Global Business Practicum - November 2018

The Global Business Practicum (BUSA90485) is an in-company intensively-taught subject where students experience the unique business practices and culture of an international company first-hand. The aim of the Global Business Practicum is to connect teams of no more than four students to an internationally-based company where they are given a challenging business project to work on.

Students participating in the November intake of the program will travel to London or Hong Kong.

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  • About the Global Business Practicum

    The Global Business Practicum aims to expose students to:

    • international work practices and cultures;
    • an increased global network;
    • the experience of working closely in a team;
    • challenging and intensive real-life working environments;
    • the application of theory to practice; and
    • a great travel experience.

    The Global Business Practicum is worth 12.5 credit points and is offered in January, July and November of each year.

    Destination cities have included Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, London and Singapore. Projects have included a feasibility study, marketing project, customer analysis or market research, across a range of companies including multinational banks, accounting firms, insurance firms and not-for-profit organisations.

    Read about previous Business Practicum student experiences here.

  • Key dates for the Global Business Practicum

    To take part in the Global Business Practicum, these are the key dates you need to be aware of:

    November 2018
    Applications OpenMonday 30 April 2018
    Applications CloseSunday 13 May 2018
    Group InterviewsThursday 31 May & Friday 1 June 2018
    Offer acceptance and $500 deposit due dateTo be confirmed
    Introductory BriefingWednesday 1 August 2018
    Pre-Departure SeminarSaturday 17 & Sunday 18 November 2018
    In-country datesSaturday 24 November - Saturday 8 December 2018
    In-company datesMonday 26 November - Friday 7 December 2018
    Final presentation to companyOn or prior to Friday 7 December 2018
    Business Practicum Showcase CelebrationThursday 28 February 2019

    Please note that these dates are compulsory and all students who are given an offer for the Global Business Practicum are expected to participate in all of these activities. If you know in advance that you won’t be able to commit to one or more of these dates, it's best that you don't apply.

  • Who should submit an application?

    The below criteria should help you determine whether you would be a strong candidate for the Global Business Practicum:

    • Your Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is 65% or higher. Due to limited spaces, entry into the Global Business Practicum is competitive. The minimum average grade requirement for the Global Business Practicum is 65% and the Selection Committee considers the following when allocating places:
      • Academic Performance
      • Quality of CV
      • Interview performance
      • An overall match of skills, experience and interests to the available project
    • You have completed a minimum of:
      • 200-point degree students: completion of a minimum of 50 points at time of application; or
      • 150 point degree students: completion of a minimum of 50 points at time of practicum commencement if you have a business background (e.g. studied business subjects in an undergraduate degree or relevant work experience).

        Note: All students enrolled in a 200-point degree must first have completed 50 points before applying, regardless of educational background.
    • You are only applying for one Business Practicum subject (Global or Melbourne) for the intake. Please only submit an application for one of the Business Practicum subjects per intake. Students who apply for both MBP and GBP during the same intake (e.g. the July Business Practicums) will not be considered for either subject.
    • You have checked that there is capacity within your study plan for an elective subject worth 12.5 points.

    Please note: Students undertaking Master of Commerce (Finance) and the Master of Management (Accounting) 150pt program are generally ineligible to apply, due to limited elective options available in the course.

  • How much will it cost?

    Costs & Payments

    In addition to the standard University subject fee, there is an additional fee of between $1,400 - $1,900 for the Global Business Practicum. The fee will be finalised once accommodation has been booked.

    What is included?

    • 13 - 15 nights bed and breakfast accommodation (in min. 3* equivalent accommodation based on a twin share, air-conditioned, ensuite room.)
    • Sightseeing/cultural tour
    • the University of Melbourne also offers a complimentary standard travel insurance.

    What is not included?

    • International airfare
    • Lunch, dinner and spending money
    • Visa (if required)
    • Local transportation
    • Additional personal insurance
  • Grants, scholarships and funding

    Grants, Scholarships and Funding

    All students who are given a place in the Global Business Practicum and successfully enrol in the subject will be eligible to for the $1,000 Global Business Practicum Travel Grant to assist with costs.

    Global Business Practicum Prize

    The following prizes will be awarded to the most impressive November 2018 Global Business Practicum applicants:

    1 x $1,500 prize for the best MBS student traveling to London
    1 x $1,500 prize for the best MBS student traveling to Hong Kong

    Selection is based on academic average and interview performance. These prizes are available to MBS students only.

    There is no separate application to be considered for a prize and selected students will be notified of their award at the same time as the offer for a place in the subject.

  • Information Sessions

    Come along to our Choosing a Business Practicum Information Session where you can meet the Work Integrated Learning Teaching Specialist, listen to previous Business Practicum students talk about their experiences and ask questions about the program.

    The Choosing a Business Practicum information sessions will be held on Wednesday 2 May. Exact time, venue and registration link for this session will be posted here closer to the time.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Apply now!

    Applications for November 2018 intake will open in on Monday 30 April, 2018. Please come back on this date to access the application form.

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions about Global Business Practicum please send an email to:

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