The objective of the bachelor’s degree in International Business is to provide both Finnish and international students with a high quality business education and international business experience. The program aims at providing the students with the vital skills needed to work in expert positions in small and medium-sized companies involved in international business.
The program is designed to encourage the development of entrepreneurial skills within the fields of International Business.
The degree program covers the following six main competencies:
- International Business Awareness
- Intercultural Adaptability
- International Operations Management
- International Marketing Management
- International Strategic Management
- Organizational Development
Basic studies provide the student with the information needed to understand the fundamental processes of business operations. Professional studies include special study modules covering different areas of international business activities. The studies emphasize the framework and strategies of international business, international marketing and digital environment, international management and communication skills. Specialization studies and free-choice studies provide the student with the opportunity to deepen and widen knowledge related to his/her own professional field.
An essential part of the degree program is also a 5-month practical training period which gives you the opportunity to apply acquired theory in practice. The practical training can be accomplished in Finland or abroad. Towards the end of your studies, you will also complete a thesis in the form of a project work, research work or applied research. The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate your ability to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during your studies. With personal study planning, it is also possible to complete the degree in a shorter time than the official 3.5 years.
Basic Business Competence
Managing International Operations
International Marketing and Digital Environments OR International Studies Abroad / completed in one of the partner universities abroad
45 cr Free-choice Studies 15 cr Practical Training 30 cr Thesis 15 cr
Theory and practice combined
Studying at a university of applied sciences in Finland is practically oriented. The studies in the International Business program include lectures and seminars to provide the theoretical background for the subjects, but also a lot of group work, project work and presentations to apply the theory into practice. The students will participate in real-life business projects and also in arranging different kinds of events within different courses.
Graduates of the International Business will be able to choose from a variety of employment positions from being self-employed to working in management, planning and development positions within projects, sales and marketing in both private and public sector. It is also possible to continue studies towards a master’s degree at a university.
Opportunities for student exchange
As a student at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, you will be able to complete a part of your studies and/or practical training abroad using our wide network of partners. Participating in student exchange and completing part of the studies in one of our partner universities makes it possible to broaden the specialization of your studies.
The students may receive financial support from KAMK for their student exchange.
It is also possible to obtain a double degree with a partner university in Germany by completing part of the studies in Germany.