BCom Economics and International Trade|Economics|North-West University



BCom Economics and International Trade



What does a degree in International Trade entail?


Three-year, undergraduate study

Our BCom Economics and International Trade qualification offers you the opportunity to specialise in the world of imports and exports, with a foundation in Economics.

In the second year, you can learn more about why countries trade, trade blocks and trade policy, payment and the financing of import- and export transactions. Up to where is it necessary for the exporter to insure the transaction? Up to the quay in the harbour, or up onto the ship? We teach you all of the details of the INCO terms.

In the third year, the focus is on trade geography and the identification of export markets and export opportunities.  Along with this, you will also learn more about trade communication and how to conduct business across the globe.

The qualification offers specialist knowledge together with an approach closely associated with application.  Hard skills include the analysis of trade databases, the estimation of economic models as well as a comprehensive export project in the last semester of your third year.


One-year, full-time honours

The BCom honours degree in International Trade continues to build on the undergraduate knowledge and skills.  It offers the opportunity to further specialise in the field with modules such as export market development, freight shipping, international trade law, as well as export administration.  The qualification’s research methods are also applied in the international trade environment and investigate, among others, the International Trade Centre’s methods and the competitiveness framework of the World Bank.

This one year, additional to your degree, makes you a specialist in the international trade environment.


Where do our students find work?

Our students find work at companies that import and export, for example Unilever or Shoprite Checkers. Many of them are employed at the companies that are mediators in trade: freight shippers (freight forwarders, expediters). Think of UTi, DHL, DB Schenker and Maersk. Others work for companies that do trade financing and insurance, such as all of the large banks and Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation.

If you want to get to know more about where our alumni work, become part of our PUK Economics group on LinkedIn.


Admission requirements:  APS 24 and Mathematics level 4 (50%)


What do we offer additionally?

Some of the International Trade modules (EKIP modules in the yearbook) are affiliated with ITRISA – the International Trade Institute of Southern Africa. The offer applied training to people in practice. If you perform well in our modules, you can also get recognition in ITRISA’s certificate.  Many of our students complete additional part-time or distance learning ITRISA modules while they are busy with their degrees. 


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