9 August 2019
The International Business course will help you to understand issues and challenges in doing business on a global scale. It covers the relationship of the business organisation with the wider international economic, governmental and social environments. Global management, economic and environmental approaches, techniques and strategies will also be considered.
English language requirements: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.*
Academic pre-requisites: Level 3 or equivalent
*Students who are unable to demonstrate the required competence in the English language are welcome to attend the course on a non-credit bearing basis. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.
What will you study?
The programme is structured around a project entitled “Project Africa: The new frontier”.
Project Africa: The new frontier
The saying 'China is the factory, India the back office and Africa of the world' suggests that national boundaries have increasingly become less relevant for companies and business organisations as they seek to expand their businesses into global markets. They do this for various reasons such as to compensate for the decline in the domestic market, first mover advantage, enhance competitiveness and reputation, build an international brand, reduced taxes and less regulation in other markets. To do this, businesses are using different strategies ranging from passive exports to establishing international new ventures in targeted markets.
In order to enter a specific market and successfully establish a market for your products, you will need to understand the dynamics and other issues such as culture, moral values, business ethics, regulatory requirements, etc. that exist in the target market. Given this background, it is essential to identify products that are relatively unique in a new market like Africa, then carry out feasibility study (research) into the market and determine the most appropriate strategy for launching the product or service. A new international market is often regarded as a project in which teams are established to spearhead the project which in this case is PROJECT AFRICA.
During the three weeks, Project Africa will help to develop your skills and knowledge of the strategies, approaches and techniques of doing international business, as well as the associated operations and risks in the global context.
Academic status: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS / 3 US credits)
GBP 2200: What is included in your fee:
Accommodation for three weeks
Airport pick-up and drop-off (from Birmingham and Heathrow Airport only)
Breakfast and lunch vouchers to use in the University’s cafe
Cultural visits to London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford
Programme of social events
International Summer School t-shirt
Please note travel to the UK, visa costs and other personal travel and living expenses are not included eg evening meals. We suggest that students should budget a figure of approximately £10 - £50 per day for additional food and drink.