Bachelor of International Business (BIB)


Program Description

The Sprott School of Business offers a Bachelor of International Business which is recognized as a leading program in international business education. With a focus on international business, you will develop cross-cultural skills, become proficient in another language and study abroad for a year in a country where that language is spoken.

The Bachelor of International Business delivers a unique business education that is truly international.

The Sprott School of Business also offers a separate Bachelor of Commerce degree program.

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The Carleton advantage

Business is personal at Sprott. Here you’ll belong to a spirited and connected student community that offers endless opportunities to explore your interests and build your personal and professional networks while gaining valuable skills and experiences that help you stand out to employers.

  • Home to a tightknit community and ready-made network for students.
  • Outstanding student support.
  • Close interaction between faculty and students.
  • Real-world learning through industry speakers, class trips, case studies, hands-on projects involving real organizations as clients, and practice in all concentrations.
  • Career development from the first to final years.
  • Experiential learning opportunities, such as interuniversity case competitions and Sprott’s student-managed investment fund.
  • Award-winning faculty who have been recognized for teaching and research excellence.
  • Research-intensive culture brings the latest business knowledge directly to the classroom

International focus

  • Unique experiences that expose students to a variety of cultures and business practices.
  • International business programs offered at undergraduate, master and Ph.D. levels.
  • Study abroad opportunities for all business undergraduates.
  • Sprott students participate in and win international case competitions.
  • The Sprott MBA is delivered in Canada, China, and Colombia.
  • International faculty.

Sprott Business Career Management Center

Sprott’s naturally-recognized Business Career Management Center offers a full range of tailored services exclusively to Sprott students. These include:

  • mySprott web portal for business-specific job postings and career resources;
  • Industry career panels and employer events;
  • Alumni networking opportunities;
  • Tickets to business networking events, such as the Mayor’s Breakfast Series;
  • Special workshops to help you stand out to employers, such as business fashion and social media networking;
  • One-on-one career advising, resume review and interview preparation; and
  • Access to CareerLeader, a self-assessment tool that matches your interests and skills to career paths, and is used by top business schools worldwide including Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and INSEAD.

Sprott Student Investment Fund

Students who dream of careers on Bay Street and Wall Street have the ultimate opportunity to gain real money-management experience and learn investment strategies through the Sprott Student Investment Fund (SSIF).

Managed by a team of top finance students, SSIF is an investment portfolio valued at over $1 million. All members of the fund contribute to the analysis process, helping to assemble the ideal portfolio that prudently grows the fund’s capital.

SSIF alumni have gone on to top graduate programs and careers in investment banking and financial services at such organizations as Bank of Canada, Brookfield Asset Management, CIBC Asset Management, and RBC Capital Markets.

Sprott Competes

Sprott students consistently earn top place finishes at national and international business case competitions, proving they are among the best in the world.

In the case of competitions, teams must apply the knowledge gained through all of their courses to prepare and present a solution to a real-life business problem, in just a few hours.

Through Sprott Competes, our case training program, students develop skills that are highly valued by employers such as integrative thinking, decision making, communication, public speaking, teamwork, and the ability to work under pressure. Students are exposed to a variety of real business scenarios and feedback from industry professionals, giving them a real-world perspective that is typically only gained through on-the-job experience.

Student life

Sprott students are known for their passion and entrepreneurial spirit. There are 12 student-run organizations at Sprott that offer students opportunities to make new friends, build leadership skills and network with industry professionals while exploring their interests. All Sprott undergraduates belong to the Sprott Business Students’ Society (SBSS). SBSS organizes a number of events throughout the year, including the annual Business Banquet, 5 Days for the Homeless, case competitions, sports tournaments, and social events.

The capital advantage

At Carleton, we have the distinct advantage of being situated in Canada’s Capital, Ottawa. Our location offers unique opportunities for students and a complementary blend of city life and nature, culture and heritage, business and government.

For students, Ottawa offers employment and co-operative education opportunities in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Students have many opportunities throughout the year to network with industry experts, who often take part in courses as guest speakers and presentation judges.

Known as the seat of Canada’s federal government, Ottawa offers an unparalleled international network of government departments, international agencies, global companies, and an extensive diplomatic community.

Ottawa is home to a global technology hub of over 1,900 companies, ranging from multinationals to small and medium-sized enterprises. Ottawa boasts a vibrant entrepreneurial culture.

Ottawa offers the best of both worlds—the benefits of a big city with the comforts and safety of a small town. Ottawa was ranked the best place to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine. It ranks third in North America and 19th in the world in Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey.

As the nation’s capital, Ottawa hosts many visiting dignitaries, major sporting events and festivals, including Winterlude, Bluesfest and Canada Day. Here you will find national museums and historic sites, as well as the Ottawa Senators hockey team, and former Grey Cup champions – the Ottawa Redblacks!

Ottawa is one of the world’s most picturesque capitals with many parks, green spaces, and waterways. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating along the Rideau Canal, the world’s longest skating rink. In warmer months, Ottawans enjoy cycling, golf, white water rafting, zip-lining and more. Just minutes from downtown lies Gatineau Park, 361 square kilometers of forest, lakes, beaches, nature trails, and stunning lookouts.

Carleton’s campus is situated a short ride from Parliament Hill and Ottawa’s downtown core. Our self-contained campus is bordered by the Rideau Canal, Rideau River, and a quiet residential neighborhood. The campus is well serviced by public transportation, with several bus routes and light rail stop on campus.

The program

The Bachelor of International Business (BIB) delivers a truly international business education. It focuses on five key elements:

  • Intensive training in one of five offered languages (Years 1 & 2)
  • A full academic year abroad to enhance language fluency and cultural knowledge (Year 3);
  • Core courses in business fundamentals;
  • Specialized courses in international business and management; and
  • The option to choose from three concentrations for further specialization


  • Global financial management and systems
  • International marketing and trade
  • International strategy and human resources management

You may also complete the BIB without a concentration.

International Opportunities

In today’s global business environment, international experience is a standout item on your resumé. Studying abroad offers students a transformative opportunity to be immersed in another culture and region of the world. Students develop cross-cultural skills and a global perspective.

Study abroad is open to all Sprott undergraduates. Through Carleton’s exchange agreements, students pay Carleton tuition and receive a transfer of credit for successfully completed courses.

All Bachelor of International Business students must study abroad for a full academic year at one of 40+ partner institutions in 13 countries. In addition, to study abroad, Sprott students have many opportunities to gain international experiences, including taking part in international case competitions, global leadership programs, and international study tours.

Language requirements (other than English)

In years one and two, BIB students are required to take language courses in one of French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, or Spanish.

Future opportunities

The workplace

Where can your Bachelor of International Business lead you? Here is just a sampling of career paths you can pursue with your degree. (Further education may be required)

  • Business analysis
  • Business development
  • Foreign affairs
  • Imports/exports
  • International finance
  • International human resources
  • International marketing
  • International trade
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Tourism

Graduate school

Many BIB alumni have gone on to graduate programs in Business, Finance, International Affairs, Law, International Development, Communications and more. The Sprott School offers an accelerated MBA for business graduates, allowing them to complete the Sprott MBA in just 12 months and includes an internship.

The Sprott Master of Accounting is accredited by CPA Ontario and provides direct access to the CPA Common Final Exam.


  • Accounting/Account Management
  • Administration
  • Business
  • Diplomacy
  • International Business
  • International Trade
  • Management
  • Small Business

Explore International Business (BIB) at Carleton University

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Carleton University, Canada’s Capital University, is a dynamic and innovative university with a strong commitment to teaching, research and learning. Our academic programs, campus community, capital l ... Read More

Carleton University, Canada’s Capital University, is a dynamic and innovative university with a strong commitment to teaching, research and learning. Our academic programs, campus community, capital location and global possibilities provide countless opportunities for learning to happen both inside and outside of the classroom. Read less