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International Business Principles

Nov 29 - Nov 29, 2018

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In this Certificate, you learn to identify, assess and prioritize financial regulations.

  • Taught by Professor Rydzewski.
  • What are ways to manage the risks in entering international business markets?
  • This Certificate teaches you how to assess a global industry and describe the steps required for a company to enter the global marketplace.

International Business Principles

  • Taught by Professor Rydzewski.
  • What are the key international business entry modes? What are ways to manage the risks in entering international business markets?
  • This Certificate provides an introduction to international business and introduces students to an overview of internationalization. 

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Compete in a Global World

With over 7 billion people in the world today, products and services need to be available on a global scale. This certificate in International Business will provide you with the foundational tools to create a business globalization strategy. It will also provide you with an understanding of the various modes of entry and risks that are associated with international business. During this course of study, you will examine the four main risks associated with pursuing international business, proven ways to minimize those risks, and how to use risk prevention to reduce negative financial impacts. You will also learn different strategies for entry into the global marketplace and be able to determine a starting point and method of entry for international business ventures.

This Certificate has three Units so you can easily fit the learning into your personal schedule.

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Tuition covers all three Units.

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Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3

Foundations of International Business

Foundations of International Business: This Unit provides an overview of international business, with emphasis on the reasons why companies globalize, the four types of international business activities, and the political and legal factors that impact international trade.

This Unit is designed to assist you in answering the following questions: 

1. Why do companies choose to internationalize?

2. What steps do companies choose to enter the global marketplace?

You will learn to:

  • Determine the motives for a company to internationalize.
  • Identify and describe the elements that are required for an international business.
  • List and describe four types of activities used in international business.
  • Assess a global industry and describe the steps required for a company to enter the global marketplace.


Risks Associated with Doing Internationals

Risks Associated with Doing International Business: Unit 2 identifies and describes the four major risks of doing business internationally: cultural risks, country risks, currency risks, and commercial risks. Various methods will be presented that can be used to proactively minimize these risks, enabling a smooth process of entry into the international marketplace.

This Unit is designed to assist you in answering the following questions: 

1. What are the four major risks of doing business internationally and how can I proactively manage them?

2. What proven entry strategies can I use to begin globalization?.

You will learn to:

  • Identify the four major risks of doing business internationally.
  • Describe steps that companies can take when minimizing risks.
  • Determine risk prevention methods that will deter negative financial impacts on a business.
  • Develop strategies to manage commercial risk issues proactively.

Selecting an Entry Mode

Risks Associated With Doing International Business: Unit 3 provides insight into the types of international business entry modes as well as outlining the selection process that is used to identify the most beneficial method. Import and export processes are described as well as contractual relationships that are a major part of any import/export plan.  

This Unit is designed to assist you in answering the following questions: 

1. What are the key international business modes?

2. What is the process to effectively select an entry mode?

You will learn to:

  • Describe and evaluate the basic entry modes used in international business.
  • Analyze and describe how the import/export process is used in international business.
  • Compare the various types of contractual relationships and create a successful import/export plan.
  • Compare the use of strategic alliances and joint ventures in international business and analyze the features of each.

Who should enroll:  This Certificate is ideal for individuals who want to increase their skills and value to their future organizations, including those planning a career in:

  • Finance
  • Global Management
  • Business Leadership
  • International Trading
  • International Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship.


Frank Rydzewski, MBA

Frank Rydzewski is a clinical faculty member of the Sonoco International Business Department in the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Mr. Rydzewski’s expertise in cross-cultural business relations and corporate global strategy & implementation have contributed to his extensive record of multi-national corporate dealings around the globe. 

Frank Rydzewski joined the Moore School of Business in January 2012, after five-plus years at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. He taught global strategy, international business, and global learning experiences to Executive MBA's, evening and day MBA's, and undergraduate business students at the University of Iowa. He was voted faculty of the year for core MBA courses in 2007, and in 2011 for elective courses. He has led student-learning courses to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Korea, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, and China. 


The University of South Carolina

*Ranked #1 | International Business by U.S. News & World Report*

Known for its strong commitment to research and innovative programs that help students connect real world experiences with instruction, the University of South Carolina’s honors college is ranked the best honors college in the United States by A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs.

In addition, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designated South Carolina, S.C. as a top-tier research institution with exceptional community engagement. Faculty members received more than $230 million in sponsored research awards in 2014 and filed 354 invention disclosures and 198 patent applications in the past five years alone.

The University of South Carolina is the leader in the fields of business and economics, and was named the #1 school in undergraduate International Business by U.S. News & World Report for 13 consecutive years. At the graduate level, the Financial Times of London ranked South Carolina’s MBA program #1 worldwide in international business.

Earning a Certificate in International Business from the University of South Carolina, means you are learning from the world’s best adding a validated strength to your career, resume and LinkedIn profile.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is a membership honor society that recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students. It provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. Phi Theta Kappa has 1300 chapters and adds 135,000 of the top-performing community college students each year.



Course Rules

Question Policy
How is the International Honors Certificate designed? Each International Honors Certificate Course is specialized content from a top university and contains three Units. Each Unit has an end of Unit Quiz which must be passed prior to moving forward. At the end of all three Units, you must pass a Certificate final exam in order to earn the International Honors Certificate.
How is the International Honors Certificate Unit graded? The IHC Units are pass/fail in nature and the student must achieve at least 80% to pass. Students will need to pass the end of Certificate exam to complete and receive the Certificate.
How many times can I take an end of Unit quiz in the International Honors Certificate? The Unit quiz may be taken an unlimited number of times.
How many times can I take the International Honors end of Certificate exam? Students have two attempts to pass the end of Certificate final exam. Students who do not achieve the required minimum score of 80% by the second attempt will not pass the IHC and will not receive a Certificate.
How long do I have to complete the International Honors Certificate Unit? You will have 90 days to finish the International Honors Certificate.
What if I signed up for the wrong Certificate? (What is the refund policy?) Your satisfaction is our goal. If for any reason you are not satisfied, you will have 3 days from purchase by which to request a refund for the International Honors Certificate. However, please note that if you have accessed more than one lesson/module/topic's worth of content, no refund will be given.  For assistance, please email
What if I have a technical or policy question? Please email