Which import-export course to choose?

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You have just obtained your baccalaureate and you don’t know which field to choose? If you have always been interested in the international field, you should know that you can now train in import-export. But what training to choose when faced with the many choices? Here is a guide to help you.

How to train in import-export?

Nowadays, it is becoming easier to get trained in import-export. Numerous institutions (including grandes écoles) offer training in international trade. They offer online and face-to-face courses. It’s up to you to choose the type of training that best suits your needs. Be aware that the training is not only for new graduates. It is also suitable for those who are already in the business, but wish to deepen their knowledge and obtain a higher certification, such as a master’s degree in International Business.

How can we define import-export?

As the name suggests, import-export is an international trade operation involving two or more countries. It is a process of buying and selling goods between companies in different countries. The main purpose of import-export is to sell products from one country and buy products from another country. This includes various activities, such as purchasing goods, arranging for their transportation and storage upon arrival, resale and payment.

What import-export courses does ESCE offer?

ESCE is one of the major schools that offer import-export training. Here are the programs offered by this institution:

Discover ESCE’s international bachelor’s degree in international business

The international bachelor’s degree in international business from ESCE is acquired in three years of study after the baccalauréat. It is a diploma of Bac+3 level. During three years, you will study the basics of international trade: concept, current law, marketing, communication, finance, etc. The training will be bilingual (French and English). This has been set up to help you master all the mechanics of import-export and to apprehend the world of the International. Several specializations are offered in the third year, such as the International Business specialization.

Export management specialization in the Grande Ecole program

ESCE’s Grande École Program trains international business professionals in five years. In the fourth and fifth years, students choose a specialization from among the eight offered. In particular, they can opt for the Export Management specialization. This specialization provides students with a global and strategic vision of the world of imports and exports. The training provided will be based on market analysis (in real time), risk identification and the adoption of strategies to deal with the competition. Also, the courses will be in English.

Supply chain management specialization in the Grande Ecole program

In the Master’s program of the Grande École, students can also choose the Supply Chain Management specialization. This specialization focuses more on logistics and supply chain (inventory and quality management). It prepares students to become supply chain managers, logistics consultants or import-export managers. To this end, the import-export training will be given entirely in English and will be more focused on practice.

What jobs can be considered after completing an import-export training course?

After completingan import-export training program, there are many opportunities awaiting you: import-export assistant, consultant, sales representative and many others. Here are the most popular international trade jobs of the moment:

Roles and missions of an import-export assistant

The role of an import-export assistant is to help his clients in the import-export process. He/she is responsible for ensuring that all legal requirements are met, contacting suppliers and distributors to obtain materials for an event, checking for any delays or changes in orders, and monitoring the status of all invoices. The assistant also interacts with sales and purchasing staff. In addition to these tasks, the global import and export environment is assessed.

Become a salesman after an import-export training

After obtaining your international bachelor’s degree, you can also work as a sales representative. With import-export training, it will be easier for you to understand sales techniques such as negotiation skills and building relationships with customers. As a salesperson, you will also be in charge of the logistical side of the business, which is quite an exciting job.

If you already have some sales and marketing experience, that will also give you a boost. The knowledge acquired during the import-export training will help you to obtain better results when selling products or services, so it’s a win-win situation!

How to finance your import-export training?

With ESCE, you can benefit from financing your training:

  • Scholarship: you can apply for a scholarship from the State of Higher Education. Note that there are conditions to qualify for this assistance;
  • merit-based scholarship: depending on the grade obtained in the baccalaureate, you may be eligible for a merit-based scholarship, including a reduction in tuition fees ( -20% for honors and -30% for advanced standing);
  • the excellence scholarship: it is granted according to the average obtained
    in the SESAME competition.

What are the prerequisites to start an import-export training?

To start a training program in import-export, you must have the required diploma according to the chosen program. As with any school, an application form must be completed and submitted to the admissions department of your school. You must also have an online administrative record and update it regularly.

Updated 17 April 2023