Businesses and their operations have been greatly impacted by the 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. 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.


  • Discover how multinational firms use the markets to manage investments, financing activities, and risk
  • Explore how corporations adapt brands and products to meet the needs of global markets
  • Learn to conduct business negotiations in various cultural contexts
  • Develop and present a business plan for an international venture supported by research and sound financial calculations
  • 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 a certificate at UCI Division of Continuing Education, students must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.


International Business StrategyExpand
Examine today’s global marketplace and the opportunities and challenges it presents to international companies. Learn major theories of international trade and their relevance towards economic development, competitive advantage, and strategic implications. Learn how international businesses gain a competitive advantage for their products or services in the dynamic world marketplace.

International FinanceExpand
Discover the impact of the international financial markets in today’s global economy. Learn how and why international companies use the four financial markets – stock, bond, foreign exchange, and money – to manage their international financial operations.

International MarketingExpand
Learn the principles of marketing products and services in the international context by analyzing marketing objectives and strategies, research and development, branding, pricing, promotions, channels of distribution, and creating line extensions. Study how lucrative brands are able to successfully market to a variety of cultures through various technologies.

Intercultural Communications and NegotiationsExpand
Learn how to manage cultural differences to achieve successful international business outcomes. Explore how communication styles, value systems, beliefs, and organizational structures vary across cultures, as well as how international companies manage, compensate, and motivate workers. Learn to plan, work, and negotiate successfully in the global marketplace.

International Trade and Supply ChainExpand
People in both large and small companies, whether marketing to just one country or globally, need to understand the distribution systems of their target markets. Explore the supply chain including physical transportation, infrastructure, inventory and packaging, customs privileged facilities, developing efficient freight pricings, the role of service providers, and marine cargo insurance.

International Business Planning CapstoneExpand
In this capstone course, work in teams to select a product, research and analyze information, develop a marketing strategy, and understand the financial requirements with expected return on investment (ROI) to create an actionable business plan. Deliver a professional presentation of the business plan to peers and instructors as a culmination of the program.


As an optional last course and for an additional fee of $2,900, you have the opportunity to apply academic theory and gain practical experience in a variety of businesses and industries for 10 weeks. Also included in the internship is the Résumé Writing and Interviewing Skills workshop.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What time are ACPs offered?Expand
Classes are scheduled variously between 09:00 and 17:00 (California time).  Students will learn their specific class times when they enroll.

Is part-time study available?Expand
All ACP students must study full-time only.

What are the visa requirements of the program?Expand
An F-1 student visa is required for full-time, on-campus study.

Are there internship opportunities available after ACP study? Expand
Yes.  ACP programs offer internship opportunities at Southern California companies. 

Can ACP students apply for an OPT after their program?Expand
F-1 students who maintained their F-1 status for one full academic year (3 consecutive quarters) may apply for an OPT.  Contact an international student advisor at immigrationofficials@ce.uci.edu for more information.


Program Cost

Certificate Tuition: $7,900

Approximate Total Cost: $14,100 USD

Amount shown above is an approximation for tuition plus living expenses (housing, transportation, meals, books, etc.) This amount is before any discounts applied and excludes airfare.

You can view all the tuition and fees rates on our Tuition and Fees page

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Admissions Requirements


Winter 2024Jan 8 - Mar 22
Spring 2024Apr 1 - Jun 14
Summer 2024Jun 24 - Sep 6