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Content of Studies
Structure of the Programme
Basic Studies  (60 cr)
Basic studies are compulsory studies that must be completed during the first year of study. These courses include basic courses in business activities, operational environments, methodological studies, and communication studies.

Professional Studies  (90 cr)
These courses are carried out from the second year onwards and they include special study modules covering different areas of international business activities. The aim of professional studies is to equip students with both the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to function in international business and marketing arenas. The studies emphasise the framework and strategies of international business, international
marketing, economics, finance, international management and communication skills.

The professional studies also include Specialisation Studies. The aim of the module is to deepen and widen the knowledge related to the professional studies. Studies completed during the student exchange should ideally fit into this module.

Free-choice Studies (15 cr)
The studies include a minimum of 15 credits of free-choice studies. The aim of the free-choice studies is to provide the student with the opportunity to deepen and widen knowledge related to one’s own professional field. These can be chosen from the degree programme or from another degree programme in the same UAS or from another UAS, university or elsewhere by prior agreement. The head of degree programme approves optional studies chosen by students.

Practical Training (30 cr)
An essential part of the studies is a five-month-long practical training period, which takes place during the spring semester of the 3rd study year. It is recommended that practical training is accomplished in a foreign country, but it can also be done locally. Before starting practical training the student must have a minimum of 115 credits. The purpose of practical training is to offer students the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired from their professional studies by carrying out practical expert tasks in companies.

Thesis  (15 cr)
The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate the student’s ability to adapt knowledge and skills acquired during professional studies. This can be accomplished in the form of project work, research work or applied research. Preparation of the thesis is accomplished towards the end of the student’s studies; a minimum of 150 credits must be accomplished before starting work on the thesis. It can also be multi-disciplinary. The thesis also includes a maturity test which demonstrates the student’s language skills and how familiar he or she is with the chosen subject of the thesis. Finnish students write the test in Finnish and foreign students in English. The test is taken under supervision with titles provided by the thesis supervisor.

Language Studies 
The Degree Programme in International Business includes 23 credits of compulsory language study. English is the language of teaching in the degree programme. However, all students must also acquire a minimum of 8 credits in English language studies. Foreign students must also 
accomplish 15 credits of Finnish language within their compulsory language studies. Finnish students study both Finnish  (10 cr) and Swedish (5 cr) as compulsory languages.

In addition to compulsory language courses, students can choose other foreign languages. The language studies offered are French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese and German. It is recommended that foreign students concentrate on studying the Finnish language during the first study year and do not start another new language during their first year. 

Annual Themes – Study Progress Description

Each study year has its own theme which describes the main focus of the courses.

1st year (2013 - 2014)        Observer of Business Operations

  • has the basic information needed to understand the fundamental processes of business operations, their impact on society, working life and the internationalisation process
  • understands the basis of entrepreneurship and the principles of profit making
  • gains knowledge of the theoretical models applied in business operations
  • has the necessary computer skills and methodologial tools needed for data collection, analysis and reporting.


2nd year (2014 - 2015)        International Business Operations

  • is able to outline and evaluate the key pattern and trends in international business activities
  • is able to assess differencies between cultures
  • knows the strategies of international marketing


3rd year (2015 - 2016)        Applicator of Knowledge

  • is able to apply knowledge in practice
  • learns to plan research and business activities
  • deepens his/her knowledge of international business


4th year (autumn 2016)    Developer of Business Operations

  • The student is able to develop business activities by impletenting the latest findings in the field.


Progress Chart

1st year    Basic Business Competence
                 Operational Environment
                 Methodological Competence
                 Communication Studies

2nd year  Managing International Operations
                 Work Community Competence
                 Methodological Competence
                 Advanced Marketing Studies

3rd year  Business Competence Development
                Free-choice Studies    
                Practical Training / Thesis

4th year  Practical Training / Thesis
                Free-choice Studies

Foreign Studies

For Finnish students it is recommended that the 2nd year autumn semester is spent in a foreign university or university of applied sciences. Foreign students may choose not to go abroad. To apply for foreign studies the student must have achieved a minimum of 45 credits per academic year. In addition it is required that the students have good language skills (good skills in English and at least basics in the target country’s language if possible) and good grades. Students who do not have any international experience will be given first priority when decisions concerning exchange places are made.