Career in Foreign Trade Management

Globalization has completely transformed the business scenario in India. Foreign trade in India has tremendously grown, naturally attracting more and more MNCs to set up businesses  apart from many Indian companies starting businesses in foreign shores or going abroad  for joint ventures.

There is a growing need of personnel skilled in international trade. A career in international business has thus become a lucrative option offering global job opportunities for those pursuing courses in foreign trade and international business.

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Foreign Trade Eligibility Criteria

Universities in India mostly offer courses in International Business and Foreign Trade at the post graduate level, but some universities like the Jamia Millia University in New Delhi offers Bachelor of International Business and Finance (BIBF) which is an undergraduate course.

The eligibility for undergraduate courses in International Business and Foreign Trade is 10+2 with 50 % marks. For Masters in International Business and Foreign Trade, the applicant must be a graduate, preferably in commerce. 

Selection of candidates is done through entrance examination, but some institutes conduct their own tests, group discussion and a personal interview for choosing the right candidate.

Foreign Trade Skills & Attributes

Excellent communication and leadership skills along with the ability to handle pressure and to meet deadlines are necessary to pursue a career in  foreign trade.

Foreign Trade Job Prospects

International trade in India is expanding along with the fast growing Indian economy. Job opportunities are countless with an increasing  demand for professionals in International Business and Foreign Trade. Job openings are available in export units, international departments of multinational companies at different levels. For those who desire to set up an import/export business, a degree in International Business and Foreign Trade would be extremely beneficial. 

For those wanting to secure government jobs, regulatory bodies like STC and the MMTC offer good employment opportunities.

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Foreign Trade Salary

Over the years, a career in Foreign Trade has become quite lucrative. Starting with a salary of Rs 8000 to Rs.10000 for a trainee, one can command a much higher salary depending on the qualification and experience.  Private companies and MNCs generally pay higher.

Foreign Trade Institutes/Universities

  • National Institute of Export Management
    Contact Information
    AG, Anandraj Villa, 7, Second Canal Cross Road,
    Gandhinagar, Adyar, Chennai- 600 020,
    Phone : 044- 24401521, 044- 24422438
    Email : [email protected]
    Website :

  • Indian Institute of Materials Management
    Contact Information
    Plot Nos. 102 & 104, Sector – 15, Institutional Area
    CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai – 400614
    Phone : (022) 2756 5741 (D) 2757 1022
    Fax : 2756 5592
    Website :

  • Indian Institute of International Business
    Contact Information
    No: 21, Kumaran Nagar Main Road,
    Anna Nagar East, Chennai. 600102
    Phone : 9444837393, 444755051, 09387614866
    E-Mail : [email protected]
    Website :

  • Indian Institute of Commerce and Trade
    Contact Information
    Sapt-Rishi, 5/28 Vikas Nagar
    Phone : +91-522-2766456, 0522-6545285, 9415101772
    E-mail : [email protected]
    Website :

  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi
    Contact Information
    IIFT Bhawan
    B-21, Qutab Institutional Area
    New Delhi
    Phone : +91-11-26965124, 91-11-26965051
    Fax : +91-1126853956
    Website :

  • Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai
    Contact Information
    E-2 MIDC Area, Andheri East
    Post Box No. 9432, Mumbai – 400093
    Phone : 91-022-28219803 / 28219469 / 28216751, 28254631
    Fax : 28375302, 28328178
    Email : [email protected]
    Website :

  • S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai
    Contact Information
    Munshi Nagar, Dadabhai Road, Andheri West
    Mumbai – 400 058, India
    Tel: +91-22-2623 7454 / 0396 / 2401
    Fax : +91-22-26237042
    Email : [email protected]
    Website :

  • Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune
    Contact Information
    Symbiosis Infotech Campus
    Plot No. 15, Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park
    MIDC, Hinjewadi
    Pune – 411 057
    Phone : 020- 22934314 / 17 / 18 / 19
    Fax : 020- 22934316
    E-Mail : [email protected]
    Website :

  • The Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University
    Delhi School of Economics
    University of Delhi
    Delhi 110007, India
    Phone : ( 011) 2766 7540, (011) 2766 7725 Ext. 1531
    Fax : +91-11-2766 7159
    E-Mail : [email protected]
    Website :

  • Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM A)
  • Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM C)
  • Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM B)
  • Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM L)
  • XLRI – Xavier Labour Research Institute, Jamshedpur
  • ISB – Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
  • FMS – Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIM I)
  • Indian Institute of Management, Calicut (IIM K – Kozhikode)
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (JBIMS)
  • S. P. Jain Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (SPJIMR)
  • Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Management Development Institute, Gurgaon (MDI)
  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (NMIMS)
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIM B)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIBM)
  • Symbiosis Center for Management & Human Resources Development, Pune (SCMHRD)
  • Institute of Management & Technology, Ghaziabad (IMT)
  • International Management Institute, Delhi (IMI)
  • Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Trichy (BIM)
  • Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA)
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (IIFT)
  • T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal (TAPMI)
  • Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai (LIBA)
  • Institute of Management Development Research, Pune (IMDR)
  • Jamia Millia University, New Delhi.
  • Hamdard University, New Delhi.

Foreign Trade Management Institutes in Major Cities

Foreign Trade Management Institutes in Various States