International Business Essentials Specialization
Learn Essential Skills for International Business. Prepare yourself for MBA study and a career in international business
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
Learners will draw on the knowledge gained across the Specialisation to create a business plan, which could be for a range of ideas, including an internal project, or a new start up. Learners will be able to take the skills they learn from this project forward into further study or their careers.
No specific background knowledge is necessary.
No specific background knowledge is necessary.
University of London
The University of London is a federal University which includes 18 world leading Colleges. Our distance learning programmes were founded in 1858 and have enriched the lives of thousands of students, delivering high quality University of London degrees wherever our students are across the globe. Our alumni include 7 Nobel Prize winners. Today, we are a global leader in distance and flexible study, offering degree programmes to over 50,000 students in over 180 countries. To find out more about studying for one of our degrees where you are, visit www.london.ac.uk
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the refund policy?
If you subscribed, you get a 7-day free trial during which you can cancel at no penalty. After that, we don’t give refunds, but you can cancel your subscription at any time. See our full refund policy.
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialisation?
The Specialisation contains five courses and the Capstone. The five MOOCs each have four modules of content, and the Capstone has five modules. You should be able to complete each module in approximately five hours of work, meaning that the Specialisation as a whole should take you 125 hours to complete. Each course has an indicative four week structure (five in the case of the Capstone) but you are welcome to complete each course at your own pace.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No specific background knowledge is necessary. However, if you are planning to take this Specialisation as an entry route to the University of London Global MBA, you will still need to have at least one of the core requirements for entry to be eligible after completing the Specialisation.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
With the exception of the Capstone, no, you do not need to take the courses in a specific order. As the Capstone will draw on aspects of all of the other courses in the Specialisation, we strongly advise completing these before embarking on this part of the Specialisation.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialisation?
No, these MOOCs are not credit bearing. However, gaining a certificate for the Specialisation may help you meet the entry requirements for the University of London Global MBA.
How will the Specialisation prepare me for the Global MBA?
The Specialisation is designed to help you develop and build the essential business, academic, and cultural skills necessary to succeed in international business or in MBA study. You will be introduced to key concepts which will come up on the University of London Global MBA, as well as being given an overview of current themes in international business. If you have been out of education for more than ten years, you may also find this Specialisation helps you get back into the mind-set of university learning.
I don’t have a degree, but I have more than three years’ worth of work experience. Do I have to complete the Professional Skills and Management Skills MOOCs to apply for the Global MBA?
It is not a requirement but you are strongly advised to complete the specialization.
I’m not interested in taking the Global MBA. Can I still do the course?
Yes! The course is open to everyone, and will be useful for those starting out in the workplace, or considering further study in any of the areas covered by these MOOCs
How much will the Specialization cost?
The Specialisation is priced under the Subscription Model at $49 per month.
When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialisation, you will be automatically subscribed to the entire Specialisation. If you are just interested in a single course in the Specialisation, you will need to cancel your subscription after completing this course in order to stop the recurring monthly charge.
How regularly do the courses start?
With the exception of the Capstone, each course in the Specialisation will begin once every two weeks. The Capstone will begin once every six weeks.
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