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Field of Study: International Business, Trade, and Finance


International business, trade, and finance programs prepare people to do business in other countries.



In international business, trade, and finance students learn about:

  • Import and export policy
  • Trade controls
  • Foreign markets
  • International banking
  • Money and capital markets
  • Risk analysis

Besides a general business education, international business programs may also require study of a foreign language or cultural studies.

In international business, trade, and finance programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • International finance
  • International business

Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. A relevant internship for this program would be in a foreign country or with a business that operates in a global market.

Several community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in international business, trade and finance. An associate degree program usually takes two years to complete. An associate degree is good preparation to work in sales, shipping, or customer service.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in this program. A bachelor's degree usually takes four years of full-time study. Some programs include a one-year, study-abroad experience. A bachelor's degree is good preparation to work as a specialist in a department such as marketing or finance.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in international business. It is also possible to focus on international business in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.