Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences

International Trade and Business

Message from the Head of Department


Dr. Gülsüm Gökgöz
Head Of Department

Dear Future Professionals,

If you regularly monitor the news and followed social media, you must have noticed the frequent mentions of concepts such as free trade, customs unions, export and import, competitive pricing, economic associations, trade barriers, shipping, customs procedures, logistics, tariffs, and e-commerce. These are all clear indicators of the extent to which the current economic ecosystem is based on globalization.

We live in an age where businesses, people and knowledge are more interconnected than ever. Nowadays, a significant part of Gross Domestic Product of most of the economies depends on cross-border transactions. Differences in production costs between countries, specialized industries, lack or excess of natural resources, different and changing consumer preferences, and branding issues have led to production and sale activities taking place elsewhere. Since countries around the world simultaneously compete and form partnerships with each other, it is crucial for them to make arrangements to improve trade relations and train professionals who can work in qualified and multicultural environments.

Here at Istinye University, we would like to raise you to be future trade experts, international operators, entrepreneurs, creative and innovative businesspeople.

You should study International Trade and Business because:

1. You will expand your worldview

You will explore global challenges by discovering international borders, trade, and the global economy, while learning how to negotiate with different cultures. This approach to problem solving will broaden your worldview and help you understand different perspectives.

2. You will develop basic management skills

International business education includes working on individual and group projects, understanding how teams are formed, interacting with different cultures, writing reports and presenting your ideas. Thus, you will develop these skills:

  • Leadership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Organization

3. You’ll have the opportunity to travel

Exploring new markets, searching for new products and services, and finding buyers will be part of your business; so you'll visit different countries on different continents, and have the opportunity to get to know new places.

4. Your employability will increase

There are great opportunities in the market for individuals with the skills to support and facilitate companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses seeking to enter new foreign markets and sell their products.

5. You will develop an innovative perspective

You’ll need to know different managerial practices and develop different solutions and perspectives to reach international markets; doing business with other cultures and countries will improve your innovative and creative thinking.

6. You will have the chance to specialize in different fields

You’ll have the opportunity to concentrate on logistics, international finance, international marketing or human resources.