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Overview

This program is currently under a curriculum review. It will likely result in curriculum adjustment for students starting in September 2021. Please contact Jackie Li, Program Head, if there are any program related questions.

Delivery mode: Online

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
  • Learn more about how this program is adapting learning during COVID-19.

The BCIT International Business Management – Global Supply Chain diploma program focuses on developing international business strategies to effectively manage international supply chains. You will become experienced in international product sourcing, negotiating purchase agreements, and managing the transportation logistics of importing and exporting goods internationally. Graduates travel the world, negotiate trade agreements, and improve the flow of goods in and out of Canada and abroad.
BCIT Global Supply Chain students learn to:

  • Source products in a global marketplace
  • Create transportation logistics strategies
  • Manage inventory levels
  • Conduct effective international negotiations
  • Build relationships with international partners

Business consulting project

Global Supply Chain students undertake a 10-week business consulting project in their final term. Students work in groups of 2-3 and spend three days a week developing a solution to a real business problem for a company. The student teams collect and analyze data, create recommendations, and present their findings to company management.

Professional designations

Graduates of the Global Supply Chain program can pursue additional career building opportunities. Graduates are eligible to enter the following professional designation programs:

(Note: In addition to course content, five years of related industry experience is required for certification)

Supply chain management jobs & careers

Graduates of the Global Supply Chain program have strong international business and supply chain management skills that will lead to a wide variety of local and international job opportunities.

Entry-level positions:

  • Logistics Analyst
  • Customs Broker Agent
  • Importer / Exporter
  • Shipping Coordinator

Mid-level positions:

  • International Business Advisor
  • International Trade Manager
  • Customs Manager
  • Transportation Manager

International exchange

BCIT offers a number of international exchange opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. Learn more about international exchange opportunities and international double degrees with internships.

Accredited program

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Entrance Requirements

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

Bring Your Own Device

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Courses

After completing the International Business Management program, you will be able to:

  • Import and export in Canada and around the world
  • Evaluate potential international markets for business expansion
  • Select an appropriate transportation mode and carrier
  • Determine optimal transportation routing
  • Measure processes, and perform cost-benefit analyses
  • Choose suppliers to purchase and source raw materials or goods from
  • Manage inventory levels
  • Increase the efficiency of a firm’s logistics processes
  • Support planning of an international negotiation

To learn what specific skills you will learn on a course-by-course basis, see the list of INTT courses below.

Management Skills

In addition to the specific knowledge taught about international trade and transportation, students will learn project management, computing and business communication skills.

Major projects challenge students to develop their time management skills.  Business  graduates are known for their efficiency.

Group Work

Employers today are looking for people who work in teams just as well as they work individually. To meet this demand, the International Business Management program provides many opportunities for teamwork – far more than you’ll find in a traditional university.

At the beginning of the program you will be assigned to a team of four to six students. During the first year, your team will work on projects together. In the second year, students are able to choose who they work with.

Below is a small sample of projects that students will complete during the program:

  • International Business – Country Report (Year 1, Level 2)
    Students will complete a comprehensive country report that analyzes the conditions for business in a chosen nation. This project gives students an understanding of areas to focus on when entering an international market.
  • Transportation Systems Project (Year 1, Level 2)
    For his CITT course project, students find a company in the transportation industry to analyze. The company must provide one of the five modes of transport: Road, Rail, Water, Air, or Pipeline. It is the first opportunity to interact off-campus with an industry client.
  • Mini-Industry Project (Year 2, Level 3)
    Students are given the opportunity to pick their team of two or three. Each team is given a faculty advisor from the International Business Management program. Skills are generated in this project to get students ready for the 4th level Industry Project.
  • Business Consulting Project (Year 2, Level 4)
    The final project students complete is the Industry Project. It is a practicum-like learning experience with an outside firm. Students will work at the company during fourth term, where they will be given the opportunity to solve real-world problems.

Program Details

Corporate connections

The International Business Management program is directly connected with the business world through faculty, community events, projects, and our graduates. We also have an advisory committee of 15 industry professionals on our Advisory Committee. Included on the Committee are the CEO of the 2010 Legacies, the Senior Logistics Manager of HBC, the President of Coast 2000 Terminals, and the President of Westward Shipping. This talent pool of expertise keeps the program curriculum current and applicable as well as providing students with a network of contacts.

We produce top-level, employable students who continually strive to reach new levels of personal and organizational performance. Graduates gain the key skills, attributes, and characteristics that employers want in their employees.

Connecting students with jobs is one of the program’s advantages. The International Business Management program attracts many companies in the industry, in BCIT makes use of a hybrid style of learning, combining university and classroom approaches. Almost every class you take will have both lectures and labs.

  • Lectures are treated similarly to universities with generally 40 to 150 students in an auditorium or large classroom.
  • Lab sessions expand on lecture topics, but in a smaller group setting, which allows more interaction. This group is called your set.

The Set

The set system makes BCIT unique.

On the first day of school, you will be grouped with 20 to 25 other students, who will make up your set group for the year. Students
of a set attend all classes together and form teams for group projects.

Lectures are simultaneously given to several sets, while labs include only the students in your set. This arrangement permits plenty of personal attention from instructors.

You will be able to further build your network by getting to know your classmates in this more personal setting. This enables students to enhance their communication skills, which is crucial to conducting international business.

Packaged Education

BCIT keeps things simple for you. We schedule your timetables, which allows you to take more classes in less time than other institutions, getting you to out into the field in just two years.

You will also notice how content from each course links with other courses thanks to our finely-tuned curriculum, which simultaneously teaches the related subjects in different courses. As you progress through the program, course content gets more specialized toward international trade and transportation. This complete business education is unique to BCIT.

Students

The International Business Management program typically attracts students of various ages and cultures. An informal part of your education will be your day-to-day interaction with people from diverse backgrounds, which helps prepare you for a career in international business.

Graduating & Jobs

The market for graduates from the program is growing all the time. Over the past 10 years, Canada’s exports have grown by 58%, our imports by 63%.  As they have grown, so has the demand for competent employees that are skilled in the activities associated with this new breed of global company. In British Columbia alone, there are over 2,800 companies that export their commodities around the globe. Learn more about Careers in the Supply Chain.

With the growth in imports and exports has come an increased demand for supporting infrastructures. Support services including transportation, logistics and customs brokerage have grown at an astounding rate. New ports and port expansions offer grads a host of opportunities today, tomorrow and for years to come.

Accreditations

  1. BCIT Diploma (Dip)
    BCIT’s diplomas are highly respected by employers, giving you a major advantage in getting your career in international trade and transportation moving.
  2. Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT)
    Graduates of the INTT program simultaneously and automatically earn credit towards the CITT (CCLP) designation, indicating they are logistics professionals.
  3. Associated Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (AMCILT)
    In addition to the above two designations, you will also earn your AMCILT designation from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport North America (CILTNA) upon graduation, connecting you to another network of logistics and transportation professionals.

Further education

BCIT can take you further. After completing the diploma, you have many options to continue your education:

  • BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA)
    This degree program has part-time and full-time options, allowing you to complete it in as little as one year.
  • Block transfer credit is also available to the following institutions (please visit the BCIT’s Transfer Credit page for further details):
    • Royal Roads University’s Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management Degree (BCom). A two year block credit transfer allows this degree program to be completed in one year in Victoria, BC or two years online.
    • Thompson Rivers University’s Open Learning Bachelor of Business Administration, or Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BBA/BGS). This degree program can be completed online. Up to 72 credits may be transferred to the BBA program, or up to 60 credits to the BGS program.
    • Lakehead University’s Bachelor of Administration Degree (BAdmin). This degree program takes place in Thunder Bay, ON.

Job Opportunities

With the versatility of the International Trade and Transportation program, graduates find employment in a wide range of industries and careers. Graduates may be employed in any economic sector in which international markets play a role in the firm’s success. Career opportunities occur in marketing, finance, and management with firms such as trading houses, importers and exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, and transportation providers.

  • Customs Broker Agent A career where one “clears” customs barriers for importers and exporters. Custom Brokers prepare documents and/or electronic forms and calculate taxes, duties and excises. They also can assist with the communication between the importer/exporter and government authorities.
    Hired By
    Customs Brokerage firms
  • Transportation Manager A transportation manager manages freight transportation between suppliers and the distributor or customer. Planning and coordinating the movement and storage of goods are both key responsibilities. Transportation managers control the costs and schedules associated with transit times.
    Hired By
    Chain stores, or other large businesses that distribute large volumes of goods; government departments and agencies, and manufacturing companies.
  • Buyer/Purchasing Agent An individual that sources and purchases finished goods and materials as a consultant or for their employer. Transactions are generally for manufactured goods or raw materials. Buyers/Purchasers are required to travel the world to maintain and improve current business relationships and create new connections with suppliers.
    Hired By
    Large chain stores, government agencies, distribution firms, clothing manufacturers, or one can be self-employed (Entrepreneur).
  • Freight Forwarder Agent Also known as the travel agent for freight, the freight forwarder agent is an individual that arranges shipments with a common carrier. Most freight forwarders dispatch movements of freight to international destinations. Freight forwarders will purchase space on carrier shipment routes at a low price and sell it to small companies that require consolidated shipments.
    Hired By
    International and domestic freight forwarding companies

Testimonials

“The INTT (now International Business Management) program is well-recognized by industry as providing graduates with knowledge in international trade and transportation, as well as professional development and networking opportunities within the supply chain logistics community.”
Mike Au, Manager Supply Chain Services, Mountain Equipment Co-op

“BCIT’s group interactions allow for real-life relationship building in a work like atmosphere. They give you a chance to learn beyond the classroom setting, and build stepping stones for the future through team projects.”
Danice Park

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Instructors of the International Business Management program have extensive industry experience. Many of them remain active in the industry by working as consultants.

Additionally, most program instructors are members of professional institutes and organizations that relate to the areas of study. These memberships allow instructors
to remain current on new industry standards and offer fresh insight to students on recent developments.

Advisory committee

Corporate connections

The International Business Management program is directly connected with the business world through faculty, community events, projects, and our graduates. Our advisory committee member talent pool of expertise keeps the program curriculum current and applicable as well as providing students with a network of contacts.

We produce top-level, employable students who continually strive to reach new levels of personal and organizational performance. Graduates gain the key skills, attributes, and characteristics that employers want in their employees.

Connecting students with jobs is one of the program’s advantages. The International Business Management program attracts many companies in the industry, including several with personal connections to instructors. Our graduates are highly sought-after, and regularly recruited.

Current members of our advisory committee include:

  • Bryan Price, Vice President – Aquatica Submarines Inc.
  • Brian Best, Director, Warehousing & Distribution – London Drugs Limited
  • Cindy Sonnenberg, Chief Procurement Officer – Argus Control Systems
  • Jack Heu, Operation Manager, Strategic Development – FLS Transportation Services Inc.
  • Randy Kahlon, VP, Sales and Marketing – ABC Recycling
  • Fazolah (Nima) Malayeri, Site Manager – Cardinal Healthcare
  • Wade Simmons, General Manager – Unitow Services
  • Rachael Radford, Director – OPTIS Consulting Network
  • Jane Pikulina, Director of Operations – Siber Facade Group Inc.
  • Paul Reichard, Remote Site/Environmental Director – SEI Industries Ltd

Learning during COVID-19

Online learning

This program will be delivered online during COVID-19. Learn wherever you choose, as there’s no requirement to attend campus or classes in-person during COVID-19.
While the online classroom looks different, the quality of instruction and the commitment of our faculty and staff remains as strong as ever. We’re dedicated to ensuring that your learning experience is meaningful and productive.

Your schedule

You will be expected to attend online classes and complete group work between the hours of 8:30am – 5:30pm PST, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Technology requirements

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Safety on campus

As this program is being delivered online during COVID-19, there’s no requirement for you to come to campus. Please see below for information on accessing instructor support and on the student services offered virtually.

Services and support

Instructors will continue to be available to students remotely, including five dedicated office hours per week.
Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including Student Health Services, Counselling and Student Development, and Peer Tutoring are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.

Business Consulting Project

A BCIT Business Consulting Project provides second year International Business Management – Global Supply Chain students the opportunity to work over a 10 week period with an organization to solve an international business problem or challenge. Students work in a team of two or three to identify potential opportunities, conduct research, and recommend effective solutions. Students complete a comprehensive written report and present an oral presentation to the sponsoring organization outlining the student team’s recommendations and solutions.

Business Consulting Projects are different from traditional co-op and internship programs. Students are not assigned to actual positions, but rather fill a consulting role for businesses and organizations. Each project has a BCIT faculty member that serves as an advisor for the student consulting team. Exit surveys from participating companies show that the completed strategic business solutions have a value that far surpassed their expectations.

View a complete list of past Business Consulting Projects students have completed in a wide variety of industries.

Contact Us

Calvin Mah
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8514 | cmah42@bcit.ca

Jackie Li
Program Head, International Business Management
604-451-6772 | JLi257@bcit.ca

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  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
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