Part-time Certificate 6010cert

Global Business Studies

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The School of Business Certificate in Global Business Studies is offered in partnership with post-secondary institutions worldwide. BCIT has already established international student-exchange agreements with ten institutions in eight countries across Europe and discussions are underway with institutions in Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil to establish more exchange agreements with specific schools. This certificate provide a formal framework and a credential for students completing their business studies in a range of countries.

The program is divided into three components that will typically take one year to complete, encompassing 15 courses for a total of 48 credits. The program is offered through Part-time Studies (PTS).

The three components are:

  1. A series of foundational courses in fundamental business concepts.
  2. Discipline preparation courses, specialized in the student's area of interest supplemented by language and cross-cultural courses as needed.
  3. Specialty courses taken during a full-time term abroad at a partner institution, where students will study more advanced courses in their area of interest.

Program Entry

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that's right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there's space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To be successful in BCIT's fast paced applied learning environment, it is strongly recommended that students have English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Students are required to be 19 years of age or older in order to travel abroad, and must obtain all required visas and travel documents.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Continuation requirements

Students are required to arrange a meeting with the International Program Coordinator and other faculty to review and assess their work experience and create a course schedule for completion of the program. The meeting should be arranged when you are close to completion of the business foundation courses. The International Program Coordinator will provide written approval outlining the student's proposed course schedule, including discipline preparation courses, the partner school and the term in which they will be studying abroad.

Apply to program

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September

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Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Books and supplies

$1500 (General estimated costs, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program delivery

This certificate has three components that combine conventional face-to-face lectures with study abroad (where various delivery methods are used depending on the chosen partner institution).

Classroom-based teaching and learning promote collaborative learning environments where students develop teamwork skills, and construct solid working relationships as they develop ethics and communications skills and learn to function in structured environments. Learning will be focused on specialized knowledge to enhance the student's career paths.

Program matrix

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1. Business Foundations: (27.0 credits required) Credits
Courses offered at BCIT:
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2013 3.0
  BUSA 2005 Principles of Management 4.0
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  FMGT 1152 Accounting for the Manager 3.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
 
2. Discipline Preparation Component: (6.0 credits required)
Courses may be taken at BCIT or at other post-secondary institutions:

*Students must take six credits of discipline specialized courses to ensure they are well prepared for their study abroad. These courses may be taken at BCIT (such as Liberal Studies) or at other BC post-secondary institutions, and transferred for credit to this program.

 
3. Cultural Preparation Component: (3.0 credits required)
Courses may be taken at BCIT or at other post-secondary institutions:

*Students must take three credits of cultural/ language courses to ensure they are well prepared for their study abroad. These courses can be taken at BCIT (such as Liberal Studies) or at other BC post-secondary institutions, and transferred for credit to this program.

 
4. Specialty Electives: (12.0 credits required)

*A minimum of twelve credits must be taken with a School of Business international partner institution or a combination of BCIT summer school (studying abroad) and study at the international partner institution. These credits may correspond to four or more courses, depending on the credit calculation of each international partner institution.

*Note re Preparation Components and Specialty Electives: The International Program Coordinator will guide students through course selection so that students are able to customize their learning experience, in their area of interest, and prepare meaningful learning paths.

 
Total Credits: 48.0

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Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

One year (3 terms) if taken on a full-time basis.

The maximum time to complete the program is seven years.

Grading

Before travelling abroad, students must have completed the first three components of the program (Business Foundations, Discipline Preparation and Cultural/Language Preparation), and have maintained a 72% GPA.

Courses in the Business Foundations, Discipline Preparation and Cultural/Language Preparation clusters can be taken concurrently.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

The international study component will be taken at the location of the school in the approved program.

Program structure

Components   Credits
1. Business Foundations   27.0
2. Discipline Preparation   6.0
3. Cultural/Language Preparation   3.0
4. Study Abroad   12.0
Total   48.0

Continue your education

Business foundation courses are transferable to many BCIT Business diploma and certificate programs.

The remaining credits may be transferable to the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and/or BCIT Accounting Bachelor of Technology degree programs.

Graduating & Jobs

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Contact Us

Dr. Svitlana Kominko, PhD
Program Head - Global Business Studies
604-412-7409 | skominko@bcit.ca

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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