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Bachelor's Degree in International Business

 Higher education in Finland is known for its high quality. Studying at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (in brief: KAMK) offers you the opportunity to study in English in a multicultural environment. Our students appreciate the individual guidance from the teachers and supporting staff which is enabled by small study groups. All our activities are arranged on one compact campus area near the town centre, surrounded by excellent facilities for those eager to do sports or just to enjoy the beauty of the nature. 

Degree:  Bachelor of Business Administration 
Extent of studies: 210 credits
Duration: 3,5 academic years
Number of study places:   20
Studies begin: End of August every year
Language of Instruction English

Objective of the Degree Programme

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 programme 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 programme is designed to encourage the development of entrepreneurial skills within the fields of International Business. Upon completion of the required 210 credits within three and a half years, graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Business Administration. The language of instruction in this programme is English.

The Bachelor's Degree in International Business covers the following six main competencies;

  • International Business Awareness
  • Intercultural Adaptability
  • International Operations Management
  • International Marketing Management
  • International Strategic Management
  • Organisational Development

Structure of the Programme

Basic studies provide the student with the basic 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 emphasise the framework and strategies of international business, international marketing and digital environment, international management and communication skills. Specialisation 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 programme 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 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.

Graduates of the International Business Programme will be able to choose from a variety of employment positions from being self-employed to working in management, planning and development posts within projects, sales and marketing in both private and public sector. It is also possible to continue studies towards a Master's degree in a university.


Basic Studies
Basic Business Competence
Operational Environment
Methodological Studies
Communication Studies

65 cr
15 cr
10 cr
10 cr
30 cr
Professional Studies 
Managing International Operations
Methodological Competence

40 cr
30 cr
10 cr

Specialization Studies 
Advanced Studies 1
Advanced Studies 2

45 cr
30 cr
15 cr

Free-choice Studies

Practical Training

15 cr

30 cr

15 cr 


Theory and Practise Combined

Studying in a university of applied sciences in Finland is practically oriented. The studies in the International Business programme 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 practise. The students will participate in real-life business projects and also in arranging different kinds of events within different courses.

Opportunities for Student Exchange 

As a students 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. The students may receive financial support from KAMK for their student exchange. Read more about Internationality at KAMK. It is highly recommended that (Finnish) students in this programme complete part of their studies at one of our partner universities abroad. 

It is also possible to obtain a double degree with a partner university in Germany by completing part of the studies in Germany.


How to Apply for this Programme?
The application period is in January yearly and the studies start at the end of August. Please see "Applying for Studies taught in English" for more detailed information about the application process.

Students' experiences

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Further Information on the Programme
Contact Information

Contact us for further details:

Admissions Office
Tel. +358 (0)44 7101 229
Email. admissions(at)kamk.fi

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 52 (Ketunpolku 3)
FI-87101 Kajaani