Cooperation in the field of international relations is an important component of the Academy's activities aimed at improvement of its image in the Russian Federation and abroad, as well as at expansion and strengthening of cooperation in education and research with leading universities of the world.
The Russian Foreign Trade Academy started to educate foreign students more than half a century ago, when three foreigners, students from Bulgaria came to study at the Academy. Over the years the Academy has been training citizens of the CIS and foreign countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Bangladesh, Cuba, China, Vietnam, Mongolia, etc.
Cooperation with foreign partners is realized in various activities: from student and faculty exchanges, participation in international scientific conferences, seminars, to implementation of joint educational programs and joint research.
Implementation of international student exchange programs, carried out in cooperation with foreign partners, is an important part of international relation system. The students of the Academy have the opportunity to take winter and summer language courses and internships in educational institutions of Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France and China. Among them Heilbronn University (Germany), The Nice Sophia Antipolis University
(France), Regent University of London, The British International Center and ISIS School (Oxford, the UK), University of Barcelona (Spain) and others.
Within the framework of "Legal Educational Exchange» (LEX), Russian-American cooperation program in the field of legal education, the Academy hosts international workshops with participation of teachers and students of the Academy and of other leading Russian and foreign universities.
An important objective of international cooperation of the Academy is training of the Academy teaching staff. The Academy is a university partner of the French Embassy in Russia, conducts professional development of teachers of Business English in cooperation with «Pearson Education Limited» and London Chamber of Commerce.
English Language Examination Center of London Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Academy offers training and certification exams in the following programs: SEFIC (Spoken English for Industry and Commerce), EFB (English for Business), EFT (English for Tourism), BEM (Diploma in Business English for International Managers).
Double Diploma Programs realized in cooperation with European universities is another priority of the Academy. Since 2008 Bachelor’s Double Diploma in the area of management and economics is being realized in cooperation with RANEPA under the President of the RF and Pierre Mendes France University (Grenoble, France). Since 2014 the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France), the largest educational institution with many years of experience and tradition in the field of international cooperation, has become another partner of the Academy.