It prepares you for a career in international private, government, or not-for-profit organisations.

The units you complete during your graduate diploma can be transferred towards the Master of Business (International Business) degree.

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

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.

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.

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Request a call back from one of our experienced VUHQ course advisers to get your questions answered.

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To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

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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 Diploma in Business (International Business), students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points College Core units 
  • 48 credit points Professional Core units

Students planning to continue onto Masters study are strongly recommended to take BMO6630 Business Research Methods as their elective unit.

Core Business Units

Professional Core Units

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit from the approved list below.

Elective Options

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;  
  5. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a wide range of international business contexts; and,  
  6. Analyse research findings applicable to global business environments.  

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.

If you enrol in a:

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.

  • Mature: Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
    Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
    Applicants with a minimum three (3) 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

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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Direct applications are due on 8 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 16 July 2018.

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