Diploma in International Business

SIM Global Education

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Diploma, single major

Awarded by
Awarded by

Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 15 months

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Now till 09 August 2024 (For International Applicants) Now till 16 August 2024 (For Local Applicants)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

$13,265.30 - S$14,682.30

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Developed and Awarded by Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore

This 15-month programme is best suited for those who want to: 

  • Understand the international dimensions of business 
  • Pursue a career in a multi-cultural commercial setting or in an international environment 



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will acquire:

  1. Skills, knowledge, and aptitude to work in national and international environments that are competitive, complex and culturally diverse
  2. Specialised tools in marketing, accounting, finance, and organisation management that are necessary to understand the intentional dimensions of commerce and business

Further Studies & Career Prospects

With the Diploma, you can apply for advanced standing to the various degree programmes with our partner universities.

View details about advanced standing (PDF 120 KB)

Graduates may work in MNCs and organisations with international-related businesses and commerce.

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Pride and joy: Hear it from SIM graduate Ashley's parents!

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Why study at SIM


SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.


Excellent value with lower tuition costs in SIM, with opportunities for overseas exchange and transfer.


Bond-Free Scholarship & Bursary - Scholarships are available to students who excel in academics, sports or arts.


Global Perspectives & Insights - Exposure to diverse cultures and a global network.

Learn more about the SIM Advantage

Intake Dates

April 2024 Intake


1 Apr 2024 – 30 Jun 2025


25 August 2023 till 09 February 2024 (For International Applicants)
25 August 2023 till 16 February 2024 (For Local Applicants)

October 2024 intake 


1 Oct 2024 to 31 Dec 2025


18 November 2023 till 09 August 2024 (For International Applicants)
18 November 2023 till 16 August 2024 (For Local Applicants)

Download academic calendar (PDF 210 KB)

Maximum allowed period to complete the 15-month programme is 30 months or 2.5 years.

No refund or recourse should the student fail to complete in the maximum period.

SIM reserves the right to recommend and withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme, especially when the student’s pass has expired.



  • The course is 100% face-to-face lecture-based learning.
  • Coursework includes attendance at lectures, discussions of case studies, tests, presentations, and completion of group and individually written assignments.
  • Contact hours: 42 hours per module, total: 630 hours
  • 5 terms. Each term is a period of three months.
  • Lectures at least 6 times a week (Mon-Sat)
  • Each lesson: 3 hours
  • Classes and workshops are available on study skills, academic writing and presentation.
  • Academic materials include module outlines, reading lists and handbooks on study strategies.
  • Minimum class size to commence: 25 students. Students will be informed within 30 days before class commences.

Assessment & Attendance

  • Continuous assessment and end-of-term exam.  
  • Continuous assessments include case studies, class tests, discussions, presentations, group, and individual assignments.  
  • To attain a pass for each module, students must achieve overall minimum GPA of 1.0 (grade D).
  • Attendance requirement
    • Local students: 75%
    • International students: at least 90% attendance in any month of the course (as required by the Singapore Immigration Checkpoints Authority).

Requirements to Graduate

Students who pass all 15 modules will be issued a transcript and awarded with a Diploma from SIM upon graduation.


15-month full-time programme (5 terms) of 15 modules:

  • Business Accounting
  • Business Management and Communications
  • Business Mathematics
  • Business Statistics
  • Business Law
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Economics for Managers
  • Export-Import Operations and E-Commerce
  • Global Supply Chain
  • International Finance
  • International HRM
  • International Relations
  • Managing Business Finance
  • Negotiation and Inter-Cultural Management
  • Principles of Marketing

View module descriptions (PDF 85 KB)


Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

  • GCE A-level, IB diploma, or other equivalent pre-university certifications, or Polytechnic diploma, or SIM GE’s foundation programme, namely, Management Foundation Studies (MFS)
  • Other qualifications will be assessed based on the equivalence to GCE ‘A’ level examinations.

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements might be recommended to undergo the 6-month Management Foundation Studies (MFS) programme.

Equivalent International Qualifications

International applicants will be assessed on the qualification’s equivalent to the GCE ‘A’ level examinations. For information on international qualifications, refer to SIM’s International Student Prospectus.

Download the International Student Prospectus

English Language Requirements

  • GCE ‘O’ level credit pass (grade 1 to 6) in English (as first language); or
  • English ACT Total score of 24 with at least 20 for writing; or
  • TOEFL 550 (TWE 4.0) or 59 (iBT) or 59 (iBT Home Edition); or
  • IELTS 5.5; or
  • Pass SIM English test at Advanced 1 level; or
  • SAT I 550 (critical reading & writing); or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTEA) 42; or
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) Advanced Level; or
  • Duolingo English Test score (DET) of 90; or
  • An equivalent English Language qualification

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement would need to undergo the Certificate in English Language (CEL) programme prior to enrolment in the MFS and Diploma programmes.

The duration of the CEL programme depends on the applicant’s English language proficiency level.

Applicants can sit for an English Placement Test conducted by SIM to determine their English language proficiency level.

View full requirements 


  • IELTS or TOEFL scores must be less than two years at point of enrolment.
  • The SIM English Placement Test results will be valid for one year from the date of the test.


Fees & Financial Aid 

Programme fees are payable over 5 terms before class starts.

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques.

Programme Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Local students:

  • Total Programme Fees: S$12,753.00
  • Per module: S$850.20

International students:

  • Total Programme Fees: S$13,734.00
  • Per module: S$915.60

GST Notes
Fees published are inclusive of current GST of 9%.

Mandatory Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Student Development Fee

Applicable to all students embarking on a full-time Diploma or Undergraduate programme at SIM. This fee goes towards activities that will help in students’ personal growth and equip them with functional skills that enhance their employability.


International Student Induction Fee

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants:

International applicants:
S$545.00 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)