Careers in International Business

Employment outlook and opportunities

International business refers to the vast array of business activities that cross national and international borders. Rapid globalization has given rise to both opportunities and hurdles as businesses face new and changing international, linguistic and cultural challenges. Graduates with a deeper understanding of global markets and trade are expected to be in high demand.

Students in this option will be able to combine business, language and international studies with a study abroad opportunity. They will start their career with knowledge of what it takes to thrive in the international business environment within their field of interest.

Skill set required

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Intercultural competency
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Foreign language skills an asset

Business Co-op

Get work experience in less familiar work environments during your degree. Business Co-op students complete a total of 12 months of full-time, paid work with up to three different companies. In 2012-13, 20% of work terms were outside BC, and past Co-op students have been able to work abroad in countries such as Germany and the United States.

International Business at UBC Sauder

International Business is completed as a double option. Students need to first register in one of the other major options as a primary specialization and submit an application to be admitted to IB as a secondary option. Visit the IB option page for more details on how and when to apply.

Getting actual international experience is also crucial to starting a career in IB, whether it is an internship, Co-op work term, or volunteer experience abroad. Be proactive and explore the many options available to you. Visit the Working abroad page to start planning. 

International Business Club

Through seminars, speakers, and social events, the International Business Club provides members with the resources and the chance to learn skills needed to succeed internationally. Learn more about this student-led club.


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