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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of Business

Venture across borders

Understanding global contexts is more important to business than ever before. Economies are growing and changing. The world is increasingly interconnected.

Our Bachelor of Business (Global) is flexible and designed to prepare you for a range of careers in business, industry or government.

What will you do?

A key feature of the degree is a compulsory international study experience. Your time overseas will change your frame of reference and educate you as a global citizen. You’ll also:

  • explore economics, business mathematics and business law
  • study statistics and the science of decision-making
  • learn about cross-cultural communication and negotiations
  • consider social responsibility and technology's role in business
  • build real-world skills through the University’s corporate links.
  • In second-year you’ll specialise in an area of interest:


  • Corporate Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship (minor only).

Where could it take you?

You could select the perfect imports as an international buyer. You might travel from one multinational branch to another (all expenses paid), supporting managers and boosting productivity in company branches. Perhaps you’ll find yourself negotiating trade deals with UK companies post Brexit.

Specializations available in New Programs

1.      Digital Marketing and Communications

2.      International Business

3.      Management

4.      Digital Marketing and Communications & International Business

5.      Digital Marketing and Communications & Management

6.      International Business & Management

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
The higher level courses within the majors of this degree use case studies and simulations that provide experiential learning environments and replicate workplace tasks or processes, requiring students to practise relevant knowledge and skills.

Students will apply critical thinking and decision-making skills in a non-linear environment in which decisions and actions often lead to complex and unexpected outcomes.

The compulsory student exchange / study abroad component of the degree provides students with the opportunity for a transformative learning experience, where they can reflect on beliefs, values, opinions and assumptions.

Developing the ability to change the frame of reference allows students to build professional competencies such as analytical problem-solving, planning and organising, communication, teamwork and global understanding.

Potential careers
Accountant, Manager / Business Management, Market Researcher, Marketer / Marketing Manager, Ministerial Adviser, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Commodities or Futures Trader, Public Servant, Financial Adviser, Financial Manager, Financial Services Officer, Financial Systems / Computer Analyst, Foreign Affairs, Fund and Portfolio Manager, Stockbroker, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Taxation Officer, International Trade or Business Analyst

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 70%

ISBE [India] 80%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 6.5 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 6.0

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 79 Writing 21 Speaking 18 Reading and Listening 13

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 50

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 176 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 169