The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was established in 1963 as an autonomous body under
the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to contribute in the skill building for the external trade
sector of India. It has come a long way to successfully develop into a unique institution involved
in imparting knowledge through research and training in international business and trade. The
Institute was granted “Deemed to be University” status in 2002. The National Assessment and
Accreditation Council (NAAC) has recognized IIFT as Grade ‘A’ Institution in 2005 as well as in
2015. Over the years, IIFT has emerged as a national university with focus on International Business
Management and Strategy, and such focus is reflected in all three major activities of the Institute:
Research, Training and Education.
The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade was granted the prestigious AACSB Accreditation on 17th November, 2021. With this the IIFT figures amongst the top 900+ Business Schools of the world which have earned this accreditation.
Objectives & Activities
IIFT was set up with the following objectives:
- Impart professional education in modern management techniques relevant to international
- Enable the participants to appreciate the inter-relationship between the diverse and complex
tasks of international business.
- Develop capacities among business executives for improved understanding of various trade and
- Conduct high quality research that addresses domestic as well as world trade and business
The Institute’s portfolio of long-term programmes is diverse, catering to the requirements of
aspiring international business executives and mid-career professionals alike. These are:
- Two-year MBA (International Business) at New Delhi and Kolkata.
- Ph.D. (Management) Programme at Delhi and Kolkata.
- Ph.D. (Economics) Programme at Delhi and Kolkata.
- Two-year MA (Economics – Specialization in Trade and Finance) at New Delhi and Kolkata.
- Two years & six months MBA (International Business) Weekend at New Delhi and Kolkata.
- Executive Post Graduate Diploma in International Business at New Delhi and Kolkata.
- Executive Post Graduate Diploma in International Business (Hybrid) at Delhi.
- Executive Post Graduate Diploma in International Business (On-campus) at Delhi.
- Two Years MBA in International Businessi n collaboration with the Institute of Finance
- Post Graduate Certificate Programme in International Business and Finance (Hybrid).
- Certificate Programme in Export Import Management.