International Business

Explore the world of International Business. Right here at ACC

Today, all business is global business. Companies are competing with everyone, everywhere, for everything. That's why businesses and government agencies are seeking professionals skilled in international trade, import/export compliance, trade finance, logistics, and global supply chain management. ACC's International Business Institute offers focused instruction in these areas by preparing students for the prestigious Certified Global Business Professional credential. An associate of applied science degree is available for students interested in beginning a career in international business. A certificate in International Business and noncredit Continuing Education training is also offered for those currently employed in the field or for students who have completed other college-level work and seek specialized skills in international business.

What skills can I gain?

In the next five years the U.S. plans to double its exports, thereby creating two million new jobs. Now is the time to get expert training in international trade.

Associate degree students prepare for entry-level positions as specialists in importing and exporting for the significant and growing international trade community. The degree focuses on core areas of commerce and international business in preparation for the Global Business Professional (CGBP) credentialing exam, administered by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators. The CGBP designation is an industry benchmark for competency in global commerce. Students also build a solid educational foundation in general academic areas such as English composition, mathematics, and humanities. Other subject areas include trade finance, import/export strategies, the international legal environment, finance, economics, and world cultures.

The certificate program is designed for students currently employed in the international business or commerce professions or for students who have completed other college-level work and seek specialized skills in the field. It includes material covered by the CGBP exam, but it is not designed to meet the minimum college study requirement (two years) for those taking the exam without prior professional international business experience. The certificate's courses can be applied toward the associate degree.

Noncredit classes in International Business are available through ACC's Continuing Education division.

How long will it take to get a degree or certificate?

Most full-time students require at least two years to complete an associate degree. The certificate requires 18 credit hours.

Where can I work with this education?

Many students pursue careers in import/export trading management, international transportation and logistics, global supply chain management, international marketing, or various international business support services. Some seek opportunities as entrepreneurs in international business. Common industry titles include: import/export clerk, customs officer, customhouse broker, trade compliance manager, supply chain manager, and logistics analysts.

How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?

Visit ACC's future student's page for admissions information. The financial aid page has links for eligibility and applications.