SHEB814 Foreign Trade Finance


The unit focuses on the importance of risks and procedures in foreign trade transactions as well as the possibilities in financing the foreign trade activities. The purpose of the course is to present to students the types of financing in foreign trade and specifics in foreign trade transactions. Various topical issues are going to be discussed during the course as well.

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Business Studies (Joint programme with The University of York)


Assoc. Prof. Irena Nikolova, PhD

Course Description:


Students who complete this course:

1) will know:

• the basic administration and organization principles of foreign trade finance

• the specifics of the financial instruments in international trade and the possibilities to implement them

• the challenges and opportunities in the methods of payments and in the types of financing.

2) will be able to:

• define the role and responsibilities of managers at different levels in the field of foreign finance

• analyse and prepare the foreign trade documents

• work on the foreign trade transactions analysing the financial risks.

Full-time Programmes

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  1. Unit Overview & Coursework Requirements
  2. Risks in foreign trade
  3. Financing foreign trade
  4. payments in trade
  5. Conclusion
  6. Test


• Bishop, E. Finance of International Trade, Elsevier, 2004

• European Commission, Trade,, 2024

• International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)., 2024

• International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - Bulgaria., 2024

• Seyoum, B. Export-Import Theory, Practices and Procedures, Second Edition, Taylor & Francis, 2009.