The department of international economic relations and tourist business trains bachelors for the following qualifications: 6.030203 “international economic relations” (bachelor of international economic relations), and 6.140103 “tourism” (bachelor of tourism). The course takes four years. On the basis of bachelor of international economic relations course training of master is carried out (1-year course) for the qualification 8.030403 “international economic relations” (international economist, interpreter) and specialist (1-year course) for the qualification 7.030403“international economic relations” (specialist of international economic relations, interpreter). On the basis of bachelor of tourism course training of master is carried out (1-year course) for the qualification 8.050401 “tourism” (master of tourism) and specialist (1-year course) for the qualification 7.050401“tourism” (specialist of tourism).
Training of students is carried out at the state order as well as on the contract basis. Retraining of graduate professionals (second higher education) on the contract basis at the qualification of specialist is accomplished. At the department of international economic relations and tourist business 900 full-time and external students including 100 foreign citizens are being trained at the moment.
The high level of preparation of professionals at the department is promoted by study courses of the faculty in the leading universities and institutes of Ukraine and other countries of the world. The training courses of the students of the department are read by the leading lecturers of the Economics, Law, Sociologic, Foreign languages departments as well other departments of the university, leading professionals of the state administration, organizations and enterprises of Kharkiv. Lecturers use modern techniques of teaching.
The science and teaching activity at the filed of “international economic relations” in the University started in 1995 when the Chair of international economic relations was organized at the Economic department. Creation of the department of international economic relations and tourism in 2005 became a logical consequence.
The training, science activity, methodological and organization activity of the department is carried out by 80 highly-qualified lecturers – professors, associate professors and senior lecturers. There are 3 chairs at the department: the Chair of international economic relations, the Chair of tourist business, the Chair of economic theory.
The department sustains scientific and training relations with numerous institutes of higher education in Ukraine and other countries of the world, including Kiev T. Shevchenko National University, Belgorod State University, Poznan state university, St. Petersburg state university, Lviv I. Franko national university, Tavriysky I.I. Mechnikov national university , Chernigiv T.G. Shevchenko state pedagogical university and others.
Student scientific association performs actively at the department. Students of the department have a possibility to go for scientific and research work, take part in the scientific conferences and publish their studies. Students of the department are winners and laureates of students studies competitions and professional competitions.
At the department there is a postgraduate course for the qualification of 08.00.02 “World economy and international economic relations”.
Aiming to prepare faculty of the higher qualification a Specialized academic council K 64.051.25 was organized at the department in 2010. It has authority to accept for consideration and defense of thesis for the grade of candidate of economic science at the qualification 08.00.02 “World economy and international economic relations”.
Along with the specialist of the Economic department Visnyk of the Kharkiv national university Economics series is published.
A scientific and practical journal “Region: strategy and priorities” is published.
An important role in training of bachelors is played by the reading of the professionally-oriented disciplines:
First and second year students have tourist country-specific practice and tourist practice. As a rule the practice is carried out outside the Kharkiv region, i.e. picturesque places of Crimea and other parts of Ukraine. Third and fourth year students have practice at the basis of the leading enterprises of tourist sector of Ukraine.
The academic plans of the “international economic relations” qualification include foreign economy and pregraduation practice. The basis for the practices is the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ministry of foreign affairs of Ukraine, Kharkiv state administration, Kharkiv Chamber of Commerce, banking organizations, state and private enterprises which conduct foreign activity etc. The practice is a compulsory part of the training for a particular degree. Its objective is to practice the knowledge gained during the classes and independent work, to enlarge practical skills. During the practice students carry out individual and group tasks composed up to the programs of their practice.
Readings of the special courses and special practices for the fourth year students as well as completion of bachelor thesis (“tourism” qualification) are done by the corresponding chairs.
In 2008 a new tradition was introduced – celebration of the International day of tourism. During the celebration first year students are initiated and become tourist-students and they are given certificates of tourists at the sport complex in Sokolniki.
Students of the department take part in the work of the summer schools abroad, scientific conferences, gain grants for the training in the foreign institutions of higher education. Students of the department may have practical studies in tourist companies abroad if they wish.
Admittance to the MA course is done on the basis of the competition taking into account all the marks for the previous 4 years, scientific work of the students and results of the state exam and the preliminary examination in foreign language. Plans of the preparation of the masters and specialists of international economic relations are composed on the basis of qualification level of bachelor of international economic relations; plans of the preparation of the masters and specialists of tourism are composed on the basis of qualification level of bachelor of tourism.
Chairs which train masters and specialists for the corresponding qualifications provide reading of special disciplines and qualification (diploma and master’s) thesis during the term of training.
Sphere of the department graduates activity: enterprises and organizations which deal with international economic operations, tourist agencies, trade mission abroad, customs office, state administration departments, taxation bodies, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine apparatus, diplomacy and consular activity etc.