Globalisation is a worldwide phenomenon – one that affects Singapore’s economy too.
Prepare yourself for the increasingly globalised, multicultural workplace with the Diploma Plus Certificate in International Business (DPCIB).
Broaden your knowledge beyond your diploma of study and acquire cross-cultural communication and business skills.
Understand the global business landscape and the different factors and rationales that underscore and drive the worldwide economy.
Gain in-depth insights into the various communication and management styles of different nationalities to effectively negotiate and do business with international clients and stakeholders – giving yourself an edge over your peers in the global workforce.
Each module costs $140 (excluding GST), which you are required to pay before it commences.
If you are interested in pursuing a DPCIB but need financial assistance, please contact Student Support.
For enquiries, please email Programme Head.
The course consists of three modules:
Module 1: Introduction to International Business
This module provides a broad overview of global business environment, understanding the rationale of developing an external economy for Singapore and factors affecting a firm's ability to compete domestically and globally. It also introduces new terminologies related to import/export procedures, commonly used shipping terms and trade financing mechanisms.
Module 2: Marketing: An International Perspective
This is module allows students to understand basic theories in marketing such as the 4Ps and SWOT analysis using varying examples from an international perspective. Through practical case studies, this module covers an overview of marketing plan formulation to create exchanges across international boundaries.
Module 3: Cross-Cultural Business: Networking and Negotiation
This module introduces students to broad principles and issues related to cross-cultural business interactions, as well as provide opportunities for students to develop cross-cultural networking, communication and negotiation skills. Students will learn the broad approaches to business networking across cultures as well as basic business etiquette in a variety of Asian and western settings. They will also learn to communicate and negotiate effectively with business contacts and partners across cultures.
Leveraging on RP’s Problem-based Learning approach, the course will teach you core international
business and marketing principles and concepts through interactive seminars, group discussions,
case studies, multimedia resources, activities, and worksheets.
There are no examinations. You will be assessed entirely on course assignments and attendance.
There is also no Reflection Journal component to this course.
A minimum 80% attendance rate is required to pass each module.
You will need to pass all three modules in order to receive the Diploma Plus Certificate. Otherwise,
you will only be awarded a certificate for the module that you pass.
You may retake a module if you fail it. But you must ultimately pass all three modules within eight
months in order to be awarded the Diploma Plus Certificate.
DPCIB classes are held on weekday evenings during term time, and weekday mornings and
afternoons during school holidays.
There will be no lessons during the Mid Semester Assessment and End Semester Examination periods.
There will also be no lessons on public holidays.
Click here to view the Academic Year course timetable.
The DPCIB programme is open to all Republic Polytechnic Year 1 and Year 2 students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in Semester 2.
The estimated cohort intake for Academic Year 2022 is estimated to be 50. Acceptance is based on merit. Applicants with better scores will be considered for admission first, subject to the availability of vacancies.
If your application is successful, you will be notified and commence the programme in Semester 1 in AY2022.
To apply, please email the Programme Head.