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International Business Communication Skills

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Start Date
17 Oct 2020 (Sat)
Next intake(s)
Sep 2021
20 weeks
Course Fee
IMPORTANT NOTE to SPACE Business English Applicants:

(1) Course start date is postponed to 17 October 2020 (Sat);

(2) For admission details or placement test appointments, please contact Ms Jasmine Chiu (2975 5880) / Ms Christy Chung (2975 5695).

We thank you for your interest in SPACE Business English.

Business English Programme Team
September 2020

International Business Communication Skills is one of the modules* leading to the SPACE Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Business English Award. The module helps working professionals communicate accurately and effectively in English in various business contexts, by enabling them to:
• discuss language complexities found in international business situations; and
• communicate effectively in different cultural settings in the workplace.

* The module can also be taken as an individual course with no obligation to complete the whole Diploma/Advanced Diploma programme.

The learning experience in International Business Communication Skills is focused on culture and communication aspects in an international business environment through the use of interactive class sessions, discussions of business scenarios and research inquiry skills.

It helps students develop some of the communication skills that are essential for the workplace. 

In particular, the module covers:

  • Intercultural differences in communication
  • Profiling communicative styles across cultures
  • Language for positive cross-cultural communication
  • International communication dilemmas: Case studies  
Teaching Staff

Instructors of the course are drawn from our panel of qualified and experienced English language teachers. Some of them are native speakers; others are local teachers with native speaker competence. 


International Business Communication Skills is one of the four modules* leading to the Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Business English Award. 

 *The four modules are: 

  • Professional Written Communication Skills
  • Report Writing and Presentation Skills
  • International Business Communication Skills
  • Professional Business English Through Case Studies 

Successful completion of all four modules leads to the HKU SPACE Advanced Diploma in Business English.

 Completion of any two of the four modules leads to the HKU SPACE Diploma in Business English Award.

 Students can also take individual courses with no commitment to complete the whole programme. 


The Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Business English is a module-based programme, offering flexibility to learners.  Students will be awarded Diploma/Advanced Diploma depending on the number of modules successfully completed (See Awards). 

Only FULL programmes are reimbursable under the CEF scheme.  To be eligible to CEF reimbursements, students have to successfully complete a minimum of TWO modules under the Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Business English programme.

  • Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
  • Unless changes are made to the advertised details, we do not usually issue joining instructions. If your application has been accepted, you should go to the first session of the class at the time and place shown. 

No refunds or transfers to a different class will be approved.



Application Code 1845-2417AW -
Start Date Postponed from 19 Sep to 17 Oct 2020 (Sat)
Time 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Venue Room 1201, HPSHCC Campus

  • 20 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting

Those holding the following do not have to take the entry test:

  1. HKU SPACE Diploma in General English; or
  2. HKU SPACE Certificate in Business English, with Merit (Credit) or above; or  HKU SPACE Advanced Certificate in General English, with Merit (Credit) or above;  HKAL Use of English Grade D; or
  3. HKDSE in English Language Level 4 or above; or
  4. HKCEE English Language Grade C (Syllabus B)/Grade A (Syllabus A)/Level 4 or above; or
  5. IELTS 6.
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered on individual merits.
  • Applicants may be required to take a written test in English.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements or are unable to produce documentary proof(s) need to take the SPACE Business English Entry Test.  There is a non-refundable charge of $200 for this 90-minute written test.  Based on the test results, applicants will be placed in a Business English programme most suited to their levels.

The test results will be released in good time to enable successful applicants to enrol for the module(s) of their choice. The test schedules for this intake are:

Day/Time Application code Venue

*18 Jul 2020 (Saturday) 10:30 am

For registration, please refer to Business English Day.

Room 310, Admiralty Centre, Admiralty, HK

21 Aug 2020 (Friday)

7:00 pm


Room 1401,  Fortress Tower Learning Centre

*Enrol on the same day and enjoy Fee Waiver. [Please pay the Business English Entry Test Fee in cheque (payable to HKU SPACE) at Room 310 Admiralty Centre. The Fee ($200) will be refunded to those who enrol into a Business English course on the same day (18 Jul 2020).]

Application forms for the Business English Entry Test are available from:

  • any HKU enrolment centre
  • HKU SPACE website
Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$6,400 (Regular)
  • Early Bird Rate : HK$6,200 (For enrolment received on/before 14 Aug 2020)

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Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applicants are required to complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26.  Either take or post the completed form, along with the appropriate course fee and supporting documents, to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

Payment Method
1.  Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2.  Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course fees in the form of a cheque, and supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3.  VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4.  Online payment

The course fees of all open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.

Notes to applicants
  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  5. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.
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