International Trade

We live in an increasingly globalized world—but few people truly understand what that means and how it impacts our lives nearly every day. From evolving trade patterns in the ethical diamond market to the effect of global competition on food prices, UB's international trade program is designed for people who care about how our world is changing through global commerce, supply chains, technology and innovation. If you're looking for a program that gives you a big-picture perspective and opens doors worldwide, keep reading.

What will I learn?

Throughout this program, you’ll learn about theories of international trade, as well as real-world, practical examples of trade’s effects in the U.S. as well as around the globe. You’ll be trained to analyze data as you study economic and business geography, including global financial markets, multinational corporations, labor and the environment. As you learn about the pros and cons of international trade, you’ll typically take courses in geography, international trade, global business cultures and economics, as well as plenty of electives.

What can I do outside of class?

It's a big world out there, and we want you to experience it.

At UB, you can do an internship to build your professional network while getting valuable experience. Students can work with UB faculty on research projects, which is another great way to build relationships and gain new skills.

Of course, UB also has hundreds of student clubs where you can make friends and have fun. We host events throughout the year, where you can meet well-known guest lecturers and explore common interests. And if you love to travel, we encourage you to study abroad. 

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What can I do with an international trade degree?

A degree in international trade can lead to interesting careers and places to work around the world. After you graduate, you may find yourself researching financial markets, analyzing a proposed trade deal, supporting businesses to place their products in international markets, promoting a specific city or region, or working for local, state or national governments to inform policy.

You'll likely look for a career with an organization that is directly (or indirectly) involved in international trade, including:

  • Promotion agencies:
    • Investment promotion.
    • Trade promotion.
  • Transportation and trade:
    • Consulting firms.
    • Customs brokers.
  • Freight forwarders.
  • Trade management companies.
  • Transport carriers.
  • Related organizations:
    • Government agencies (including local, city and state planning offices).
    • International banks.
    • Location consulting firms.
    • Multinational corporations.
    • Social services organizations.
    • Universities.

Who will I learn from?

Welcome to UB, where students learn from faculty who are experts in foreign investment, economic development, global supply chains and other critical areas.

Our faculty members are respected scholars and researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, as well as other government agencies and companies. In addition, they have been named SUNY Distinguished Professor and earned the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. They have been quoted in "Forbes," "New York Magazine" and other leading media outlets.

But perhaps most importantly for you, our faculty members are teachers and mentors who bring real-world experience to the classroom and are here to help guide you along your path.