Department of International Trade and Finance

About Us

In today's world economy, the economic wealth and power of nations is measured by the effectiveness and competitiveness of international trade and international financial markets. In the presence of economic and political integrations and globalization, foreign trade and especially financing issues emerge as new areas of attraction in the world of business and academia.

Qualified human resources in the field of international trade and finance will always be a bigger necessity in the present and future.

İzmir University of Economics, adopted the slogan of "Managing the future ..." for its education and training activities. Hence, the University has founded the Department of International Trade and Finance within the Faculty of Business on the basis of developments in the circumstances of national and international businesses. Graduates will acquire a profession that will help them to assess new global opportunities and apply their knowledge to put them a step forward in the global competition. 

Department’s undergraduate program is aimed to train specialists who will be equipped with the up-to-date and latest knowledge on the topics of international trade and finance, which are based on new developments and applications in the world, especially in our country.

The most important feature of this program is the interdisciplinary arrangement of international trade and finance topics, which are generally within the direct or indirect interest of the economics and management sciences.

In this respect, graduates are taught to be both a good economist who can interpret and analyse both macro and micro economic events, as well as proficient in international management.

The courses in the department’s undergraduate program are designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the fundamental areas of general management and its subdivisions (management, marketing, accounting, etc.) and on the other hand the fundamental areas of general economics and its subdivisions (macro, micro, international economics, growth, development etc.).

Some specialization courses in the program have been included in an international trade and finance degree program for the first time; by taking into account the latest developments and effective methods in the digital economy and in globalizing markets (i.e. e-commerce).

Emphasis is given, particularly to the applied aspects of departmental courses. Taught courses take into consideration practical information and applications in order for graduates to be successful in business life and adapt it easily.

In addition to the education given in English language and with the advantage of the second foreign language given, department graduates will increase their chances of finding a job as specialists in the export and import departments and finance departments of national and international companies, banks in the external transactions and fund management units, as well as fund and portfolio managers in national and international money and capital markets. At the same time, they can be employed in the relevant public institutions (i.e. Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade and Treasury) as specialists. Department’s graduates also have the right to participate in all occupational competition exams that graduates of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences can enter.

Professor Gülin VARDAR
Head of Department

İzmir University of Economics, founded in 2001 with a mission of educating entrepreneurs and critical thinkers equipped with leadership skills and contributing science through original researches. It is the first foundation University of İzmir and the Aegean Region. Having adopted the slogan of "Managing the Future ..." from beginning, the university has understood the importance of the international trade and finance sector and realized it by opening the "International Trade and Finance" Department in 2002 within the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and started accepting its first students. Since 2002, with a proficient academic staff, we have put an effort to adapt to developments and advances in the world, with applied activities and collaborations and have graduated many students till this day.

The feedback we have received from our students and our graduates have already helped us to develop ourselves as a department and is always encouraging us to be one step ahead.

Below, we present you, shared thoughts and the feedbacks we received from our graduates and current students.

These feedbacks are very pleasing for us, but they provide guidance on how far we can reach our goals.

In today's world, trade battles on the one hand, currency wars on the other, with increasingly complex financial markets, institutions and tools will occupy the agenda for a long time as the most important issues in the coming years.

The new name of the global game is "Trade and Finance". If you are prepared to walk with us on this road, we are waiting for you.

Department of International Trade and Finance Student Alessandro Cadamuro