Bachelor of Business (International Business)
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RMIT has been in partnership with SIM since 1987, with over 36,000 SIM-RMIT graduates. www.rmit.edu.au
The Bachelor of Business (International Business) program is focused on producing graduates who can think critically about managing international business responsibly, and sustainably and be equipped with the skills to build a successful career across corporate/business sectors, government, third sector, and consultancy locally and overseas.
Advance your career in International Business
You will gain foundation knowledge across several areas of international business, and subsequently develop deeper knowledge and the ability to apply a range of critical perspectives across key areas of business practice and management.
Professional Accreditation or Recognition
Graduates of the programme are eligible to apply for membership of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML).
Enrolled students are eligible for student membership and graduates are eligible for individual membership of the Export Council of Australia (ECA).
For further information on accreditation benefits, professional body guidance and membership opportunities for students and graduates, visit:
Graduates may further their studies in the Masters programme.
RMIT's aim is for international business graduates to become better global citizens because they have benefited from examining business practices through a global lens, and through a socially responsible business lens. You will emerge with an understanding of how various activities within and between organisations and industry sectors are connected.
The roles and industries an international business qualification can lead to include:
- policy development and advice, especially within an organisation
- a wide range of trade, and finance related roles
- business analyst
- logistics and supply chain management roles, such as advising procurement managers regarding fair trade and ethical sourcing in logistics import/export industries
- government relations and consultancy, for example, advising on trade-related issues
- economic research and developing economic policy or regulatory guidelines
- management consultant
- business roles relating to corporate social responsibility and sustainability, with respect to business strategy, rankings, ethical ratings and indexes, and improving business consultation, partnerships, and social and environmental impacts.
RMIT engages Singapore-based lecturers who demonstrated professional and academic competence. They are supported by RMIT Academic Staff who regularly visit Singapore for consulting, monitoring the programme, moderating assessment and intensive teaching sessions.
The programmes focus on both the theory obtained in the classrooms, while students develop an understanding and the confidence to be effective in practice. Beside lectures, students do case studies, problem-solving exercises, projects and self-managed learning activities.
Lectures are normally conducted by both RMIT Academic Staff and Local Lecturers.
Full-Time lectures are typically of 3 hours duration per session with 10 to 15 minutes break, which are held in the mornings or in the afternoons on weekdays at SIM Headquarters, 461 Clementi Road, Singapore 599491.
The maximum allowed period for a student to complete the programme for full-time is
Full programme (24 modules): 4.5 years
Advanced 1 (16 modules): 3 years
Advanced 2 (12 modules): 2.5 years
Minimum Class Size
Minimum class size to commence: 50 students. Students will be informed within 30 days before class commences.
To be awarded the Bachelor of Business (International Business) degree, student must complete, or exempted from completing (depending on their advanced standing status), a total of 24 modules comprising:
8 Common Core Modules
- BUSM4192 Introduction to Management
- ACCT2060 Accounting in Organisations and Society
- ECON1025 Prices and Markets
- MKTG1199 Marketing Principles
- ECON1035 Business Statistics 1
- ECON1016 Macroeconomics 1
- ISYS2059 Business Information Systems
- LAW2446 Commercial Law
8 Degree Major Modules
- BUSM1227 International Business
- BUSM4551 Creativity, Innovation and Design
- BAFI1005 Financial Markets
- ECON1089 International Trade
- OMGT2246 Global Trade Operations
- BUSM4690 Managing International Business Responsibly
- BUSM4697 Cross Cultural Management
- BUSM4694 Political Economy of International Business
8 Electives, which may be made up of :
- 1 Second Business Major; OR
- 1 Business Minor and 1 Second Minor; OR
- 1 Business Minor and 4 Electives
For List of available Majors, Minors and Electives, click here
For Modules Outline, click here
Applicants should have one of the following qualifications:
- 3 GCE ‘A’ level passes or
- Minimum of 3 H2 level subjects with a pass or above
- An RMIT approved non-business diploma from any of the local polytechnics
- An RMIT approved relevant business diploma from SIM or any of the local polytechnics
Other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the university.
If an applicant does not satisfy the minimum entry requirement, the applicant may be able to satisfy the requirement if they can produce evidence of other equivalent qualifications or combination of qualifications and experience as assessed by RMIT University on a case-by-case basis.
For Information on Overseas Qualifications, click here
English Language Requirements
Applicants who have not achieved a minimum of C or better in General Paper at AS/H1 Level or Knowledge and Inquiry at H2 must provide evidence of at least ONE of the following:
- IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
- TOEFL - Paper-Based = 580 (TWE 4.5);
- TOEFL - internet-Based Test (iBT) = 92, with minimum of 20 in all sections;
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A) = 58 (no communication band less than 50);
- Cambridge English: (Advanced CAE) (up to 2014) = 58 with no less than 'borderline' in each skill;
- Cambridge English: (Advanced CAE) 2015 onwards: 176 with no less than 169 in any component;
- RMIT English Worldwide (REW) Advanced Plus or equivalent;
- Successful completion of a recognised approved Diploma qualification or higher, where the language of instruction was English.
- Have successfully studied Singapore Cambridge 'A' levels at a Singaporean high school for at least 2 years and met the academic entry criteria of 3 A/H2 level passes
- Other equivalent qualifications approved by RMIT will be considered.
3 years: S$44,426.40 for 24 modules, payable over 6 semesters
2 Years: S$29,617.60 for 16 modules, payable over 4 semesters
1.5 Years: S$22,213.20 for 12 modules, payable over 3 semesters
- The fees quoted for the 2018 July intakes are based on S$1,851.10 per module (inclusive of prevailing GST).
- The programme fee is exclusive of textbooks.
- Actual semester fees may vary depending upon exemptions granted and modules taken.
- First semester fees payable upon acceptance of offer. Subsequent semester fees payable before commencement of semester.
- Students who repeat a failed module must pay a repeat fee of S$1,851.10 per module (inclusive of prevailing GST). Not all modules will be offered every semester.
Scholarships & Awards
Applicants holding qualifications other than a recognised diploma from SIM GE or a Singapore local polytechnic, should apply for advanced standing at the time of application. On receipt of a credit application, RMIT will assess your previous study to determine if the body of knowledge and practice has changed significantly. If the course content has changed significantly and you have not maintained sustained practice in the field of study, your application may be rejected.
Diploma holders from SIM GE or a Singapore local polytechnic
Holders of a recognised diploma from SIM GE or a Singapore local polytechnic will be granted advanced standing in RMIT business degrees.
Depending on the degree in which a student enrols:
- Diplomas categorised as business diplomas are granted 12 exemptions.
- Diplomas categorised as non-business diplomas are granted up to 8 exemptions.
For details on diplomas groups and applicable credit: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/bus/singaporecredit
Average teacher-student ratio 1:107
Smallest Class Size: 6
Largest Class Size: 317
Assessment & Exams
Students are normally assessed by continuous assessments in the form of mid-term class tests, individual and group assignments and projects, case studies discussion and class presentations.
Most modules have a final examination at the end of semester. The examinations are held in late April/mid-May for semester commencing in January and in late October/mid-November for semester commencing in July. The examinations are scheduled on weekdays and Saturdays, in the morning and afternoon.
Students are usually allowed to repeat a module once only. For advanced modules with pre-requisites, students are required to satisfactorily meet the pre-requisites before undertaking the modules.
Local students: 75%
International students: 90%
Award & Graduation
Students will be considered as being eligible for the award of Bachelor of Business (International Business) when they have satisfactorily completed all academic requirements of the programme as detailed in the programme structure.