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  • 14 Month Advanced Diploma
  • Notre Dame Campus
  • Six-week work placement
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions.

The need for expertise in international business is growing in Canada. The International Business program prepares you to meet the challenges of adapting to the global marketplace.

Small classes are taught by a team of professionals who have real business experience. They offer innovative projects designed to apply international business theory through case study and discussion. You will be given opportunities to listen to guest speakers and to participate in relevant conferences, seminars, and other events.

Student teams will work with a local enterprise to prepare a marketing plan for entry into a new foreign market. Your plan will be evaluated by a panel of judges.

You will be required to complete a minimum six-week work experience component (assistance provided by RRC).  

See Locations, Dates and Fees.

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.
The college requires transcripts verifying your complete academic history including any public or private high school, college, university, or technical institute you have attended.


Upload Through Your Future Student Account

  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Ensure you keep your original documents as the College may request to see them at any time.
  • Go to apply.rrc.ca and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 15 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Diploma or Degree
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in the final year of a post-secondary:
      • Diploma (two-year or longer program)
      • Degree
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • Post-secondary transcripts must be submitted directly from the post-secondary institution
    • If you completed your education outside of Canada or the United States, do not submit your international academic credentials until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes. 
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.
  3. Resume
    • Submit a detailed resume

Applicants with related business experience will be considered and an interview may be required.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Who Should Enrol?

This program requires that you have an above-average ability to learn, reason, and make decisions based on integrated knowledge. You will need highly developed communication skills coupled with a keen interest in current international events and sensitivity to cross-cultural relations.

Because International Business involves teamwork, you should have the ability to be flexible and enjoy the group process. As this program is academically demanding, time management skills are essential. Projects and assignments will require time outside of class hours.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
1Includes Health and Dental Fees

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Program Outline

Training is at the advanced diploma level.

Courses expand on general business theory by applying it to the international business environment and will focus on international business strategy and management.

You must complete a minimum six-week work experience practicum. While the college will help students find job placements, it is each student’s responsibility to find a position. The college approved placement must be related to the specialty courses of the program. Students will prepare an assignment related to the placement, and final evaluation will be assessed by the work placement supervisor and the college. 

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
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The first half of this course in accounting covers double-entry bookkeeping procedures, period-end adjustments, and preparation of financial statements pertaining to sole proprietorships.  The second half of the course covers cost accounting concepts, including identification and behaviour of costs, financial statements of a manufacturer, cost-volume-profit analysis, job-order costing, and financial statement analysis.

COMM-1173Communication StrategiesRPL
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Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

COMM-1207Business Report Writing
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In this course, students will learn the foundations of business writing with a focus on internal business communication using contract proposals, business plans, recommendations and executive summaries written within a Canadian context for a global marketplace. Students will then learn how to summarize information using the principles of academic integrity. This highly interactive course will encourage students to practice and participate, focusing on how to give and receive constructive feedback. The skills that students will learn in this course will be used in other courses and will prepare students to produce professional business documents. 

COMM-2172Communication for the WorkplaceRPL
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This course reinforces the communication strategies practiced in COMM-1173 to provide students with the communication skills needed to apply for, stay in, and progress in the world of work. Students will further develop their interpersonal skills and digital fluency by seeking college, industry and community supports. Additionally, they will apply speaking, writing, and collaboration strategies to getting the job, adjusting to the job, and developing long-term career goals. Communication for the Workplace is a creative and active learning opportunity to set students apart in today’s competitive job market.

COMM-2174Communication for Business
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Do you trust your own judgement? Can you make decisions confidently, give feedback constructively, and handle disagreements professionally? Your ability to successfully work in the business sector requires strong communicative competence.

In this Communication for Business course, the student will continue to develop their communicative competence by collaborating with their peers to manage and present information in oral and written form, demonstrate active listening, and practice negotiation/persuasion strategies in a business context (marketing, sales, and customer service).

COMM-3175Communication for Global MGMT and Leadership
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Welcome to Communication for Global MGMT and Leadership. Human skills such as intercultural competence, collaboration, and negotiation are essential for working in any business environment. In this course, students will continue to practice advanced communication skills expected in today’s leadership and management positions in a variety of business settings (public/private, domestic/international). This course will give the business professional practical communication skills and strategies for administrative, accounting, leadership and management roles in the global business environment.

ECON-1003Economic Geography
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This course examines the impact of geography and the environment shaping human economic activities – at a global, regional, and local level. Economic activity will be placed within the human response to their environment and the geography of their world.

FNCE-3000International Finance
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This course is designed to expose students to the basic concepts underlying the financial manager's approach to decision-making. The course focuses on building a basic understanding of accounting and finance fundamentals, such as financial statement creation and analysis, financial ratios, risk, leverage, capital budgeting, short and long-term financing, taxation and working capital management. The second part of the course will look at these fundamental concepts from an international perspective including, but not limited to, various international monetary bodies, the multinational corporation, financial considerations in conducting international business and banking, central banks and their impact on interest rates and currency fluctuation.

ILAW-3000International Law
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The purpose of this course is to introduce the international business student to a broad range of issues, concepts, and key organizations in international law.  This course will examine the different world legal systems with particular focus on the common law.  After developing a fundamental understanding of key legal concepts the course will examine international trade law and the resolution of international commercial disputes. 

INTL-1384International Political Economy
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Business gurus, scholars and political leaders increasingly attribute economic success to changes in a global business environment. It is hard to gain a competitive advantage in international trade without exposure to the study of international political economy.

This course is designed to achieve three main objectives:
• To familiarize the student with the basic concepts and theories associated with International Political Economy (IPE);
• To explore issues associated with practical applications of international political economy and
• To analyze the impact of IPE issues on a contemporary, global business organization

INTL-3003International Logistics
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This course examines the process of moving the product/service from the design stage to the customer's doorstep. Topics include documentation, regulatory compliance, transportation, and other logistics issues.

MGMT-2000Introduction to International Business
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This course is an introduction to the economic, political, and cultural factors that influence the international marketplace. The course focuses on the application of international business theory as it relates to current trends and practices in international business.

MGMT-3010Strategy in International Business
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The course examines the role of strategy in business with an emphasis on the management of international companies. Through seminars and case studies, students will review the best practices of international strategic management and apply them to the contemporary business environment.

MRKT-1015International Marketing
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This course is designed to expose the students to the field of marketing and its applications to markets outside of Canada. Students will be familiarized with the institutions and mechanisms of marketing outside Canada and the role of geography, culture, customs and infrastructure of the major countries on the international scene.

MRKT-1383International Sales & Negotiations
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This course takes a detailed look at the personal sales function as it applies to international business. Topics include tools to build relationships, sales techniques, sales presentations,  the management of the sales process, trade shows and international negotiations.

MRKT-3013International Marketing Management
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This course applies the process of marketing management to the marketing of products/services within the global marketplace by emphasizing specific topics of significance to international marketing.

PROJ-2001Work Experience
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The student will complete a minimum six-week work experience, either paid or unpaid. While the college will help students find work placements, it is each student’s responsibility to find a position. The college approved placement must be related to the specialty courses of the program. Students will prepare an assignment related to the placement, and final evaluation will be assessed by the work placement supervisor and the college. 

PROJ-2003Industry Project A
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Students will learn to identify and validate an international (preferably) business opportunity. Students will be shown a pathway to execute on the idea opportunity in the modern economy using lean start-up methodologies.

The project involves preparation of a feasibility study to introduce, via import or export, a product or service to a foreign market.

PROJ-3001Industry Project B
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Students working in groups are expected to display their knowledge by completing a comprehensive business plan for a profit seeking company.  This course requires students to integrate and apply what they have learned in other courses in the International Business program.

Each group will deliver a written business plan that includes both primary and secondary research, and analysis and findings pertinent to their business and industry. The business plan will also be presented to a panel jury.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Recent Changes

Applied Commerce and Management began the last delivery of this program through their department this fall (2017). All future intakes will be delivered through the School of Continuing Education with the first offering in January 2018.

The fall/2017 intake will be delivered over a 3-term period as follows:

Term 1 courses expand on general business theory by applying it to the international business environment.

Term 2 courses focus on international business strategy and management.

In term 3 You must complete a minimum six-week work experience, either paid or unpaid. While the college will help students find job placements, it is each student's responsibility to find a position. The college approved placement must be related to the specialty courses of the program. Students will prepare an assignment related to the placement, and final evaluation will be assessed by the work placement supervisor and the college.

Beginning January 2018 all intakes will be delivered over a 1-term 10 month period. All students will be required to complete the 6 week practicum scheduled after the delivery of all theory based courses.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete your program within four years from the start of the first course in the program, unless otherwise stated in the program outline.

A program GPA of 2.0 (60%) is required to graduate.

For complete details on applying to graduate and convocation, see rrc.ca/convocation.

Employment Potential

The need for well-trained and well-qualified business specialists in international business is expanding. Graduates will find a wide range of differing business, industry, and organization career opportunities.

Employer Testimonial

"Loewen has employed two graduates from the Red River College International Business Program. Both students have very positively contributed to Loewen's capability to support their international business strategy, i.e., Latin America and Japan. Both of the noted students originally came from the targeted geographical and language region and their studies and practical experience during the RRC International training program equipped them to work well within our company and thereby, strengthened their liaison role between our company’s customers in the targeted international market."

Dave Hiebert
Manager, Customer & Market Support, Loewen

"Our experiences through your program have been very positive. The in-country work placement our student was involved in was particularly helpful in moving our international activities forward. Our student worked hard, learned a lot about our company and the nature of doing business internationally and was able to experience first hand what it takes to market and sell technology services in another country. In fact, we just returned from another successful trip and are looking forward to closing significant business in the near future. The fact that we continue to see the potential of success is a direct result of your program and the student we connected with through the program."

Brendan Nagle
President/CEO, Technologies for Learning Group

"We hired an International Business graduate and are very pleased with our decision. We hired her as a management trainee and were quickly able to incorporate her into our business. Since then, she has become one of our key employees and a significant contributor to our growth. We therefore recommend hiring an International Business graduate without reservation."

Arthur Arkin
President, Maxim Software

Student/Alumni Testimonial

"The practical knowledge and skills I acquired through the Advanced Diploma in International Business have proven to be invaluable to my career in international market development. The intensive twelve-month program provided me with many of the skills I utilize on a daily basis. Simulating the high pressure environment of the real business world, the program equipped me with the ability to give effective presentations, network effectively, negotiate successfully, and to analyze information from a variety of sources and make informed decisions based on that information. It wasn't the easiest 12 months of training, but it was definitely the most valuable."

Jamie Huget
Senior International Market Development Officer/Agent principal de dèvelopment des marchès internationaux
Central America and the South American Markets
Bureau Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada

"The Advanced International Business Program is your ticket for a successful career in international business!  I have gained the practical skills and knowledge needed for today’s marketplace. The international internship provided me with hands-on training, which gave me the experience I needed to start a career in my field. I have traveled on business to countries such as the United States, Chile, Argentina, China and Trinidad and Tobago. The Advanced International Business Program is excellent and I recommend it enthusiastically!"

Cheryl Kanhai
Domestic and International Sales Manager
Maxim Software Systems
Winnipeg, MB.

"Red River College helped me get the practical skills that my resume was lacking. The mixture of in-class learning and workplace environment training gave me an edge when looking for a job. Although the workload was intense, learning to deal with that is an invaluable tool. With everything from public speaking to proposal writing, RRC equipped me with “real-life” skills that foster the growth of my career everyday."

Dale Vencatasamy
Business Development
Standard Aero Energy

"I decided to take the International Business Program three years ago and have never regretted my decision since then. This course gave me all the necessary skills I needed to find a good job in the today’s highly competitive job market and to keep it. The program provided students with many possibilities of networking in the Winnipeg business community. I believe this course has a well developed ratio between theoretical and practical lessons and trainings. It is definitely a wise investment of anyone’s time and money and it will pay off."

Roman Shevchuk
Customer Service Representative
Delmar International Inc.
21-1313 Border Street
Winnipeg, MB.  R3H 0Y4
Tel.  office:  204-632-8800
Fax. office: 204-632-1313

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