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Bachelor of Business (International Business)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Become a global player

Gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to contemporary businesses confronted by changes brought about by globalisation.

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What is it like?

The global economy has a major impact on our daily lives. The products we use, the financial transactions we undertake and our jobs are all subject to international business decisions. Understanding these impacts allows us to work more effectively in society and in business.

Sought-after skills

The Bachelor of Business (International Business) gives you the skills to manage the complex inter-connected world of international business. You will gain a solid knowledge of the logistical challenges that come from doing business across geographic and political boundaries. Also a firm understanding of how to negotiate and communicate across cultural and linguistic lines.

These skills are sought-after by employers the world over.

A comprehensive qualification

Massey’s international business programme has a comprehensive range of courses. You’ll learn about cross-cultural management, international business strategy, the political economy of international business, regional economic integration and contemporary issues relevant to international business. The programme centres around the Asia-Pacific business environment and its impact on Australasian business organisations.

You’ll also look at the bigger picture, focusing on the impact of the global environment on the functional areas of international business, no matter where you are situated.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s business and management studies ranks in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration, communication and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

Our lecturers are actively researching and have first-hand business experience, bringing the most relevant developments in business theory and practice to your study.

The real world

You’ll examine international business through a number of case studies and real-life examples to give you a realistic expectation and understanding of the business world.

Wide range of knowledge

You will be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise in all areas of business, like small business and innovation, human resource management, communication and marketing. That means you will graduate with a broad knowledge of general business practice and will be prepared for management roles across business.


With eight core courses, Massey’s BBus gives you more opportunities to spend more time focusing on your areas of interest. You may want to do more courses in business. Or in the arts or sciences. If you are an international student you could study English language courses. You can work on what you know are your strengths, or fill in gaps in your knowledge and skills. You will become a graduate with a well-rounded, relevant knowledge base ready to take on the working world!


There are a large number of scholarships available to first year and current Massey University business students including hardship and sports-related scholarships.

Our Future Leaders Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship to recognise emerging leaders enrolling in full-time business, communication and agricommerce programmes at Massey University.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in international affairs and how trade works
  • Would like to help New Zealand’s economy
  • Like working together with people from different cultures
Flavio Hangarter
Bachelor of Business Studies
(International Business and Finance)
Startup Analyst - ecentre

“I especially liked the flexibility of courses…”

My background is in sales and marketing and I have worked in various industries ranging from consumer products to hospitality and telecommunications. As I wanted a career change I decided to pursue my passion for international business and the financial markets, which led me to Massey University.

I especially liked the flexibility of courses. The extracurricular groups that Massey has to offer made campus life more fun and allowed me to make new friends quickly. Completing my Bachelor of Business Studies in International Business and Finance at Massey has enabled me to pursue my new-found areas of interest in international business development and business strategy.

With the connections I made at Massey during my studies, I managed to obtain an internship and later a full-time role at the ecentre business incubator where I am responsible for creating and fostering an environment of business growth aimed at entrepreneurs with a business idea, and new start-up companies. I do this by planning and managing workshops for entrepreneurial development and business execution and facilitating mentoring, coaching, training, and associated events.


As an international business graduate you will provide valuable skills to all firms and government agencies involved in international business operations.

Today, almost every large organisation has international operations in some form, and it’s an area of increasing importance. An understanding of this will enhance career opportunities and allow you to interact effectively with other managers from different cultures, or those using different business practices.

Small businesses are also increasingly engaging in international business: exporting, licensing, and negotiating strategic alliances with overseas partners. Many firms may also be impacted by the international activities of foreign and domestic competitors.

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