By signing the Free Trade Agreements with countries in the area and around the world, Vietnam has become an attractive destination for foreign direct investment flows, especially from multinational corporations. Many groups have decided to build production and outsourcing zones, significant areas on their map of global business for production and contribution, in Vietnam. Those corporations include leading brand names such as Honda, Intel, Samsung, LG, Microsoft, and Canon. Reacting to the trend of our era, many Vietnamese enterprises have transformed to pursue the global value chain by participating more in international oversea business operations and investments. To have a foreign trademark or product recognized by Vietnamese consumers or vice versa, all stages including business strategy planning, product distributions, pricing strategies, logistic services, insurance policies, etc. must be run smoothly. Besides, all these stages need to be operated by professionals with a depth-understanding of business linking with law, economic, cultural, and geographical factors. Therefore, international business is a new field for anyone who wants to bring benefits to their company in the international business arena.

The International Business Program is designed to offer students knowledge of the international business from basic to in-depth levels, particularly professional task performing, import-export strategy planning, marketing planning, international market analysis, foreign investment project and Vietnamese enterprises’ oversea project management, etc.

Students graduating from the International Business Program at Ho Chi Minh City Open University have competitive advantages in the labor market regarding professional management with career certificates. Equipped with soft skills, they have practical experiences both in international business and especially in the import-export practice, logistics management, financial management, and supply chain management in the global environment. After graduation, learners are potential candidates to become administrators of multinational corporations, with many opportunities to get promotions. Not only possess the professional knowledge to develop personal business but learners can also study further to be experts or scholars.

Admission Requirements

Those who wish to get the bachelor degree in International Business have to meet either of the two conditions as follows:

  • + A high school degree or an equivalent following the regulations of the Ministry of Education and Training is required.
  • + A degree of Associate in International Economics or another Bachelor’s degree for those who want to have some courses exempted.

Degree credibility

The Online Bachelor’s Degree in International Business belongs to the national degree system, and the holders of the degrees are allowed to study for master’s degrees.


Course Name


Total subjects

43 subjects

Total credits

125 credits

Type of Degree

Bachelor’s Degree

Study time

04 years

Associated with Career

The market economy has been developing in Vietnam and international trading is a prerequisite. The program provides an overview of the international economy, trends of economic development and globalization as well as economic integration and foreign investment in Vietnam. The knowledge of the study program helps learners become experts in import-export practice or professional supply-chain managers.

Praticial curriculum

Lessons are concisely presented in theory together with practical illustrations relating to international business. Besides, learners come to class once in a semester on Saturday or Sunday to practice solving economic problems, exchange ideas with corporate specialists.

Nationally Accredited Degree

The Online Bachelor’s Degree in International Business belongs to the national degree system, recognized by the Ministry of Education and Training. After having gained this degree, learners can study master’s degree.

Flexible ways of learning

More than 90% of the program content is delivered via the internet. Therefore, learners can get access to lessons, learning materials, or exercises anywhere, anytime with a desktop, laptop, or smartphone connected to the internet. Regarding the experiences, students can see the videos directly, download them in PowerPoint form, or offline scripts.

Supportive lecturers and officers

Teachers of the courses are in charge of each learner’s learning process. Also, students can exchange ideas with classmates or with their teachers via the school forum or via email. Regarding technical problems, students can contact the school’s consultancy center.

Reasonable Tuition

The average tuition is 500,000/credit and is paid each semester according to the number of courses registered. Students are provided with learning materials and access to free-of-charge learning resources.

The program content of the Online Bachelor in International Business includes all knowledge equivalent to that of the face-to-face undergraduate program of the same major. However, it is designed with practical orientation. Learners will complete their professional certificates to grab employment opportunities at the earliest time. General knowledge is accumulated at the same time or later, enabling students to broaden their understanding of the current context to develop great thinking.

Covering 43 courses with 107 credits (except foreign languages and information technology), the program is normally delivered within 10 semesters. Although learners can slow down or accelerate their study pace, they have to accomplish these courses in the following order:

  • Study Skills
  • Basic Management Certificate
  • International Business Certificate
  • Global Business Development Certificate
  • Business Environment Certificate
  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Business

This course provides all necessary skills that help learners understand their learning process thoroughly, use IT competently for the online learning, and develop themselves and their careers.

  • 1. Study Skills (2)

This certificate ensures professional competence at the primary level of an employee working in administrative divisions, offices or production, supply, sales, and personnel department of an enterprise or organization. Employees at this level can accomplish tasks upon request based on their understanding of the purpose of the job and use their proper knowledge and skills. They can also assist their bosses in preparing reports relating to business, administration, and production.

Self-identification which is one of the important soft skills in shaping goals and building motivation will be provided at this stage

At the end of this period, learners have to do Business Project 1 in which they use a combination of management knowledge in many fields to write reports, requiring them to identify arising problems that affect a specific organization.

  • 2. Principles of Management (3)
  • 3. Principles of Marketing (3)
  • 4. Business Communication (3)
  • 5. Self Management (1)
  • 6. Business Statistics (3)
  • 7. Financial Management (3)
  • 8. Human Resource Management (3)
  • 9. Life-Work Balance Skills (1)
  • 10. E-Commerce (3)
  • 11. Operation Management (3)
  • 12. Quantitative Analysis In Management (3)
  • 13. Internship 2: Business Project 1 (1)

This certificate ensures the professional competence of employees working in an enterprise or organization relating to international business or multinational corporations. The employees at this level can directly perform or develop operations in the department dealing with its foreign counterparts concerning administration, purchasing, selling, delivery and transport, marketing, international payment, etc.

At this stage, students are equipped with essential skills to develop their careers. Those skills include Career Management and a high level of English competence in international business.

At the end of this stage, the course entitled Business Project 2 is presented in the form of reports with statistical analysis of the international business at a specific enterprise to evaluate the causes leading to the real situation of the company.

  • 14. International Business (3)
  • 15. Brand Management (3)
  • 16. Marketing Management (3)
  • 17. Value of Life 1 (1)
  • 18. Supply Chain Management (3)
  • 19. International Business Management (3)
  • 20. Public Relations (3)
  • 21. Value of Life 2 (1)
  • 22. International Marketing (3)
  • 23. Customer Behaviour (3)
  • 24. International Commercial Law (3)
  • 25. Internship: Business Project 2 (1)

We ensure to provide learners with the administrators’ professional expertise of any enterprise or organization that has been preparing for the development of its international business such as import-export or overseas investment. Administrators at this level could have a profound understanding of business issues in a globalized environment, choose appropriate strategies and combine all necessary things to be successful. To foster sustainable career development, the seminar on Balance between Life and Work will introduce knowledge and skills in redressing the balance of your life to promote your work efficiency.

At the end of this stage, the course entitled Business Project 3 is presented in the form of a graduation report, requiring learners to carry out a study on comprehensive data of an international business enterprise and give solutions for the business.

  • 26. International Investment (3)
  • 27. International Finance (3)
  • 28. Strategic Management (3)
  • 29. Change Management (3): internship 1
  • 30. Career Management (1)
  • 31. International Payment (3)
  • 32. International Human Resources Management (3)
  • 33. Corporate Social Responsibility (3)
  • 34. Internship 2: Business Project 3 (2)

This course provides knowledge about the economic, social, and legal environment that affects enterprise activities. After students complete this certificate program:

• They are equipped with the necessary capacity to identify and analyze the effects of these factors on enterprise activities.
• Besides, they can learn general principles to modify determinations and behaviors in the environmental changes as a role of a manager.

  • 35. Microeconomic 1 (3)
  • 36. Macroeconomic 1 (3)
  • 37. Introduction to laws (3)
  • 38. Human Environmental Interaction (3)

Upon completion of this stage, learners will meet all the graduation requirements of the Bachelor’s Degree Program in International Business provided by Ho Chi Minh City Open University.

  • 39. Marxist — Leninist phylosophy (3)
  • 40. Marxist — Leninist Political Economics (2)
  • 41. Scientific Socialism (2)
  • 42. History of Vietnamese communist party (2)
  • 43. Ho Chi Minh’s Ideology (2)

Admission Requirements

Those who wish to be admitted to the International Business Bachelor Program have to meet either of the two conditions as follows:

+ A high school degree or an equivalent following the regulations of the Ministry of Education and Training is required.
+ A degree of Associate in International Economics or a Bachelor degree for those who want to have some courses exempted.

Information technology requirements

More than 90% of learning content is delivered to students by lecturers via devices with an Internet connection. Learners need to make sure some minimum coditions, including:

* Desktop/Laptop

* Students can acquire a majority of learning content on mobile devices, but doing some homework may require using a desktop or laptop.