Global Business Practicum
Get ahead when seeking employment by undertaking a remote learning experience that gives you credit towards your degree. Global Business Practicum gives you the opportunity to collaborate with team members on a realistic business scenario posed by an overseas company.
Benefits of the Global Business Practicum
The June 2023 Global Business Practicum (GBP) will be conducted in-person. The June 2023 GBP will involve travel to Tokyo, Japan.
By participating in GBP, you will get the opportunity to:
- Apply your classroom theory, and use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve a realistic business scenario
- Enhance your teamwork and communication skills, and demonstrate your ability to collaborate with stakeholders
- Receive guidance from an academic mentor and a project organisation mentor
- Gain confidence in managing yourself and feel ready to start employment
- Access global networks and stand out to employers with proven project management experience
Applications for the 2023 June period have closed.
If you are offered a place in GBP, you are required to participate in all listed activities. If you are unable to commit to one or more of these dates, please do not apply.
2023 June (Winter), November and 2024 January
|Activity||June (Seoul/Tokyo) 2023||November (London and Dublin) 2023||January (Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore) 2024|
|Applications open||Monday 27 February 2023||Monday 17 July, 9am||Monday 17 July, 9am|
|Information session (on campus)||Tuesday 7 March 2023, 1-2pm|
|Tuesday 1 August 2023, 1-2pm||Tuesday 1 August 2023, 1-2pm|
|Applications close||Sunday 19 March 2023, 11.59pm||Sunday 6 August, 11.59pm||Sunday 6 August, 11.59pm|
|Round 1 outcomes||Wednesday 22 March 2023||Tuesday 8 August||Tuesday 8 August|
|Interviews (in-person, on campus)||Thursday 30 March - Friday 31 March||Tuesday 15 August 2023 - Wednesday 16 August 2023||Tuesday 15 August 2023 - Wednesday 16 August 2023|
|Selection outcomes||Tuesday 4 April 2023||Monday 21 August 2023||Monday 21 August 2023|
|Careers and Employability "Smart Resume demonstration" video to help you reach the green zone||Access here||Access here||Access here|
|Offer acceptances due||Wednesday 12 April 2023||Sunday 27 August 2023||Sunday 27 August 2023|
|Induction Training and Logistics Briefing (in-person, on campus)||Tuesday 18 April 2023||TBC||TBC|
|LMS modules due||Friday 23 June 2023, 11:59pm||Friday 17 November 2023, 11.59pm||Friday 17 November 2023, 11.59pm|
|Induction training (in-person, on campus)||Saturday 24 June 2023||Saturday 18 November 2023||Saturday 18 November 2023|
|Students arrive in country||Wednesday 28 June 2023||Tuesday 21 November 2023||Wednesday 10 January 2024|
|In-company||Thursday 29 June - Wednesday 12 July 2023||Thursday 23 November - Wednesday 6 December 2023||Thursday 11 January - Wednesday 24 January 2024|
|Students depart country||Thursday 13 July 2023||Thursday 7 December 2023||Thursday 25 January 2024|
|Teaching period ends||Friday 21 July 2023||Friday 15 December 2023||Friday 2 February 2024|
You are enrolled into an approved graduate degree
- Students enrolled in an approved MBS graduate degree are eligible to apply. Please check the University of Melbourne handbook (click on Further information > Related Handbook entries. If your course is not listed, you will need to seek approval from your Program Director) or with Course Planners at Stop 1 if you are unsure whether the GBP can be taken as part of your current degree.
- Students enrolled in the Master of Engineering (Biomedical, Electrical, Mechanical, and Software streams), Master of Information Systems and Master of Information Technology are eligible to apply.
- Other non-FBE students are not eligible to apply for any FBE practicum subjects without the prior approval of the Subject Coordinator. Proof of approval must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before the application close date. Late approval submissions will not be accepted and applications without the required approval will be withdrawn. Please note: students undertaking the Master of Commerce (Finance) are generally ineligible to apply, due to limited elective options available in the course.
- Students who have already completed the Business Practicum subject (BUSA90473) may submit an expression of interest to participate in the Global Business Practicum, but will be placed on a waiting list and only offered a place based on availability.
Your Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is 70% or higher
Due to limited spaces, entry into the GBP is competitive. Selection is based on a WAM for all postgraduate subjects successfully completed at the selection date, and is contingent on permission from the Subject Coordinator.
The minimum WAM requirement for the subject is 70% and the Selection Committee considers the following when allocating places:
- academic performance
- an overall match of skills, experience and interests to the available projects.
You have completed a minimum of 50 credit points
Students enrolled in a MBS program or eligible non-MBS program must have completed a minimum of 50 points of their program at the time of application.
You have space in your study plan for this subject
Before applying, you should ensure there is space in your study plan for this subject. You can do this by adding the subject as ‘planned’ although this is not a requirement at the time of application.
You are available to attend an interview if you are successful in the shortlisting stage
Students who are successful in the shortlisting stage will be invited to attend either an in-person or online interview (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions at the time of scheduled interviews). You must attend an interview if you wish to be considered for a place in the GBP.
You have prepared your CV and had it reviewed
Students who receive an official offer for the GBP must submit a CV with evidence that the CV has scored a 'green' rating on the University of Melbourne's Smart Resume platform. View the sample CV guide and find out more about preparing your CV.
The Careers & Employability Team has produced a video which demonstrates how to use the Smart Resume platform and its Smart Editor tool to achieve a green zone rating. Access the video on the Resources page in MBS Career Elevation.
EmployMe provides tools, resources and videos to build your skills in job seeking, resume building, interview performance and more.
Cost and FBE Travel Grant
The cost of the Global Business Practicum is a standard University subject.
However, there will be additional costs associated with the travel component of the June 2023 GBP for accommodation, flights, meals, and other incidental travel expenses. More detail about specific costs will be provided to students at a later date.
A $1,000 Global Business Practicum Travel Grant will be given to MBS students* participating in the June 2023 GBP - Seoul/Tokyo destinations to assist with travel costs. Faculty of Engineering and IT students are not eligible to receive this grant.
*Only students who have not previously received a Travel Grant from FBE (e.g. the $750 Business Practicum Travel Grant).
Applications for the Global Business Practicum being delivered in June will open in early Semester 1.
Please note: You cannot apply for both the Global Business Practicum and Business Practicum (BUSA90473) during the same study period. Students who apply for both the Global Business Practicum and the Business Practicum during the same intake (e.g. GBP June/ BP June) will not be considered for either subject.
If you have already completed Business Practicum (BUSA90473) and wish to enrol in GBP, please email email@example.com. You will be added to a waitlist and you will be considered if places are not filled by applicants.
Access the Sonia Live platform: https://unimelb.sonialive.com/
Click into Faculty of Business and Economics, and then log in using your University of Melbourne student credentials.
For Faculty of Engineering and IT students who cannot access the FBE Sonia Live, please access the application form here.
Click on the Placements tab on the menu bar at the top of the page and search for the placement group for the subject that you’re interested in applying for. For the 2023 June intake, this will be called “2023 June - Global Business Practicum (BUSA90485)”.
Please note that the Global Business Practicum placement group will only be open for you to join if applications are currently open for an upcoming intake. If the placement group does not allow you to join, it is likely that applications have not yet opened or have already closed. Check the key dates section above to find out when applications are open for this intake.
Click the green + Join option. This will give you access to the subject application form which can Forms tab (you may need to refresh your browser for this to appear).
Complete all fields of the application form and, when ready, click submit. Please ensure you take note of the application due date as we do not accept late submissions.
After the closing date, applications will be shortlisted and applicants will receive an outcome via email.
“I am convinced that the Global Business Practicum has made me industry-ready, with the first of many online client pitches and professional experiences. Therefore, I would encourage all students to shed their inhibitions and pursue the remote Global Business Practicum - it is guaranteed to make you feel confident and ready to enter a rapidly evolving working environment.”
- Mallika Dutta, Global Business Practicum with Two Hands, a company in Shanghai
Watch the recording of the June (Winter) Information session. You can also access the information session recording via your MBS Career Elevation Canvas community.
Frequently asked questions
Can I apply if I don’t have any consulting experience?
Yes, there is a full selection process to determine your eligibility and suitability for the program. Selection is not based on existing consulting experience.
I want to take a subject over the summer/winter while also completing the GBP (e.g. Ethics in Finance or Business and Economics Internship). Is this okay?
No, students participating in the GBP will not be permitted to enrol in any other subjects that run during the same dates as the practicums. GBP is intensive and requires 100% commitment from students.
Can I choose the city, team, company or type of project?
No, students are allocated to cities, teams and companies with specific projects. However, students can select which cities they would like to be considered for, and are given the opportunity to advise their areas of interest which we endeavour to consider when allocating teams. Students will not be allocated to a project where they do not have the technical skills required. Most projects are multi-disciplinary.
Can exchange students apply?
Exchange students can apply, and if they meet the criteria be interviewed. However, they will be placed on a waitlist and only receive an offer if there is spare capacity in the section.
View the Handbook for more information.
Read about the experiences of MBS students who completed a consulting subject in Student Stories.
If you have any questions about the Global Business Practicum, please email firstname.lastname@example.org