Global Business Expertise

Educating Tomorrow's Global Professionals

Program Introduction

Global Business ExpertiseWho am I as a manager and how do I achieve meaningful results? How do I communicate with others in my organization? Do I know how to read the inevitable contracts I enter into? Do I understand my accountant’s numbers? How do our products connect with our customers? What do the daily business headlines tell me? If these and other questions spark your interest and passion, the Global Business Expertise Program is the way you want to explore.

What Learning Goals Will I Achieve?

  • Working through cultural differences while teaming up with classmates from around the world
  • Participating in class discussions that connect textbook with real business issues
  • Preparing and delivering presentations with flair and confidence
  • Enhancing job skills through practical exercises and projects
  • Understanding factors and forces that impact managerial performance
  • Learning how management works in actual organizational contexts


Course 1: Human Resources Strategies

The focus is on exploring the character traits and skills organizations expect from professional managers.
Students engage in a lot of self-reflection to figure out how they would do as managers. Throughout the
course, we keep in mind that organizational performance is the manager’s ultimate objective. To that
end, we constantly refer to cases in the news and scan the environment to see how that impacts a
manager’s tasks.

Course 2: Public Relations Strategies

The focus is on helping sharpen and fine-tune students’ communication skills, in listening, reading,
writing, and speaking. A significant portion of this course is self-driven, centered on exercises and
challenges students will need to face in an organizational context. We also pay substantial attention to
job search skills and documents, ending the course with a panel interview. This course is a natural
complement to the Human Resources Strategies course.

Course 3: Legal Strategies

The focus is on acquainting students with key aspects of business law in a common law environment.
We spend the first two weeks of the course looking at contracts, how they are formed, when they are
and are not enforceable, and what is involved in performance and breach of contract. We also zoom in
on the basic legal questions around corporations, sole proprietorships, and partnerships, before taking
in a bird’s eye view of international trade law.

Course 4: Cost Control Strategies

The focus is on making potential managers aware of how their approach to and performance in
management impacts the bottom line. To that end all managers need to be aware of how costs are
classified and how accountants look at costs. Knowing how the numbers work and are intimately
intertwined with their day-to- day performance helps managers reflect on and up their game in an
organizational context.

Course 5: Global Marketing Strategies

The focus is on tying in skills learned in the other courses with managers’ absolute need to always keep
in mind the needs of the customers they are supposed to serve. Students not only look at the theory of
marketing, but become more clearly attuned to the nuts and bolts of how marketing focus affects the
entire organization. The course is a natural complement to the Human Resources and Public Relations
Strategies courses.

Course 6: Business Economics

The focus is on helping students decode the daily business headlines in terms of economics, encouraging
them to reflect on the choices individual societies and governments make. Not only do we look at how
economists from around the world grapple with these issues, we also delve into economic questions
that affect all of us in daily life. In as far as managers operate in an environment that shapes their
organization, students begin to understand how a grasp of economics is essential to their managerial

GBE At A Glance

Type: Diploma or Certificate Program

Campus: Vancouver

Admission Requirements:

International Students must pass the Vancouver International College – Career Campus Entrance Interview AND provide one of the following:

  • A recognized international English language equivalency test score, OR
  • a pass on our entrance exam; OR
  • show proof of one: TOEFL® iBT 61, TOEIC 650, IELTS 5.5

Graduation Requirement: 70% average upon successful completion of all in-class courses and optional practicum.

In Class Duration at VIC-CC 4-week Work Experience Practicum Total Duration of Program Number of In-Class Courses Certification Recieved
16 weeks Yes 20 weeks 4 Certificate with Practicum
20 weeks Yes 24 weeks 5 Certificate with Practicum
24 weeks No 24 weeks 6 Diploma
24 weeks Yes 28 weeks 6 Diploma with Practicum

Please note: Students can take 1-5 courses (4-20 weeks) without practicum and receive a Certificate of Completion for each course taken:

  • Human Resources Strategies Certificate of Completion
  • Public Relations Strategies Certificate of Completion
  • Legal Strategies Certificate of Completion
  • Cost Control Strategies Certificate of Completion
  • Global Marketing Strategies Certificate of Completion
  • Business Economics Certificate of Completion

Future Career Opportunities

Office Management

International Trade

Small Business Development


HR Development

Global Consultant