Business is increasingly globalized and the cross-border nature of markets, clients, competition, and suppliers is the new reality. Whether you are a seasoned professional looking for a shift in perspective, an entrepreneur with international goals, or a recent college or university graduate looking to focus your career direction, IBM provides a solid foundation in business as an international pursuit. Graduates gain knowledge and expertise in intercultural communication and negotiation skills, international marketing, human resource management, logistics and supply chain management, international business law, finance, and ethics and sustainability.
Alpha College of Business & Technology connects international students seeking a quality post-secondary education with one of the leading colleges in Ontario. The Academy is affiliated with St. Lawrence College, who provides oversight over all curriculum, faculty, and operational quality for college-level programs delivered at Alpha’s Toronto campus. Students can learn how to apply through Alpha at alphacollege.ca/how-to-apply and are considered enrolled at St. Lawrence College once admitted. Graduates receive a St. Lawrence College diploma or graduate certificate, depending on their course of study.
St. Lawrence College and Alpha College of Business & Technology have partnered to enable international students to earn a diploma in Toronto. Curriculum is set and delivered by St. Lawrence College, and is designed to meet the unique challenges faced by international students. The program helps students meet their academic goals by offering quality education in a challenging yet student-friendly environment. Lessons are designed to combine theory with practical experience, and the program provides a metropolitan experience to international students. In addition to easy access to highly qualified faculty, dedicated staff, and impressive facilities, small class sizes ensure a supportive and social community for all students.
Additional benefits include studying in a city and environment with rich cultural diversity, multiple job options upon graduation, and access to the wealth of conveniences and culture that Toronto has to offer. The program offers flexible instruction hours and affordable tuition fees with convenient payment options are available to cater to students’ financial needs.
Learners identify the elements of and build a marketing plan. They design international marketing activities to achieve international business targets. Learners identify and describe the principles of marketing, including distinctions between domestic and international marketing, and they analyze current international marketing trends and issues, such as adapting and/or developing products and services and sales and marketing strategies for international markets.
Learners examine the basic legal principles impacting international business from the perspective of Canadian business law in an international context. They discuss and debate issues such as intellectual property, competition (antitrust) laws, and public trade law.
Learners explore and discuss the context in which international trade takes place. Learners analyze the opportunities and challenges of the global marketplace. Topics include a code of conduct for international trade professionals, human rights, ethical practices, diversity in the workplace, the environment, and more.
Learners assess barriers to market entry, differentiate between market entry strategies, recommend potential international partners through consultations and analysis of strengths and weaknesses, and practice negotiating partnership agreements.
Learners develop and practice written and interpersonal cross-cultural communications skills. Within the context of cross-cultural communications, learners research, write, and present business documents, such as reports, proposals, memos, emails, minutes and agendas, and oral presentations. Learners work independently and in teams.
In this course, students learn the foundational principles for project management. Students learn contemporary methodologies for managing projects based on project management industry standards. Students cover a foundation of all project management knowledge areas and learn foundational strategies, tools, and techniques that are used for managing projects successfully.
Learners draw on the foundations developed in Global Business Environment to engage in detailed exploration of international business ethics and strategic decision making. Learners develop business strategies and plans that address the environmental, cultural, and societal issues of operating in a global market. Emphasis is placed on the use of Corporate Social Responsibility practices for long-term business success.
Learners gain insight into global supply chain activities including production and inventory management processes and regulatory and security requirements. Learners explore such topics as a logistics plan, transport modes, outside service providers, order processing, inventory management, and the mitigation of barriers with particular emphasis placed on enhancing the Essential Employability Skills for the requisite competencies of the global supply chain management workforce of today.
Learners acquire a broad overview of the nature and scope of international finance, including the major principles of corporate finance, international financial markets and the "Four Pillars" of trade finance. Learners select and practice financial methods and tools used to conduct international business transactions. The importance of export credit agencies and other financial institutions in international trade is also explored.
Learners examine strategies for global recruitment and selection, cross-cultural adjustment and repatriation, performance management, and other human resource challenges and risks in various legal and economic contexts in order to design and deliver international Human Resources Management (HRM) programs.
Learners explore the global marketplace to identify potential entrepreneurial business opportunities.
Learners conduct research and create an international business plan. Learners design evaluation criteria to measure the success of the business plan. The fundamentals of import/export ventures are reviewed.
This course is designed to explore organizational experience from the perspective of behavioural economics and insights, psychological and systems resiliency, and anti-fragility to prepare students for confronting and managing dynamically evolving and challenging business (domestic and global) contexts and environments. Students will analyze organizational conditions from the perspective of refining and/or building responsive capabilities to manage and thrive in conditions of uncertainty and volatility. Integrating and expanding on a range of concepts and insights (social perceptiveness, psychological safety and wellness, collective intelligence, eustress, organizational alignment, negotiation, and decision-making) students will develop skills and tools to improve organizational performance and sustainability as well as personal and professional anti-fragility.
Learners develop and implement team projects by applying project management principles, utilizing skills and knowledge such as cross-cultural communications, leadership, group dynamics, conflict resolution, negotiation techniques, and more. The course will cumulate in the completion of a comprehensive international business and marketing plan with follow-up audit of a project, including risks, logistics, and challenges, to assess goal achievement.
This course introduces students to business intelligence tools and emerging technologies. The course focuses on problem based, real world applications. Learners solve novel challenges for businesses or non-for-profit organizations using current industry problem-solving frameworks within interdisciplinary teams.
A two- or three-year college diploma or undergraduate university degree (Bachelor’s) in any field of study is required.
Applicants must submit transcripts verifying previous academic qualifications and experience from recognized institutions. All documentation must be submitted in English. If the original documents are not issued in English, please provide official translated copies.
Applicants must be fluent enough in English to understand the instructors and technical language used during each course. An acceptable score on an English proficiency test is required to be considered for admission.
Popular tests to demonstrate proof of English proficiency:
- TOEFL iBT – A minimum score of 83
- IELTS Academic – A minimum score of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each section
- CAEL – Overall score of 60
- Duolingo – A minimum score of 115 is temporarily accepted for admission
The full list of tests acceptable as proof of English proficiency is available here.
Fees are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters.
Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2023-2024.
Alpha College of Business & Technology
Graduates seek opportunities in a range of public and private sectors, locally and internationally, such as private businesses, manufacturers, transportation and trade, insurance, banking, start-ups, government departments and ministries, regulatory bodies, professional organizations, international agencies, and non-governmental agencies (NGOs). Careers include:
- Sales Representative/Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Project Manager
- Logistics and Operations Manager
- Human Resources Manager
- Import/Export Coordinator
- Entrepreneur/Business Owner
- Business Development Advisor
- International Business Affairs Officer
- Business Analyst
- Customs Broker
- International Account Representative/Manager