ACP International Business Operations & Management


Campus PhotoThe continued growth in international trade and the growing opportunities for boosting sales, increasing market share and ROI, finding raw materials, and lowering costs in international markets have greatly impacted businesses and how they operate. To compete in the global marketplace, professionals must learn the strategies, policies, norms and technology necessary to conduct international business, develop an overseas customer base and ultimately manage the international business operations. To be successful, business professionals must understand and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the starting, or expansion of, international operations.


  • Develop and present a comprehensive business plan focused on data obtained through financial requirements and consumer research
  • Develop specific skills in the areas of international marketing, management, finance and business negotiations
  • Identify the strategies, policies and norms necessary to conduct international business
  • Describe specific business strategies for conducting business in designated international markets
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global job market with an internship in a U.S. company

Who Should Attend

The Certificate Program in International Business Operations & Management is designed for mid-level and senior professionals in small, medium and large organizations who are planning to manage the starting or expanding of their business globally.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the certificate, participants must complete the six required courses listed below, each with a grade of "C" or better for a total of 160 hours of instruction.

All certificate programs at UC Irvine Extension require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. International students who do not meet certificate program admissions requirements are invited to enroll in one of our English Language Programs.

Admission Requirements

As an optional last course and for an additional fee, you have the opportunity to apply academic theory and gain practical experience in a variety of businesses and industries for up to three months. A research project provides additional training. Also included in the internship are the Resume Development and Interviewing Skills workshops.
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Jiqing Liu“I gained professional skills, cross-cultural knowledge, and a multinational social network with classmates and professors. I began applying the practical skills and knowledge I acquired in an internship at a local international logistics company.”
Jiqing Liu
IMBA, IEDE (Institute for Executive Development)
Universidad Europea de Madrid
ACP International Business Operations and Management, Internship, ACP Business Administration, OPT

Program Cost

Tuition for applications received by March 31, 2015:
  • Certificate: $7,500 (Approximate total cost: $12,300 USD, excludes airfare)
  • Internship: $2,100
Tuition effective April 1, 2015:
  • Certificate: $7,900
  • Internship: $2,400


Jan 3 - Mar 26
Jan 6 - Mar 31
Apr 4 - Jun 26
Apr 3 - Jun 24
Jul 3 - Sept 24
Jul 2 - Sept 23
Sept 19 - Dec 15
Sept 18 - Dec 10


Campus PhotoThe program examines the knowledge base needed to conduct international trade and provides participants with strategies, tools, technology and management skills needed to conduct multi-cultural business. Special emphasis throughout the program is given to understanding the components of an international business plan.

Introduction to an ACP

Gain an overview of the American higher educational system and acquire the academic skills to ensure your success in an ACP.

Professional Communications Seminar (PCS)

Understand American business culture, sharpen your communication and presentation skills, learn professional etiquette, and improve your business English.


  • International Business: Strategy and Structure
  • International Finance: Techniques and Operations
  • International Marketing: Globalization and Localization
  • Cross Cultural Communications and Negotiations
  • Import/Export: International Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • International Business Planning for Your Product or Service: A Capstone Course