Business Administration – International Business (Co-op)

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Program Code: 2419

School: School of Business

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 9 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

Centennial College's Business Administration – International Business (Co-op) program is for you if you dream of global business ventures.

In this offering, over the course of just three years, you learn basic business and specialized international business topics that will help you to launch a successful career. Among the areas in which you will become an expert through the International Business courses are:

  • International trade law
  • Finance
  • International sales and negotiation
  • Business planning and research
  • International marketing
  • Corporate social responsibility in international development


Centennial College's International Business offering gives you the option to apply and qualify for a three-term co-op experience. During this time, you get to:

  • Explore different areas of the field
  • Pinpoint your interests
  • Develop business connections
  • Gain direct hands-on experience

While you are responsible for securing a co-op placement, Centennial's Career Services and Co-op Education staff members will work closely with you to support you in this process. They will also promote the program to a wide variety of organizations, businesses and industries.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
BUSN-119 Fundamentals of Business Progress Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Progress Campus
COMP-106 Applied Business Software 1 Progress Campus
HRMT-301 Human Resources Management Progress Campus
MATH-128 Mathematics of Finance I - E Progress Campus
MKTG-116 Marketing Progress Campus

Semester Note

MATH128 prepares students for MATH119, which is a required course for most School of Business Diploma programs. Applicants who test between 21/45 and 35/45 in the MATH Assessment test will be exempted from MATH128, and will take MATH118. Students who score 36/45 or higher will be exempted from MATH128 and MATH118 and will take MATH119.

Students with an English assessment score of 170/171 may take COMM170/171 in the first semester.
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Progress Campus
COMP-126 Applied Business Software 2 Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
INTL-220 International Business Concepts Progress Campus
MATH-119 Mathematics of Finance 1-E Progress Campus
OMGT-129 Introduction to Supply Chain and Business Operations Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-123 Financial Accounting Concepts Progress Campus
COOP-221 Employment Pre-placement Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
INTL-221 Customs Services and Compliance Progress Campus
INTL-222 Global Logistics Progress Campus
INTL-224 International Business Communications and Seminars Progress Campus
OMGT-229 Project Management Principles Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP WORK TERM Following Semester 3
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ECON-205 Principles of Microeconomics Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
INTL-232 International Trade Research Progress Campus
INTL-233 Fundamentals of Freight Forwarding Progress Campus
INTL-303 International Financial Institutions and Trade Finance Progress Campus
MKTG-332 International Marketing Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP WORK TERM Following Semester 4
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
ECON-206 Principles of Macroeconomics Progress Campus
INTL-304 World Systems: History, Geopolitics and Culture Progress Campus
INTL-332 Export and Innovation Progress Campus
INTL-334 International Trade and Commercial Law Progress Campus
INTL-336 International Management: Negotiation and Strategy Progress Campus
OMGT-220 Purchasing Supply Management with SAP Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP WORK TERM Following Semester 5
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
BUSN-313 Careers Progress Campus
BUSN-332 Business Strategy Progress Campus
ELECT-B Professional Business Elective Progress Campus
INTL-234 Corporate Social Responsibility in International Business Progress Campus
INTL-335 Importing Progress Campus
INTL-339 International Business Planning Progress Campus

Semester Note

Minimum Program GPA of 2.0 (C grade average) required to graduate.

*Minimum Overall program GPA > 2.0 (C Grade average), required to graduate.

Program Highlights

  • By learning in small class environments, with ample opportunity to work on team projects, you gain hands-on practice.
  • Small sized Business Administration - International classes allow you to connect with experienced and knowledgeable faculty.
  • You may participate in the offering's renowned international student exchange program.
  • Your marketability increases with attendance in additional courses that can be used towards an industry-valued SAP certificate.
  • Upon completion of this program, you may be eligible for the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation, in accordance with the process prescribed by the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), as well as the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA) certificate, in accordance with the process prescribed by CIFFA. Please note that these certifications have costs in addition to the regular tuition.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

You will develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio, opportunities for international travel and available supports, please visit

Articulation Agreements

Start in a diploma program, end with a degree! Successful graduates of this International Business (Co-op) program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering universities that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, details of which are searchable here.

University Degree
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts, multiple majors
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
Athabasca University Bachelor of Professional Arts - Communication Studies
Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
Bachelor of Management, 3-year
Bachelor of Management, 4-year
Bachelor of Management, 4-year with major
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce, with major
Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business Management
Conestoga College Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business
Griffith University Bachelor of International Business
Kookmin University Bachelor Degree
Lakehead University Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Laurentian University General Bachelor of Arts Degree, multiple majors
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), multiple majors
New Brunswick, University of Bachelor of Applied Management
Nipissing University Bachelor of Commerce
Royal Roads University Bachelor of Commerce - Entrepreneurial Management
Ryerson University Bachelor of Commerce - Business Technology Management
Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Business Administration – International Business program's educational partners are:

  • Algoma University
  • Athabasca University
  • Davenport University
  • Griffith University
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • Nipissing University
  • Royal Roads University
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of New Brunswick
  • University of Windsor

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook

  • Foreign investment analyst
  • Logistics/transportation assistant manager
  • International development officer
  • Marketing or product broker
  • Commercial banking officer
  • Corporate social responsibility manager
  • Customs broker
  • Entrepreneur in import/export

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U,or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • Students will be placed in the appropriate English level based on skills assessment results. This may lead to additional courses and require extra time and fees.

Co-op Requirements

  • Completion of 80% of the courses from semesters 1 and 2
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171 (College Communications 2)
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater by the end of semester 2, which must be maintained for the duration of the program
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will register for the Employment Preparation course (COOP221), in semester 3

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,300.00 $4,067.00
International $12,400.00 $2,845.00 $15,245.00