The Online Bachelor’s Degree in International Business

Introduction

By signing the Free Trade Agreements with countries in the area and around the world, Vietnam has become an attractive destination for foreign direct investment flows, especially from multinational corporations. Many groups have decided to build production and outsourcing zones, significant areas on their map of global business for production and contribution, in Vietnam. Those corporations include leading brand names such as Honda, Intel, Samsung, LG, Microsoft, and Canon. Reacting to the trend of our era, many Vietnamese enterprises have transformed to pursue the global value chain by participating more in international oversea business operations and investments. To have a foreign trademark or product recognized by Vietnamese consumers or vice versa, all stages including business strategy planning, product distributions, pricing strategies, logistic services, insurance policies, etc. must be run smoothly. Besides, all these stages need to be operated by professionals with depth-understanding of business linking with law, economic, cultural and geographical factors. Therefore, international business is a new field for anyone who wants to bring benefits to their company in the international business arena.

International Business Program is designed to offer students knowledge of the international business from basic to in-depth levels, particularly professional task performing, import-export strategy planning, marketing planning, international market analysis, foreign investment project and Vietnamese enterprises’ oversea project management, etc.

Students graduating from the International Business Program at Ho Chi Minh City Open University have competitive advantages in the labor market regarding professional management with career certificates. Equipped with soft skills, they have practical experiences both in international business and especially in the import-export practice. After graduation, learners are potential candidates to become administrators of multinational corporations, with many opportunities to get promotion. Not only possess professional knowledge to develop personal business, learners can also study further to be experts or scholars.

COURSE INFORMATION

Benefits

Associated with Career

The market economy has been developing in Vietnam and international trading is a prerequisite. The program provides an overview of international economy, trends of economic development and globalization as well as economic integration and foreign investment in Vietnam. The knowledge of the study program helps learners become experts in import-export practice or professional supply-chain managers.

Flexible ways of learning

More than 80% of the program content is delivered via the internet. Therefore, learners can get access to lessons, learning materials or exercises anywhere, anytime with a desktop, laptop, or a smartphone connected to the internet. Regarding the experiences, students can see the videos directly, or download in PowerPoint form, or offline scripts.

Praticial curriculum

Lessons are concisely presented in theory together with practical illustrations relating to international business. Besides, learners come to class once in a semester on Saturday or Sunday to practice solving economic problems, exchange ideas with corporate specialists.

Supportive lecturers and officers

Teachers of the courses are in charge of each learner’s learning process. Also, students can exchange ideas with classmates or with their teachers via the school forum. Regarding technical problems, students can contact the school’s consultancy center.

Nationally Accredited Degree

The Online Bachelor's Degree in International Business belongs to the national degree system. After having gained this degree, learners can study master’s degree.

Reasonable Tuition

The average tuition is 480,000/credit and is paid each semester according to the number of courses registered. Students are provided with learning materials and access to free-of-charge learning resources.

Academic Program

The content of the Online Bachelor in International Business includes all knowledge equivalent to that of the face-to-face undergraduate program of the same major. However, it is designed with practical orientation. Learners will complete their professional certificates to grab employment opportunities at the earliest time. General knowledge is accumulated at the same time or later, enabling students to broaden their understanding of the current context to develop great thinking.

Covering 33 courses with 103 credits (except foreign languages and information technology), the program is normally delivered within 10 semesters. Although learners can slow down or accelerate their study pace, they have to accomplish these courses in the following order:

Study Skills
Basic Management Certificate
International Business Certificate
Global Business Development Certificate
Bachelor's Degree in International Business

The academic can be summarized as follows:

Study Skill

This course provides all necessary skills that help learners understand their learning process thoroughly, use IT competently for the online learning, and develop themselves and their careers.
1. Study Skills

Basic Management Certificate

This certificate ensures professional competence at the primary level of an employee working in administrative divisions, offices or production, supply, sales, personnel department of an enterprise or organization. Employees at this level can accomplish tasks upon request based on their understanding of the purpose of the job and use their proper knowledge and skills. They can also assist their bosses in preparing reports relating to business, administration and production.

Self-identification which is one of the important soft skills in shaping goals and building motivation will be provided at this stage

At the end of this period, learners have to do the Business Project 1 in which they use a combination of management knowledge in many fields to write reports, requiring them to identify arising problems that affect a specific organization.
2. Principles of Marketing
3. Business Communication
4. Principles of Management
5. Business Statistics
6. Accounting Principles
7. Human Resource Study
8. Self-Awareness
9. Sales Management
10. Project Management
11. Managerial Accounting     
12. Business Project 1

International Business Management Certificate

This certificate ensures the professional competence of employees working in an enterprise or organization relating to international business or multinational corporations. The employees at this level can directly perform or develop operations in the department dealing with its foreign counterparts concerning administration, purchasing, selling, delivery and transport, marketing, international payment, etc.

At this stage, students are equipped with essential skills to develop their careers. Those skills include the Career Management and a high level of English competence in international business.

At the end of this stage, the course entitled Business Project 2 is presented under the form of reports with statistical analysis of the international business at a specific enterprise to evaluate the causes leading to the real situation of the company.
13. International Business
14. International Marketing
15. Foreign Trade
16. International Payment
17. Supply Chain Management
18. International Business Management
19. Career Management
20. International Human Resource Management
21. Brand Management
22. Technical English for International Business
23. Business Project 2

Global Business Development Certificate

We ensure to provide learners the administrators’ professional expertise of any enterprise or organization that has been preparing for the development of its international business such as import-export or overseas investment. Administrators at this level could have a profound understanding of business issues in a globalized environment, choose appropriate strategies and combine all necessary things to be successful. In order to foster sustainable career development, the seminar on Balance between Life and Work will introduce knowledge and skills in redressing the balance of your life in order to promote your work efficiency.

At the end of this stage, the course entitled Business Project 3 is presented under the form of a graduation report, requiring learners to carry out a study on comprehensive data of an international business enterprise, give solutions for the business.
24. International Commercial Law
25. Corporate Finance 1
26. Strategic Management
27. Life – Work Balance Skill
28. Global Business Strategy
29. International Finance
30. International Investment
31. Business Project 3

Bachelor:apos:s Degree in International Business

Upon completion of this stage, learners will meet all the graduation requirements of the Bachelor's Degree Program in International Business provided by Ho Chi Minh City Open University.
32. Microeconomic
33. Macroeconomic
34. Introduction to laws
35. Business law
36. The Basic Principles of Marxism – Leninism 1
37. The Basic Principles of Marxism – Leninism 2
38. Ho Chi Minh’s Ideology
39. Revolutionary line of the Vietnamese Communist Party

Requirements

Admission Requirements

Those who wish to be admitted to the International Business Bachelor Program have to meet either of the two conditions as follows:
  + A high school degree or an equivalent following the regulations of the Ministry of Education and Training is required.
  + A degree of Associate in International Economics or a Bachelor degree for those who want to have some courses exempted.

IT requirements:

Since most of the contents are carried out via the Internet, learners should have many minimum facilities as follows:
Desktop or laptop
Although mobile devices can be used for most learning activities, learners have to use desktops or laptops to do exercises in some courses.
Internet connection: Minimum 3Mpbs.

Minimum Operating system:

+ Windows XP/2000/2003;
+ Mac OS X;
+ Netware 6;
+ Solaris 10 (Sparc and x64);
+ Linux Distributions

Minimum Browser:

+ Firefox 4;
+ Internet Explorer 10;
+ Safari 5;
+ Google Chrome 11;
+ Opera 9.