International Business Experience

Introduction

International Business Experience (IBUS20007) provides students with a broad overview of business and economics in an international context.  Students undertake a substantive international learning experience.

The Faculty of Business and Economics works in collaboration with specific partner universities globally to develop and deliver the subject content. The international experience is typically two to three weeks in duration.  All assessment tasks are determined and graded by the University of Melbourne Subject Coordinator.

Partners who have previously participated in this subject include: National Chengchi University (Taiwan); Singapore Management University (Singapore); Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China); Tsinghua University (China); and the University of Delhi (India).  International destinations differ by semester (summer/winter intensive only).

View this subject in the Handbook.

Vietnam Virtual Summer Program – November 2021 [12.5 points]

  • Spend two weeks participating in a virtual program focused on business and economics in Vietnam and learn about the complexities of managing organisations in countries transitioning to market-based economies.
  • Attend a series of lectures at FPT University Vietnam.
  • In teams, work on a company-based project within a Vietnamese organisation, under the guidance of a company representative and an academic mentor.
  • Learn about Vietnamese culture by participating in virtual social and cultural activities with your Vietnamese student buddies from FPT University.
  • Assessment tasks include: a reflective journal, research essay, and a group presentation.

India Virtual Summer Program – January 2022 [12.5 points]

  • Spend two weeks participating in a virtual study tour of India.  In this subject, you will examine economic development and business practices in the context of the Indian experience and explore relations between Australia and India on a range of issues such as geopolitics, entrepreneurship, consumer behaviour and sustainability.
  • Participate in virtual visits to government and non-government agencies as well as Indian corporations, such as Google, KPMG, the Australian High Commission, iWWage and others.  (Please note that in the current climate, organisational visits may be subject to change and these organisations should be taken as indicative only.)
  • Work collaboratively with students from O.P. Jindal Global University.
  • Participate in a range of virtual activities and immerse yourself in the culture of India.
  • Assessment tasks include: a reflective journal, research essay, and a group presentation.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants

New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grants support Australian undergraduate students to study (including virtual study) and intern in the Indo-Pacific region.

A large number of $1,000 NCP Mobility Grants are available to support study in this subject in November 2021 and January 2022.

Eligible students will automatically be considered for an NCP grant.

Eligibility requirements are:

  • You must be an Australian citizen
  • You must be aged between 18 and 28
  • You must not hold dual citizenship with the host country or have residency rights in the host country (i.e., Vietnam or India, as applicable)
  • You must not have previously received NCP funding for a short-term mobility subject

Key Dates

Vietnam Program - November 2021
ActivityKey dates
Information sessionThursday 16 September 2021, 5.15pm AEST
Applications openFriday 10 September 2021
Applications closeSunday 10 October 2021, 11.59pm AEDT
Selection outcomesWednesday 13 October 2021
Vietnam pre-program workshop (Attendance required)Friday 26 November 2021 (Time TBC)
Vietnam Program datesMonday 29 November – Friday 10 December 2021
India Program - January 2022
ActivityKey dates
Information sessionThursday 16 September 2021, 5.15pm AEST
Applications openFriday 10 September 2021
Applications closeSunday 10 October 2021, 11.59pm AEDT
Selection outcomesWednesday 13 October 2021
India pre-program workshop (Attendance required)Friday 7 January 2022 (Time TBC)
India Program datesMonday 10 January – Friday 21 January 2022

Selection Criteria

International Business Experience is available as an elective to all Bachelor of Commerce students from all majors.

Students must have completed at least 100 credit points prior to subject commencement.

There are a limited number of places available in this subject.   Students will be selected based on their:

  • Weighted average mark
  • A short statement that addresses the importance of this international experience in the context of their degree.

All students must also submit a brief one-page CV.

Information Session

An Information Session was held via Zoom on Thursday 16 September.

View the Information Session Slide Deck

Apply Now

Applications for International Business Experience Summer 2021/22 are now closed.

Assessment

Vietnam Program - November 2021
Assessment ActivityDue date
Reflective journal1 week after the end of teaching
Research Essay6 weeks after the end of teaching
Group presentationEnd of teaching period
India Program - January 2022
Assessment ActivityDue date
Reflective journal3 weeks after the end of teaching
Research Essay5 weeks after the end of teaching
Group presentation1 week after the end of teaching

Contact Us

If you have any questions about International Business Experience, please email global-engagement-fbe@unimelb.edu.au.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much will it cost?

    The cost of International Business Experience is a standard University subject.