Helsinki School of Business, also known as HELBUS, is a private university located in Helsinki. With only five years of operations behind it, HELBUS is a fairly new establishment, which is relished through their modern approach and best up-to-date education.

In 2016, HELBUS partnered with University of Northampton in the UK and started delivering a bachelor’s and master’s degrees validated by University of Northampton. University of Northampton is a well-known university in England with roots dating to the 13th century. It takes pride in having achieved a 95 % employability rate of its graduates for the last five years.


Finnish business students working on a project


Moreover, the school invites lecturers from other universities and countries to deliver modules for HELBUS students. The class sizes in HELBUS are kept small, so the professors get to know the students on a more personal level. This enables them to instruct and guide each student according their needs.



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Helsinki School of Business

Degree programs

Helsinki School of Business offers two business programs to their students. This allows the school to have small class sizes, and the students will receive personal guidance from their professors.

Both courses are offered fully in English. On completion of either of these degrees, the HELBUS student are awarded with a diploma from the University of Northampton, a partnership university of Helsinki School of Business.

  • Bachelor's degree program
  • TOP-UP program

    If you have two years of business studies behind you at your home university, you could be eligible to apply for HELBUS’ third year TOP-UP program. Bachelor’s degree in  Business Management. You would study the final year of your business studies at HELBUS and earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Northampton.

    The program length is 8 months.

    Read more about the structure of the third year.

    Read more about the admission criteria for the TOP-UP program.

  • Master's degree program
  • Credits

    Bachelor’s degree

    • Bachelor’s degree in Business and Management (BA Hons)
      • The first 2 years = 120 ECTS (240 UK credits)
      • Final year = 60 ECTS (120 UK credits)

    Master’s degree

    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      • 3 terms (12 months) = 90 ECTS
  • Tuition fees

    Bachelor’s degrees

    At Helsinki Business School, the same tuition fees apply to both EU and non-EU citizens.

    • Non-EU applicants are required to pay the full amount for four academic terms in advance, which amounts to 18 820€.
    • The tuition fee in the full-time program is 4705€ per term.
    • The total tuition fee for the bachelor’s degree studies will amount to 28 230€ (six terms).

    Master’s degrees

    Non-EU students are required to pay 15,000€ for the whole study program. The value must be paid in full before receiving the official acceptance letter.

    Note: The payment schedule differs from EU-citizens due to the residence permit requirements of the Finnish Immigration Service.

HELBUS Summer School

Are you interested in entrepreneurship, improving your English skills and discovering Helsinki and Finland? Join the HELBUS Helsinki School of Business Summer School!

Date: July 16 – August 12, 2018

Application is open now till May 31, 2018!

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  • Academic program

    During your summer business school in Helsinki you will participate in academic courses in two subjects: Entrepreneurship and English.

    Entrepreneurship course

    The course provides an introduction to entrepreneurship, from identifying a business opportunity to writing a business plan. Topics include the following:

    1) how to identify a business opportunity

    2) how to evaluate the viability of an opportunity

    3) how to identify potential obstacles

    4) how to create operational plans

    Finally students learn how to write a business plan. The workload of the course is equivalent to 4 ECTS units.

    Business Communications in English

    The course focuses on essential English communication and pitching skills and terminology for start-ups and other businesses. The workload is equivalent to 4 ECTS units.

    Class times

    The classes will be delivered in four lessons per day, five days a week starting at 10am and ending at 2pm each day.


    Students who successfully pass the course will be awarded a certificate.

  • Optional program*

    During your free time, you will have the opportunity to participate in many extracurricular activities such as corporate visits and summer events in the city.

    Visits to established corporations and start-ups

    Finland is the home of many world-class brands and innovations such as well-known mobile games, Kone elevators, Fazer chocolate, Marimekko design and Moomin characters. The program includes visits to several Finnish corporations and start-ups.

    Learn about the history of Finnish Art

    The Ateneum Art Museum has the country’s oldest and largest art collection. It tells not only the story of Finnish art, but also how Finnish art developed over the course of history. This narrative is recorded in acquisitions of work, documents, oral histories and accounts.

    Visit the World Heritage site Suomenlinna sea fortress island

    Founded in 1748, the sea fortress of Suomenlinna is one of Finland’s most popular attractions, with about one million visitors annually. You will discover fortresses, walls, tunnels, dungeons, cannons, and even a real submarine.

    Visit to Fazer, the maker of the magnificent chocolate

    The tour will be conducted under the guidance of a Fazer Guide. The exhibition introduces Fazer’s activities, long history, stories, a wide range of products, corporate responsibility and innovations.

    In addition to the show tour, you will have a chance to compare the tastes of different types of chocolate.

    Linnanmäki amusement park

    Visit to Linnanmäki, the most popular amusement park in Finland. Linnanmäki has over forty dfferent rides and there are also plenty of other attractions, such as arcades, kiosks, restaurants, the Peacock Theater and the only Sea Life Center in the Nordic Sea region, Sea Life Helsinki. The Amusement Park has over one million visitors a year.

    Allas pool

    Allas Sea Pool is a gardenlike oasis in the heart of Helsinki. The steamy hot water pool, the ice-cold seawater pool and the hot saunas offer recreational opportunities for every day of the year.

    Discover the midnight sun in Lapland

    One of the most wonderful features of Lapland is the nightless night or midnight sun, where the sun does not fall below the horizon for two months, giving the Lapland summer its magical feel. Interested students can participate in a weekend trip to Lapland.

    Cruise to Stockholm in Sweden

    Take an overnight cruise between Helsinki and Stockholm. On board, you will enjoy delicious food, entertainment and a beautiful view of the archipelago. You will have one full day in Stockholm to enjoy shopping and noteworthy places to visit.

    Trip to Tallinn in Estonia

    You can take a day cruise to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. During the cruise, you can enjoy good food, entertainment and shopping at reasonable prices. In Tallinn you can visit a spectacularly crafted maritime museum, take part at Patare’s abandoned jail tour, visit a KGB Museum and Tallinn’s old town and its vibrant colorful houses.

    *Additional fees may apply.

  • Airport pickup

    We will arrange airport pick up to take you to your accommodation upon arrival.

  • Accomodation

    We will assist you in accommodation arrangement near the center. The cost for apartments in Helsinki city center is about 700€. It will mostly be a shared apartment.

  • Fee

    The price for the summer school is 4,900 € including VAT. Meals and accommodation are not included.

“The idea of studying business in English really appealed to me as I’ve always planned on developing an international career for myself. HELBUS provided a great opportunity, not just to improve my language skills, but also to meet fascinating instructors and develop contacts in business schools and companies around the world without leaving Helsinki. Everyone at HELBUS are helpful and friendly, and the system whereby we only study one unit at a time is ideal for me as it allows me to focus on one task at a time. Overall, the curriculum is well-rounded and certainly provides the generalist introduction to business that I was hoping for when I applied. At the end of my four terms at HELBUS, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to complete my bachelor’s degree abroad, and then possibly start working towards a postgraduate MBA.”

– Omar Abdelkarim, Class of 2015


“It is wonderful to be exposed to different perspectives of the business environment and to learn about business cultures in other parts of the world. My dream is to continue in my current job in an international law firm. Thanks to HELBUS, I have now an opportunity to move up in the firm. Now that my English language skills are also developing quickly during my studies, I hope that working at our London office will be a possibility one day.The HELBUS blended programme is designed to suit those of us who work full-time hours and study in the evenings. The professors are really nice and they understand that our work may sometimes affect our studies. I became interested in HELBUS as I already have a job I really like and I did not want to quit in order to study. HELBUS provided a solution for my situation and combining work and studies in HELBUS’ fully-online blended learning programme has been easier than I dared expect!I have already gained lots of confidence at HELBUS and my English has improved even in these few months. I am truly satisfied with my decision to apply to the HELBUS blended programme.”

– Anna Lammela, student at HELBUS


“I originally applied to HELBUS as I was moving to Finland and wanted to continue my studies in an international environment. HELBUS made the process of transferring the study credits I had already earned in Hawaii incredibly easy and I have really appreciated the amount of student support on offer since starting my studies. As a foreign student, I especially value the school’s internationalism and continue to enjoy being exposed to instructors from all over the world and the unique teaching styles, ideas and experiences that they bring with them. The smaller class size really helps develop a sense of community among the students, and the three-week unit cycle means that we are able to develop connections with the instructors in a way that I haven’t experienced elsewhere. After HELBUS, I intend to earn an MBA in either the UK or United States and then hopefully put the skills I’ve learned to good use and begin a career as an entrepreneur.”

– Hunter Deligeersang, Class of 2015


Apply for degree programs

The application process is fast and simple. The students are accepted on a first come, first served basis which means that if you meet the admission requirements, you can get your acceptance already in a month.

Please note that the application process through Edunation is different than the one found on HELBUS’ website, and thus we ask you to carefully follow the instructions on our page.

  • Who can apply

    Bachelor’s degree program

    If you are a citizen of a non-EU or EEA country, who does not have a residence permit in Finland, you can apply to a full-time program only if you fulfill the requirements for student residence permit of Finnish Immigration Service Migri. Thus, you should have one of the following justifications for Migri:

    • completed other degree at university level after high school, for example in a different field, and aim to complement your existing qualifications with business and management studies need further training relating to work done in your country of departure
    • have Finnish ancestry

    This restriction has to do with the Law of Foreigners and Finnish Immigration Service policy on student residence permits.

    However, if you do fulfill any of the above conditions and qualify for a residence permit, you are welcome to apply throughout the year if you meet the admission requirements below. If you do not qualify for residence permit, we are unfortunately unable to consider your application for the full-time program.

    TOP-UP program

    In order to be eligible for the third year TOP-UP program, you need to have completed two years of bachelor’s level studies in business at a university.


    Master’s degree program

    You are eligible to apply to the MBA program, if you have graduated (or are about to graduate) with a bachelor’s degree in business and management. Degree holders of other disciplines may apply, if they can demonstrate a passion and interest in business and management in their motivation letter and CV. As this MBA is designated as “pre-experience”, executive-level job experience is not mandatory.

  • Required documents

    Make you sure you have all the following documents ready when you fill out the application form.

    Educational background

    Applicants who have completed a qualification outside Finland must submit the following documents to Edunation:

    For bachelor’s degree:

    • Copy of the secondary school certificate
    • Copy of bachelor’s degree certificate from any field
    • Transcript of records

    For TOP-UP program:

    • Copy of the secondary school certificate
    • Transcript of records from a university with 2 years of business studies

    For master’s degree:

    • Copy of bachelor’s degree certificate in business and management or in another discipline with strong and demonstrated interest in business and/or entrepreneurship
    • Transcript of records

    Proof of nationality

    • Copy of passport ID page

    Language requirements

    A proof of English proficiency is required for all degrees at HELBUS. You will need to take at least one of these tests of English:

    For bachelor’s degree

    • IELTS: 6.0 with no section below 5.5
    • TOEFL iBT: 80
    • PTE academic: 54
    • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): C
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): C
    • Cambridge CPE and CAE (test taken after Jan 2015): 169

    For master’s degree

    • IELTS: 6.5
    • TOEFL iBT: 90
    • PTE academic: 61
    • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): C
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): C
    • Cambridge CPE and CAE (test taken after Jan 2015): 176

    The language certificate must be valid during the application period. The Pearson test of English, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are valid for two years. There are no limitations on the period of validity of the other certificates. A TOEFL test score will only be accepted if it has been directly submitted from the TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS). Edunation’s TOEFL code is C046.

    A language test is not required if you are a citizen of US, UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

    Others documents

    • Personal statement. The statement must clearly justify why you would be a suitable candidate for your chosen program, and what motivated you to apply. Max 4000 characters.
    • Academic reference letter. A professional reference letter is also recommended.
    • CV (if you are applying for a master’s degree and your bachelor’s is not from the field of business)

    Note: All documents need to be translated in English, if the original document  is not in English. The translations need to be signed and stamped by the translator.

  • Application instructions

    Read all the information below and follow the steps carefully.

    • Choose a university and a degree program you would like to apply for
    • Fill out the online application form found on Edunation’s website
    • Attach the required documents
    • Pay the 100€ Edunation application fee
    • Take part in an online interview
    • If the interview was satisfactory, you will be notified by email
    • Confirm your study place
    • Pay the tuition fee for the full program to receive your acceptance letter
    • Apply for a residence permit

    You will be notified by email if you do not get accepted.

Apply for HELBUS Summer School

The application process is fast and simple.

All you need to do is follow these 3 simple steps:

  • Fill the online application form
  • Attach the required documents
  • Purchase your travel insurance and make sure your passport is valid once you have received your acceptance letter and paid the tuition fee

Please note that the application process through Edunation is different than the one found on HELBUS’s website; thus we ask you to carefully follow the instructions on our page.

  • Admission requirements
    • You need to be at least 18 years old
    • Fluency in English. All courses are taught in English, and good English language skills are needed to follow lectures. No tests are required.

Quick facts

Next semester starts:
September, 2018

Summer school 2018:
July 16 – August 12, 2018

Application deadline:
apply round the year

Apply for bachelor’s

Apply for master’s

May 31, 2018

Apply for summer school

Tuition fee:
Bachelor: 9,410€ / year
Master: 15,000€ / full prog.
Summer school: 4,900€ / full prog.

Application fee:






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