International Finance

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Finance

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Finance, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    With the rapid globalization of the world economy, the managers of a firm have to understand that their decisions will be greatly influenced by variables such as exchange rate policies, trade policies, and international accounting standards.

    The objective of the International Finance course is to understand globalisation and the risks involved and to appreciate the problems of  he corporate finance manager and the solutions available to him or her in this increasingly uncertain environment.

    This course will focus on three main areas of international finance:
    1. Key economic theories,
    2. The main financial instruments for risk management
    3. Exchange risk management



         - Fluent in English



    1. Understand the environment and factors associated with foreign exchange rate determination.

    2. Demonstrate knowledge of foreign exchange terminology.

    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the various forms of financial instruments available for foreign exchange risk management.

    4. Understand key economic theories that underlie the foundation of foreign exchange risk management.

    5. Demonstrate knowledge of basic strategies and techniques associated with foreign exchange risk management.



    1. Introduction to International Finance

    2. The Determination of Exchange Rates

    3. The Balance of Payments

    4. The Foreign Exchange Market

    5. The International Monetary System

    6. Parity Conditions in International Finance

    7. Currency Futures

    8. Currency Options

    9. Interest Rate and Currency Swaps

    10. Translation Exposure

    11. Transaction Exposure

    12. Economic Exposurw

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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