ACP International Finance

ACP International Finance


Learn the foundations of international finance and the history and structure of international financial markets. You will discover the basic forces behind international investment flows and gain an understanding of the financial management techniques used by multinational firms. Determine the functions of foreign exchange spot trading, forward and derivatives transactions, and learn alternative financing and payment methods.


  • Analyze and understand financial data from multinational companies
  • Create and analyze financial models
  • Examine international financial markets and develop investment strategies
  • Develop effective financial risk management strategies
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global job market with an internship in a U.S. company

Certificate Requirements

To earn a certificate at UCI Division of Continuing Education, students must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.


Introduction to an ACP

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

Professional Communications Seminar (PCS)

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


Examine the accounting principles used by multinational companies. Accounting equation, financial statement structure, financial statement analysis, cost structures (including fixed, variable, breakeven analysis, and overhead), cost systems, capital markets, working capital management, and present value will be explored. Study the accounting techniques needed to prepare a financial statement analysis and to compare financial results of different companies.

Financial Mathematics

Examine the principles of financial mathematics and statistics. Time value of money, simple and compound interest rates, valuation of stocks and bonds, investment returns, financial valuation of projects, and probability in financial valuations will be explored. Study calculations common to business decision-making and how to apply mathematical tools to analyze financial data.

Financial Modeling

Examine the principles used in creating financial models. Study how to apply financial theories and concepts in the development of spreadsheet models that support effective financial analysis, as well as how to create models to compare financial statements of different companies using ratio analysis and other techniques.

International Finance Markets

Examine the international markets driving the global economy. The four financial markets – stock, bond, foreign exchange, and money – used by governments and multinational companies will be explored. Study how to track the four financial markets, how and why multinational companies invest their money, and where governments and businesses go to raise money.

International Financial Market Strategies

Examine investment strategies for international markets. The role of exchanges and other markets as venues for trading stocks, bonds, currencies, and derivatives will be explored, as well as a broad range of investment securities, their pricing, trading, and application, both in hedging and speculation. Study the role and strategies of using market instruments in financial management decisions.

Financial Analysis

Examine the principles of financial statement analysis in a global context. How to interpret financial ratios, industry models, multiple year financial trends in companies and industries, profitability, and risks will be explored. Study income statements and balance statements in the same manner as chief financial officers, owners, presidents, and boards of directors of multinational companies.

Risk Management in the Multinational Firm

Examine risk factors facing multinational firms and the mitigation options available. How to identify the most common types of risk from analyzing a firm’s public financial documents, income statements, and balance statements will be explored. Study how to develop a risk management strategy relevant to the objectives of the firm.


As an optional last course and for an additional fee of $2,400, 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 is the Résumé Writing and Interviewing Skills workshop.
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