HAMK’s International Business degree program is the most international program that they offer, having students from over 20 different nationalities. Throughout your studies you will be working in cross-cultural teams and developing professional business expertise. Presentation skills and confidence are one of the key competencies you will acquire during your studies. The international staff engages with students and encourages them to reach their best professional potential.

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
Credits: 210 ECTS
Duration: 3.5 academic years
Studies begin: September
Language of instruction: English


  • Objectives

    When you study in the International Business program, you will prepare yourself for a future by focusing on the three main educational pillars:

    •  Leading International Networks
    •  Dynamics of Global Markets
    •  Learning by Doing

    These are incorporated in your study program, through various courses. The courses are constructed of modules focusing on International Management, Global Markets and Business Development. Studies are implemented studies combining theory and practice with an entrepreneurial mindset.

    The objective is to educate experts in International Management and Global Markets, by co-operating with numerous companies in the region and offering you the possibility to put theory into practice. You will have an opportunity to plan extensive business projects and participate in organizing larger events. The most successful learning methods are projects utilizing real company assignments.

  • Structure

    The degree program in International Business can be divided as follows:

    BBA Core Competencies, 90 ECTS

    The basic studies include language and communication skills, professional growth skills and field-of-study-specific studies.

    Professional Profiling Competencies, 60 ECTS

    The professional studies provide the students with professional knowledge and skills in international and global markets as well as international operations and management. The student will follow the career path of either International Management or Global Markets. These profiling studies consist of modules like Industrial Service Business, Human Resource Management, Strategic Management, Marketing Management, Doing Business in the European Union and Doing Business with the Chinese.

    In addition you are able to select 15 credits from alternative profiling studies, for example Global Fashion Business or you can choose  the studies from another specialized field within other degree programs at HAMK, other universities in Finland or abroad.

    Work Placement, 30 cr

    During the work placement studies you will become familiar with the central tasks of an international business expert and put your skills into practice. You can carry out your work placement in a company related to your studies in any country.

    The work placement is an important part of your studies. It introduces you to work tasks essentially related to your chosen career path and deepens your knowledge and skills in practical business situations. This will improve your career placement after graduation. The work placement can be taken either in Finland or abroad.

    Research and Development skills and Final Thesis, 30 ECTS

    During your period of study, you will learn to conduct quantitative and qualitative surveys, and how to apply relevant scientific insights, theories and concepts. You will understand how to combine several subjects, to gather information and draw conclusions in a methodical and reflective manner. You will develop skills which allow you to act carefully and punctually and to produce output that is literate, numerate and coherent.

    The final thesis shows your professional competences

    In your bachelor’s thesis you will demonstrate your knowledge and competences in your specific professional field. Often the assignments and topics come from real companies. Most students find the topic from the organization where they have performed their work placement. This helps you to build professional networks and may even open possibilities for employment in the company in question.

    In the thesis report you will show both your theoretical knowledge and your competence to apply it in solving practical problems. You need not struggle with the thesis on your own. There are good instructions on the HAMK intranet and you will have a supervisor to help you over the critical points. The bachelor’s thesis will bring you 15 ECTS.


  • Career opportunities

    Through working in diverse teams and multicultural contexts, students obtain the necessary expertise and competencies to be successful in the world of international business.

    Graduates of the program find employment opportunities both in Finland and abroad. The fields in which they make their careers are, for example:

    • Marketing
    • Finance
    • Logistics
    • Human Resources
    • Banking
    • IT
    • Sales
    • Entrepreneurship

Quick facts

Semester starts:

 Application period:
October 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019


Tuition fee:
8700 € / year

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