International Trade Classes and Training Programs

International trade classes and training programs range from short certificate programs designed to prepare you for entry-level jobs to graduate degrees in law or business. Continue reading to learn more about degree programs and professional organizations dealing with international trade training, and find out about career prospects. Schools offering International Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

If you are interested in studying international trade, there are many programs available. Some schools offer specific international trade programs, while others offer broad degrees like business or marketing with a concentration in international trade. Online classes may be offered. Students can also pursue training through exam prep courses that help them prepare to pursue certification as global business professionals.

Degrees Certificates; associate's and bachelor's degrees
Classes Transportation logistics, international trade theory and policy
Training Certification exam prep courses
Future Career Options Government agencies and companies that import/export internationally

Where Can I Look for Degree Programs and Training?

Most states and major cities have offices that promote international trade, and so do many colleges and universities. These offices can provide you with an idea of what fields of international trade are most prominent in the area you are interested in working in and often can direct you to corresponding training programs.

If your interest is in a specific field, such as finance, accounting or law, you can look to see if any college or university offering programs in those fields has a program specific to international trade. These programs will usually be listed as 'international finance,' 'international law,' or whatever the field is.

The federal International Trade Administration, which is part of the Department of Commerce (, also provides information about international trade and related programs. The National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators is a professional association of international trade educators ( This association offers a Certified Global Business Professional credential, which requires either two years of college or two years working in the field in addition to passing an exam. Training workshops that help candidates prepare to take this exam are held across the country, often on college campuses.

What Types of International Trade Degrees Can I Earn?

Some colleges and universities offer degrees or certificates in general international trade practices. While a certificate may include just a few classes containing essential information about the field, an associate or bachelor's degree program will include general education and more in-depth international trade classes. These topics might be covered in a degree or certificate program:

  • Import laws
  • Export laws
  • Transportation logistics
  • International trade finance
  • Management
  • Marketing

Another option that is available at some colleges and universities is to major in a field of business, but to take specialized classes in international trade as a way of concentrating your studies. Many business fields, such as finance, marketing and accounting, can have an international trade focus.

Various schools and professional groups also offer certificates in international trade that are appropriate if you already work in a particular field of business but want to incorporate international trade practices into your current skills. At every level, there are schools that offer all or part of their programs online.

Who Hires Workers in International Trade?

Any company that imports or exports finished products or raw materials employs people to manage its international trade. Sometimes, these companies hire individuals with training or a degree in international trade to work with sub-companies that specialize in the field. Government agencies at every level also hire workers to promote and assist with international trade.

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