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International Business


What is International Business?

The international business program offers exposure to complexities of international dimensions of several disciplines such as management, marketing, finance, as well as politics, economics, and sociology. The international business program at JMSB helps students tackle challenges of a complex multicultural, multilingual and a globally competitive environment as well as exposes them to managerial challenges of international trade and of working under different legal jurisdictions.

Why study International Business at Concordia?

Montreal’s historic and multicultural character is reflected in the student body and faculty at Concordia. Studying International Business at Concordia offers students countless opportunities to develop skills in more than one language and to work with peers from a variety of cultural backgrounds along with an opportunity to acquire academic knowledge of the international business world. Of the more than about 35,000 students studying at Concordia, close to 10% are foreign students from over 160 countries. JMSB faculty members represent 31 countries among them. Of the students from Canada, about 59% of students are Anglophone, 16% are Francophone and 25% claim a third language as their mother tongue. Furthermore, Concordia is the host and home of several International case competitions; Concordia has partner institutions in over 30 countries; many organizations operating at Concordia have an international significance; and there are many opportunities for international involvement at Concordia.

What potential skills can I acquire through an International Business (IB) education?

  • “World becomes my oyster”
    • Ability to think globally
    • Understanding of global economy
    • Awareness of international political developments
    • Understanding of economic relationships between countries
    • Assess international environmental dimensions and establish their effect on business operations
    • Country-specific knowledge
    • Knowledge of business – government relations
  • Skills at handling business challenges in an international context
    • Knowledge of foreign and international legal issues
    • Understanding of international commercial and economic disputes
    • Knowledge of international tax systems
    • Knowledge of strategic planning – market entry and impediments to market entry
    • Organization of international negotiations
  • Finance related IB skills
    • Banking practices in different countries
    • Knowledge of foreign financial markets
    • Comfort with moving money across countries
    • Dealing with foreign currencies
    • Handling risks associated with exchange rates
    • Ability to handle loans in different currencies from different markets
    • Understanding challenges of international investment decisions
  • Marketing related IB skills
    • Conduct research on foreign markets
    • Understanding how culture, infrastructure, government and consumer characteristics affect international marketing
    • Ability to adapt marketing campaigns across cultures
    • International sales forecasts and industry outlook
  • International HRM skills
    • Motivating across cultures
    • Ethical decision making in a global context
    • Comfort in dealing with colleagues from different cultures
    • Understanding need for changes in styles of management and leadership in international assignments
    • Ability to adapt to living in different cultures

Who employs IB graduates?

  • Multinationals
  • Banks
  • Consulting firms
  • Firms with imports, exports and small international involvement
  • International organizations
  • Government
  • Foreign representations of governments
  • NGO
  • Travel, tourism, and transportation

For more information on employers, types of jobs requiring an IB education and skills required for a career in IB, visit Career Management Services: What to do with my degree in International Business.

What international organizations operate at Concordia?

  • Concordia International - Concordia International is committed to supporting Concordia University’s internationalization policy and to offering high quality international liaison services to students, faculties and partner institutions.
  • Concordia International Students Association - CISA is a student association dedicated to all students whether local, national or international. Our goal in to bring students together in a friendly environment, to learn, share and laugh. CISA organizes various activities throughout the semester such as trips, parties and inter-university games to make sure you enjoy your semester/degree abroad while meeting people from all over the world!
  • John Molson International Business AssociationJMIBA’s mission is to provide all JMSB students with advice, academic knowledge and means to improve their knowledge related to this area. By getting involved in JMIBA events, you will gain an understanding of your business majors’ role in international arenas, establish wider networks and form a competitive edge that will set you apart from others in your field.
  • International Ethnic Association Council - The IEAC (International Ethnic Associations Council) oversees and coordinates the activities of its associations seeking to promote an alliance and solidify relations among international/ethnic student associations and other student organizations. Its main objective is to unite Concordia’s various ethnic communities, provide students with a sense of belonging, and to preserve and share our unique ethnic heritages. For more information please contact 514-848-2424 extension 3531 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The IEAC is located in the Q-Annex Office (Q-104 - Q-106) at 2010 Mackay street.

How can I get more involved in IB at Concordia?

  • International Exchange program - One of the distinguishing features of the John Molson School of Business’s undergraduate programs is our Study Abroad programs. These programs provide students with the opportunity to travel the globe, pursue credited courses at renowned international business schools, learn new and innovative business practices, experience new cultures, and make invaluable future business connections. To learn more about study abroad opportunities, visit the John Molson International Exchange Committee (JIC)
  • International Business Co-op program In the first and second semesters, students learn basic business concepts and take courses pertaining to international business. Beginning in the third semester, students alternate one semester of work and one semester of courses. By graduation, students will have completed a total of three work terms in an international business related position.
  • Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program The Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program (CVAP) is a registered non-profit organization based in the city of Montreal, Canada. CVAP's purpose is to create avenues for students to provide volunteer services in targeted regions and projects in Gulu District, northern Uganda.  This purpose is achieved through project partnership.
  • International Community Outreach Program - The International Community Outreach Program (iCOP) provides Concordia students with the opportunity to work in the developing world to transfer business knowledge, skills and experience to help improve capacity and reduce poverty.

Scholarly Activities Related to International Business

The David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, under the direction of Paul Shrivastava, conducts research on global sustainability issues. Sustainability and ecological problems are not restricted by national boundaries, and need to be examined in an international context.  The Centre is interested in examining international business practices in accounting, marketing, production, design, administration, stakeholder management, and other business functions that impact companies’ social and ecological performance.   Several current projects are examining industrial ecosystems in the UK, development of solar communities in India, and global food security.  The Centre invites researchers to apply for research funding of their projects in the above areas.

Faculty Members with International Research Interests

Zeynep Arsel, trained in sociological and anthropological theories, teaches Cross Cultural Management and Communication. In her research, Prof. Arsel tries to understand how individuals establish social distinctions through consumption practices and the implications of these distinctions on tastes and brand meanings. Her research also investigates non-market exchanges of ordinary consumer goods by individuals, and the implications of this type of exchange on sustainability and consumer wellbeing.

Nilanjan Basu,
in the department of finance has just commenced some work on international mergers and acquisitions in emerging as well as developed markets.

Marylène Gagné,
specialist in organizational behavior, has been conducting a project with colleagues around the world involving the development and validation of a self-report measure of work motivation in now over 10 languages tested in several countries across the 5 continents. This research also involves examining the cross-cultural applicability of what leads workers to be highly engaged, such as leadership, compensation and job design. The project also aims to examine outcomes of different types of motivation on worker performance and well-being across cultures.

Arvind K. Jain
specializes in the area of International finance. His research has included the following: international arbitrage in commodity markets, lending pattern of international banks, herding behavior of international banks, 1982 third world debt crisis, economic development and international trade, exchange exposure, political risk, corruption, and the present economic crisis.

Lea Prevel Katsanis
of marketing department specializes on the global pharmaceutical industry and the marketing issues which face the key stakeholders.

Paul Shrivastava
in the department of management is working in two areas. His work on art and sustainable enterprise in collaboration with Dr. Silvester Ivanaj from France will develop a conceptual framework for integrating arts and aesthetic inquiry into enterprise sustainability.  It will also build an instrumental or practical project that uses arts-based methods for achieving organizational and community sustainability. His project on Solar Communities, in collaboration with a colleague in India, will develop business models for creating services for non-electrified communities in the state of Jharkhand.  Small scale solar energy plants are used to provide electricity and this energy is used to create business and social services to encourage local on-site economic development.

Curriculum for Undergraduate International Business Degree

IBUS 462, IBUS 466 and IBUS 492 are 3 required courses for all students choosing international business as their major. The IB major requires students to choose 5 other courses from the following table with some restrictions which are explained in the undergraduate calendar.

IB minor requires 12 credits (4 courses); of these 12 credits, 9 must be from IBUS 462, IBUS 466 and IBUS 492 and the remaining 3 credits can be chosen from MANA 299, IBUS 370, IBUS 465, IBUS 471, IBUS 493.

Download the course descriptions for International Business courses offered at the undergraduate level.

Click here for more information on Business Minors.


Course Number Course Name
IBUS 370
International Financial Management (also listed as FINA 370)
IBUS 462
Environment of World Business (also listed as MARK 462)
IBUS 465
International Marketing Management (also listed as MARK 465)
IBUS 466 Management of Multinational Corporations (also listed as MANA 466)
IBUS 471 Topics in International Business
IBUS 471C Business Environment in Emerging Economies - Emphasis on East Asia
IBUS 492 Cross-Cultural Communications and Management (also listed as MARK 492)
IBUS 493 International Business Law(also listed as MANA 493)
ECON 319 International Economic Policy and Institutions
POLI 305 International Political Economy
POLI 311 International Public Law
POLI 315 International Organizations
POLI 394 Globalization and Sustainable Development

  • Students can declare a business double major in the BComm program, replacing any previously declared business minor. The John Molson School of Business may impose quotas on some majors.
  • For more information and course descriptions see the Concordia Undergraduate Calendar.
  • Course timetables for upcoming semesters can be found on the Concordia University Class Schedules website.

Testimonials

Mihai Gheorghian, International Business major – studied abroad 2009

Mihai Gheorghian, International Business major – studied abroad 2009 "I decided to study at JMSB because it offered me the opportunity to get some concrete business knowledge and real life experience. The international business program really caught my attention because I’m planning on working for a MNC and eventually, I would like to start my own international company.  The best decision I made, besides choosing to study international business at JMSB, was to apply to go on exchange. I was very fortunate to go on exchange at the National University of Singapore and it was the best experience of my life. I met a lot of international students from all over the world and this provides great international networking opportunities. I am now the president of the John Molson International Exchange Committee and a proud JMSB Lead. I currently have a graphic and web design business called Konectii Design (www.konectii.com/design).   In the near future, I want to give back as much as possible to the JMSB community and I look forward to creating a new and successful business within the international community. "


Jesse Lambert- Minichilli, International Business major – studied abroad 2010

Jesse Lambert- Minichilli, International Business major – studied abroad 2010 "As part of my international business training at JMSB, I have recently come back from an 8 months exchange abroad. One part consisting of work in Rome and the other involved the study abroad program in Turin, Italy. Turin is a fairly big city located in the northern part of Italy with a population of approximately 2 million inhabitants. A very Italian city, Turin allowed me to truly experience how it is to be an Italian. It was there that I learned how to speak, eat, and 'sign language' as the Italians do. I absolutely loved my time there so much that I decided to stay an extra 4 months to further dive into the culture and educate myself about a new way of life. Concordia's study abroad program allowed me the opportunity to study abroad, it expanded my horizons, ambitions and I truly believe that the experience made me a much better person. I am so very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to study abroad and would recommend the experience to any student."


Alexandra Hebrard, International Business major – Co-op program

Alexandra Hebrard, International Business major – Co-op program "JMSB’s International Business Co-op program offers an interesting opportunity for its students—to pursue their studies in a setting where the gap between academics and real-world experience is abridged. During my 8-month internship with General Electric, I consolidated my academic, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills. I have also gained a better understanding of the inner workings of a multinational corporation and the role corporate culture plays in the lives of employees.  Having the opportunity to interact with a wide range of international customers, I learned to asses situations from different perspectives, further proving how differences in cultures may affect the outcome of business decisions."


What will I learn if I major in International Business?

Contact Us

General questions about the International Business (IB) program should be directed to the Undergraduate Office or the MBA Office whose information is provided below.

To provide information or to update this web page, please email the director of the IB program whose information is also provided below.

JMSB Undergraduate Student Affairs Office

General Information
Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 2721
Office: MB 4.201

Admissions Information
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JMSB Academic Advising
For current Concordia students only
Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 2721

John Molson Graduate Programs Office

Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 2708
Office: MB 11.122

International Students Office

For current and newly admitted International students seeking help with documentation

Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 3515
Office: H-653

Admissions Information, Birks Student Service Centre

Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 2668
Office: LB-185

International Business Program

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Arvind K. Jain
Director, International Business Program
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Office: MB 12.301

Assistant to Director:
Phone: 514-848-2424 ext. 5687
Office: MB 12.250