Diploma in Business - International Business (Online)

General

Program Description

Program Details

  • Program Code: 2319
  • School: The Business School
  • Credential: Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type: Post-secondary program
  • Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters
  • Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Location: Online

Program Overview

After just two years in the Centennial College Business – International Business program, you'll be prepared for the global workplace.

This International Business program will provide you with general foundational knowledge as well as specialized international business training. The first two semesters will cover key concepts needed to build a successful business career. The final two semesters will feature specific international business courses, which will ensure you meet industry demands.

The intensive business courses will cover topics such as processing customs compliance documents, assisting in the transportation of goods to and from locations throughout the world, and taking on a support role in the marketing and sale of Canadian goods in the global marketplace.

Program Highlights

  • The International Business program is tailored so you can leverage your potential in the global business world.
  • This offering enables you to emerge as an innovative problem solver and decision-maker, with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to plan and prioritize.
  • Upon completion of this International Business program, you may be eligible for the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA) certificate, in accordance with the process prescribed by CIFFA.

Program Outline

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • BUSN-119 Fundamental of Business
  • COMM-160/161 College Communication 1
  • COMP-106 Applied Business Software 1
  • GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action
  • HRMT-301 Human Resources Management
  • MKTG-116 Principles of Marketing

Semester Note:
MATH128 prepares students for MATH119, which is a required course
for most of The Business School Diploma programs.
Applicants who test between 21/45 and 35/45 in the MATH Assessment test
will be exempted from MATH128 and will take MATH118.
Students who score 36/45 or higher will be exempted from MATH128 and MATH118
and will take MATH119.
Students who test into MATH 128 will be subject to an additional fee.
Students with an English assessment score of 170/171
may take COMM170/171 in the first semester.

  • COMM-170/171 College Communication 2
  • COMP-126 Applied Business Software 2
  • INTL-220 International Business Concepts
  • MATH-119 Mathematics of Finance II
  • OMGT-129 Introduction to Supply Chain and Business Operations














Semester 3 Semester 4
  • ACCT-123 Financial Accounting Concepts
  • ECON-302 Economics for Business & Management
  • GNED General Education Elective
  • INTL-221 Customs Services and Compliance
  • INTL-222 Global Logistics
  • INTL-224 International Business Communications and Seminars
  • INTL-234 Corporate Social Responsibility in International Business


  • BUSN-313 Careers
  • GNED General Education Elective
  • INTL-232 International Trade Research
  • INTL-233 Fundamentals of Freight Forwarding
  • INTL-303 International Financial Institutions and Trade Finance
  • MKTG-332 International Marketing

Semester Note:
Minimum Program GPA of 2.0 (C Grade average) required to graduate.

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes describe what graduates of the program have demonstrated they can do with the knowledge and skills they have achieved during their studies. The outcomes are closely tied to the needs of the workplace. Through assessment (e.g., assignments and tests), students verify their ability to reliably perform these outcomes before graduating.

  • Conduct an environmental scan to outline and analyze the impact of world issues on an organization’s international business opportunities.  
  • Contribute to market research to support an organization’s international business decision-making.  
  • Prepare documentation and follow procedures to support the movement of products and services in the organization’s global supply chain. 
  • Identify statutory and regulatory compliance issues related to an organization’s integrative trade initiatives. 
  • Select and contribute to the implementation of strategies to address the impact of cultural differences on an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.  
  • Contribute to the development of an international marketing plan to support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives. 
  • Identify and interpret relevant international financial documents and identify financial strategies that support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.  
  • Outline the components of an international business plan and assess how it impacts an organization’s priorities. 
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of team projects using organizational skills. 
  • Apply principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics to an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.  
  • Apply current technologies to support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives. 
  • Develop and present a plan for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance within the international business field. 

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Career Options, Academic Pathways, and Partners

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

You will develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio, and the available supports, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

Articulation Agreements

Start in a diploma program, end with a degree! Successful graduates of this International Business program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify to transfer credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.

Educational Partners

Once you graduate, you will have the option to seamlessly transfer into The Business School's three-year International Business program. During just one additional year, you will undertake more international business courses, have the option to work towards a university degree and pursue professional designations (CITP), and gain work experience before graduation.

Qualified graduates may also be eligible to participate in articulated programs with select universities, institutes, and professional associations. These partnerships allow them to apply credits earned at Centennial College towards further study.

The Business – International Business program's educational partners are:

  • Algoma University
  • Athabasca University
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Ontario Tech University
  • University of Windsor

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications, or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook

  • Customs compliance analyst
  • Import/export documentation specialist
  • Global logistics assistant
  • Inside sales representative
  • Logistics/transportation manager
  • Import/export entrepreneur
  • Marketing or product broker
  • Corporate social responsibility manager
  • Foreign investment analyst
  • International development officer
  • Commercial banking officer
  • Customs broker

Areas of Employment

  • Multinational corporations
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Domestic businesses operating on a global scale
  • International services such as consulting and education
  • International business development
  • Exporting
  • Importing
  • Freight forwarding
  • Customs brokerage
  • Global logistics/transportation

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

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