Economics with International Trade



The qualification offers specialist knowledge of the international trade environment, together with an understanding of the export process/logistics through the use of present-day applications. Students develop skills in the analysis of trade databases, the identification of export opportunities and in the estimation of economic models.

Typical tasks include:

  • Optimise business growth possibilities in other nations

  • Observe the merchandising or sales investigations and their results

  • Form and develop foreign trade associates

  • Compile policies, standard principles and regulations of trade goods and commodities

  • Analyse data on various international or global merchandising, selling and sales styles

Core subjects 

  • Trade relations

  • Trade practice

  • Cargo movement/logistics

  • Trade analysis

Degree options

BCom Economics with International Trade

Degree duration:3 years, full time

Offered at

  • Potchefstroom [P] 
  • Vanderbijlpark [V]


BCom Economics with International Trade- Extended Programme

Degree duration: 4 years, full time

Offered at

  • Vanderbijlpark [V]

Admission requirements

BCom Economics with International Trade

  • APS: 26
  • Mathematics: Level 4 (50% or more)
  • English: Level 4 (40% or more)

BCom Economics with International Trade- Extended Programme

  • APS: 24
  • Mathematics: Level 3 (40% or more)/ Maths literacy Level 6 (70% or more)
  • English: Level 3 (40% or more)

Career opportunities

  • Economist

  • Economic or international trade consultants

  • Any position within the import and export process (e.g. logistics or procurement for retailers such as Shoprite Checkers or Pick n Pay)

  • Government departments such as the Department of Trade and Industry, National Treasury as well as the South African Reserve Bank

  • Positions in banks, financing companies and provincial trade and investment promotion organisations

  • Export credit insurance and risk analysts

Postgraduate studies

Post-graduate studies in Economic Sciences includes

  • BCom Honours Degree 

  • MCom and

  • PhD


These post-graduate degrees are offered at

  • Potchefstroom [P] 

For information on the  admission requirements please see the yearbook