Globalization means that our world is getting smaller. New and emerging markets mean new opportunities for businesses of all sizes. Specific skills and knowledge are needed in order to get ahead in an international arena and take advantage of these markets.
The Diploma in International Business Management provides the skills and knowledge and prepares graduates for a career in international business, with a comprehensive work term opportunity. During the work term, students will put the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom to the test in a fast-paced, real-world environment. It allows them to gain a deeper understanding of the demands of a career in international business management, as well as relevant experience that is valued on any resume.
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The program is structured around nine courses ranging from 30 to 60 hours of classroom time per course. Upon successful completion of coursework students are expected to find and secure a work term placement.
Accredited Partnership with FITT
This program is accredited by the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). Graduates can apply to transfer their credits directly to FITT and complete the required assessment(s) in order to receive the FITT Diploma in International Trade.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
A minimum of a high school diploma, 19 years or older at the start of the applicant’s program or course; and
English Language Proficiency Requirements (please see Policy 1002).
For more details, please see our Admissions Policy (Policy 1001).
This program is delivered in-class from our Vancouver campus.
1020 hours (510 hours of instructional time and 400 hours work term, with an additional 110 hours for the work term report submission and evaluation).
20 hours of instruction per week, 4 hours per day.
Mihai Stroe has an extensive global expertise in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Customs and Trade Compliance, Distribution and e-commerce, supported by a progressive career spanning over 20 years. Highly-qualified, proficient and results-oriented, he holds an MBA and a Bachelor Degree in International Relations. Mihai is a Licensed Customs Broker in Canada and is also certified as Customs Specialist in the EU, Canada, and US.
Mihai is an expert in developing and implementing Supply Chain and Trade Compliance processes in emerging and established companies. Strategic, focused thinker with the ability to translate direction into tactical plans, Mihai is driven by bridging the gap between corporate environments and business units.
Pedro Escalon is a qualified international business consultant specializing in attracting foreign direct investment, promoting export development and guiding small businesses that seek competitive advantage. Throughout 20 years of experience in the field, he has worked for both public and private sectors within multinational corporations and small businesses strategically located in Central America. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business & Marketing from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
For the past 10 years, Pedro has been passionately teaching and guiding MBA and Undergraduate students on subjects related to his career, such as global business environment, international marketing, strategic management, personal finance, and entrepreneurship. He strives to make learning simple, entertaining and dynamic. He is a true believer that creating practical and useful learning experiences helps students to develop a clear understanding of how global issues influence corporations in the modern world.
Meegan Scott is a strategic management consultant; she founded and owns the Toronto-based consulting practice, Magate Wildhorse. Meegan is trained in the fields of international relations, international trade law, international trade finance law, finance, international finance, marketing, sales, insurance, investments, corporate strategy, performance management, and evaluation.
For almost two decades Meegan has served in the fields of international development, corporate strategy and business planning, project management, marketing, training and education. She offers significant training and experience in sales, business incubation, as well as in conducting business and marketing across international borders. In addition to helping start-ups, established entities, and government departments to successfully conduct international business and projects, she has initiated and led the development of corporate social responsibility programs in different organizations.
She is committed to facilitating learning that is relevant to students, employers, economies, and societies. Meegan strives to make learning simple, fun, entertaining and deep. She is an advocate for inductive and interactive learning methods and techniques.
Meegan holds a BSc (Honours) in International Relations from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus; an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of New Orleans; a Diploma in International Environmental Trade Law from UNITAR. In addition, she has completed various certificates and courses in Intellectual Property Law, International Trade Law, International Trade Finance Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, and International Sales Contracts. She also holds the designation PMP and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analysis for Project and Service Managers, and is a Licensed Financial Security Advisor and Investment Representative.
Paul Cleaver brings true international flair to Ashton College having spent over fifteen years living and working overseas, in Japan, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates. For the last nine years he has taught Business in Dubai for the Higher Colleges of Technology, and for the past two years he has had the role of Adjunct Faculty for the Swiss Business School’s Executive MBA program. Prior to this, he spent five years working in business development roles in both public and private sector organizations here in Canada.
Paul has visited over 24 countries and has a true appreciation for the unique nature of the cross-cultural environment. Somewhere along the way, he found the time to publish two books. Students love his passion for teaching and the humour and dynamism he brings to the classroom.
Bernardo Robledo is an experienced and highly effective international business consultant and executive coach. He has instructed students in many different subjects and has worked widely with multinational corporations, and his passion lies in creating a practical and useful learning experience with his students.
Bernardo has graduated with a Masters in Management of Global Marketing from Camilo José Cela University in Madrid, Spain, and a Bachelors degree in Business with a major in Marketing; and is a Certified International Trade Professional from FITT Canada and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. With over 20 years of experience, he has worked for a variety of multinational companies both in Latin America and North America, including AIG Life, WSI Canada, Adapting Marketing Canada, Cima Trading, etc.
Bernardo’s main interests are in the areas of international business, international marketing, sales, market research, and digital marketing. Bernardo is fluent in two languages and is currently an instructor and professor for several universities in Latin America.
Wallace Chan graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Master of Economics degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. Wallace has years of experience in teaching business courses and now works as a chief compliance officer in the financial sector.