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International Business

Develop your international and digital business skills and hit the ground running when you graduate.

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Typical Length:
2 Years
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
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September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available


Growing Nova Scotia's economy requires a strong export industry. The One Nova Scotia Report suggests that in the next decade, the province must increase both the total value of its exports and the total number of Nova Scotia firms participating in export-related activities by 50%. This means the province needs highly skilled international business professionals to step into leadership and operational roles.

In this program, you receive:

In the first two semesters, you learn key concepts and workplace-related skills needed to build a successful business career. In the second year, you focus on specific international business topics and complete a highly sought after domestic or international internship (normally paid by the employer) to give you hands-on work experience that will help you successfully transition to the workplace. Most students receive jobs quickly after graduation and those who decide to pursue further studies do so with more confidence in their strengths and career interests.

You will complete the remaining courses (total of 6) required to obtain a FITT diploma which will allow you the opportunity to work towards a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation after graduation (additional fees apply for this certification). You will also earn a selling skills certificate from the Canadian Professional Sales Association (a program bonus that will give you a wider range of career options) and a licensed course module that is recognized and approved by the Supply Chain Management Association of Canada as part of the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) professional program (designation) – the most sought after and respected SCM credential in Canada.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of Business Administration – Year 1 or equivalent study at a post-secondary level or High School Graduation Diploma plus related work experience in economics, marketing and accounting or Advanced Standing.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Co-operative education

  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment – in a field related to your program.
  • Opportunities are full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities


  • You participate in a domestic or international internship, giving you hands-on experience.
  • Opportunities are paid work placements taking place during the final term of the program and last approximately 14 weeks.

Career options

  • Many graduates have jobs by graduation. Employers appreciate how graduates are ready to go to work with very little ramp-up time and students are often hired from their internships.
  • Graduates are working in a variety of sectors in a range of positions, such as marketing and sales, international sales, operations and logistics and ecommerce.

Choose NSCC

  • The NSCC Advanced Diploma in International Business has a reputation for being one of the most innovative and useful post-secondary business programs in Nova Scotia and was acknowledged as such by the Nova Scotia Business Journal.
  • You learn from experienced, industry-connected instructors.
  • Courses are highly practical in nature, with industry guest speakers, company visits, applied project work, internet business training and networking opportunities in industries of interest.
  • You're ready to pursue the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation after graduation (additional fees apply for this certification).
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 2215   Communications - Workplace Applications
ENTR 4000   Applied Entrepreneurship
FITT 4102   International Marketing
FITT 4103   International Trade Finance
FITT 4104   Global Supply Chain Management
FITT 4105   International Market Entry and Distribution
FITT 4106   International Trade Research
FITT 4107   Legal Aspects of International Trade
INTB 3010   World Geography for Business
INTB 3050   International Business: Professionalism and Project Management
INTB 3101   Introduction to International Business
INTB 3205   International Business Culture
INTB 4206   Exporter Support and Online Operations
INTB 5450   Independent Applied Research Lab
INTB 5997   Internship
MGMT 3020   Applied Ethical Decision Making
MKTG 2015   Professional Selling
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SCMA 2000   Procurement and Supply Management
    In addition to their required courses, as a requirement of graduation for the International Business Advanced Diploma, learners must complete one (1) unit from a prescribed list of courses.

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