International University in Geneva

Leads to managerial positions in trade promotion and development in international trade organizations, diplomatic services, chambers of commerce and private sector.

The Master of International Trade (MIT) is a high standard program in international economic and commercial relations. The MIT is designed for young professionals and diplomats interested in pursuing a career in international trade organizations and diplomatic services, chambers of commerce and TNCs. The MIT program provides a comprehensive introduction to practical aspects of successful trade promotion and trade relations techniques combined with an understanding of the role of the major international trade organizations in setting policy and standards that govern global trade. The program includes visits to major international trade organizations in Geneva.

  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Starting
    September November March May
  • Courses
    14 Courses

Key Benefits

  • Learning in a dynamic environment in Switzerland with a multicultural student body and faculty working in international economic and commercial relations;
  • Providing knowledge and skills to assess major trade issues, draft policy documents and negotiate for government, international organization or corporate sector;
  • Exploring economic and commercial decision making, current and future trade issues and developments;
  • Gaining insight into world trade, international finance and trade promotion strategies from national and regional to global level.
Graduation Ceremony 2015

Program Details

In addition to core international trade courses, with a focus on world trade and international finance, trade organizations and statistics, trade policy and promotion strategies, commercial law and economic diplomacy, the Master of International Trade curriculum trains young professionals for decision making positions with courses in foreign policy and geoeconomics, international commercial law and corporate social responsibility, executive communication and cross-cultural negotiations.


The Master of International Trade is comprised of 14 courses taken over one year.

Course Descriptions

Trimester 1 Credits
  • ECO 607 – Global Economics This course examines the major principles of economics, economic policymaking and the role of the firm in the economy. It discusses the role of the financial system, (un)employement and international economic flows between the domestic economy and its international environment and provides the theoretical basis for understanding the economic importance of firms, international trade and international capital flows.
  • LAW 660 – International Law The course provides a survey of public international law involving nation states. It also explains key aspects of private international law dealing with individuals and corporations. The history and structure of public international law, its methods of formation and how it interacts with systems of national law are described. In addition, the course will present an overview of the private law applied to international sales, licensing and investment. Case studies will be used to illustrate the legal concepts examined and to highlight contemporary questions.
  • TRA 630 – Trade and Investment Promotion Strategies The course considers the process of developing, implementing and evaluating international trade and investment promotion and facilitation strategies, across all sectors of the economy. It reviews the role and functions of Trade and Investment Promotion Organizations (TIPOs) including the use of modern digital tools by TIPOs. A particular emphasis would be put on specific factors influencing the shaping of promotion strategies including national branding. The course analyses how these strategies are conceived, how they act and interact within the international order and different stakeholders. It delves into the interralation between promotion policies and factors of competitiveness, discusses how to decide on best strategies to deploy, addresses network and partnership building and examines some examples at country or TIPO level.
  • MGT 605 – Strategic Supply Chain Management This course is concerned with optimising the global supply chain and leveraging it as a value-creating strategy to gain competitive advantage in the global marketplace. It addresses issues related to sustainability, risk management and the challenges of establishing trust and collaboration amongst supply chain partners.
Trimester 2 Credits
  • NEG 615 – International Negotiations Negotiation skills are among the most valuable and sought-after skills both in management and diplomacy. This course covers cross-disciplinary theoretical underpinnings and, through interactive methods and simulations, the practical aspects of skillful negotiation in a global environment.
  • MGT 610 – Leadership and Organizational Behaviour Students study a range of important variables that affect the behaviour of people inside an organization including leadership styles, the process of effective management, interpersonal communication skills, motivation, effective presentations and organization design, as well as the dynamics of conflicts in organizations. This course involves a high degree of participation and project work with adult learning techniques such as action learning and learning contracts.
  • MGT 657 – Operations and Project Management This course introduces students to the practices, concepts and techniques used in operations within manufacturing and service organizations. It teaches the fundamentals of Project Management and covers Quality Management concepts and tools.
  • TRA 620 – Economics of Trade The course covers trade related issues in respect to economic development and growth and regional cooperation. It addresses current challenges to the multilateral trading system, including the ongoing Doha round negotiations as well as the future of the WTO.
Trimester 3 Credits
  • MGT 666 – Small Business Management This module focuses on small business leadership, management and governance., It coaches students how to leverage the unique character of a start-up, identify and finance growth opportunities, negotiate with prospective partners and later establish collaborations and continually apply leadership skills for management that inspires. The course will also explore structures and complexities specific to family owned enterprises. Students will acquire new perspectives on how to identify good investments, manage risk and make sound business decisions that support small business growth via different approach. An unique mentoring program is integrated in the study which highlight the practical side of the subject.
  • TRA 660 – International Trade Law and Policy The course covers trade related law and policy issues with respect to economic development, growth and regional cooperation. It addresses current challenges to the multilateral trading system, including the ongoing Doha round negotiations as well as the future of the WTO.
  • MKG 667 – International Marketing Students will learn to devise an international marketing plan taking into account the overall international economic situation, the growing interaction of governments, international institutions, the global legal environment, the different cultures, etc. It emphasizes the challenges the international marketer is facing today in dealing with the complexity of globalization, internationalization and the impact of the modern technologies.
  • MGT 645 – Corporate Governance Effective governance is of eminent importance for the sustainability of corporations as for the long-term success of nations. The course introduces different models of governance applied across the world and weighs their pro's and con's through a variety of case studies.
Trimester 4 Credits
  • MGT 650 – Digital Transformation Digital transformation is a fundamental driver of competitiveness for firms in a variety of industries. Digital transformation is not only about mastering technological change, but it involves and affects all aspects of the organization. Students will lean various methodologies and apply them to real cases and simulations.
  • TRA 698 – International Trade : Policy, Strategy and Trends (Capstone Course) This course brings together the main points studied in the courses on economics, international trade and trade policy to discuss the major issues related to the present and future of international trade and trade policymaking, including the future of the multilateral trading system, the emergence of mega-regionalism or the impact of geopolitical forces.

Distinguished Speakers

Ms. Arancha Gonzalez

Executive Director, International Trade Center UN/WTO 
Graduation ceremony 2014

Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD 
Graduation ceremony 2015


Nationalities of Master Students
  • 1. Europe (62%)
  • 2. Asia (28%)
  • 3. America (7%)
  • 4. Africa (3%)


The faculty at IUG in Switzerland, is international in experience, practical in orientation and focused on their teaching. The faculty members are student-centered and committed to foster a stimulating learning environment.

Study in Switzerland

Geneva belongs to a select group of truly “international” cities of the world, making it an ideal place to study international management.

An International Network

The International University in Geneva has established a strong network, developing exchange programs with 23 universities worldwide.

Your Career with your MIT

BA-IM graduates can go on to careers in marketing, management, project management in multinationals, family businesses, governments and international organizations.

Career Services

The International University in Geneva provides for counselling to assist students in their career decisions.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form (should include your Motivation letter)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript (certified translation in English) (Minimum GPA recommended 2.7 or above on the scale of 0-4)
  • Official Undergraduate Diploma (certified translation in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.- or € 140.- or USD 150.-
  • English proficiency test: either TOEFL (min score 80),  IELTS (min score 6.0) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). IUG institutional code number for the TOEFL is 0130;
  • Curriculum Vitae stating any relevant professional work experience;
  • Letter of reference from an employer or a professor;
  • Copy of valid passport;
  • Two passport size photos.

The following additional requirements apply to MBA program candidates:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • At least 2 years of work experience is recommended
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