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Bachelor's Degree in International Business

In the basic studies stage, students will be instructed in the fundamentals of business operations in order to establish a groundwork for subsequent stages. The professional studies stage includes a range of special study modules covering different areas of international business activities. These studies emphasise the framework and strategies of international business, international management and communication skills, with focus on international marketing in a modern, digitalised environment.

A fundamental part of the degree programme is a 5-month practical training period, which gives you the opportunity to apply in practice the theory you have acquired in your studies. The practical training can be undertaken in Finland or abroad, giving you the option to combine this period of knowledge development with a new international adventure. 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 you have acquired during your studies, focusing on a topic that you have a personal interest in. With personal study planning and dedication, it is also possible to complete the degree in a shorter time than the official 3,5 years.

Here are some examples of hands-on projects our students have been involved in during their studies: 

- Brand development - Hotel luxury brand - What does it take to get there?
- Marketing of services and customer relationship development; Training, living and dining conditions for top international athletes at the college.
- Baseline Analysis - Future Developments
- Service Marketing, Pop Up Concept Idea, Opening New Market -> Image Marketing, New Customer Acquisition, Marketing Research
- Service concept testing for nearby businesses and designing new service concept ideas for a state-owned enterprise
- Implementing Customer Relationship Marketing and Event Concept 
- Various customer service and meeting point development workshops using service design tools for  a local company

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Study places
210 ECTS
3,5 years
Degree Title
Bachelor of Business Administration
Further information
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The students will participate in real-life business projects and also in arranging different kinds of events within different courses.

Application for the English-taught degree programmes in Finnish higher education institutions are submitted online through the joint application system at Studyinfo during the application period. Application period for studies starting in autumn 2020 are as follows (choose one): 

1) Apply based on entrance exam results: 8 - 22 January 2020.
2) Apply based on SAT test result: 31 March - 15 April 2020
3) Summer Application 5-12 August 2020

Application period for studies starting in autumn 2021 are as follows: 
1) Apply based on entrance exam results: 7 - 20 January 2021.
Entrance Exams

For the application period 1 (8 - 22 January 2020), the eligible applicants will be invited to take the entrance exam. The exams will be arranged in Kajaani and in specified countries abroad.

For the application period 2 (31 March - 15 April 2020) there are no entrance exams, but the selections are solely based on the SAT test result.

Summer Application (5-12 August): The entrance exam will be held on 14 August 2020 at KAMK in Kajaani. Registration at 8.30. It will also be possible to take the exam online on 14 August. 


During the studies, you will specialize in international marketing in a modern, digitalised environment. You will benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to marketing communications, supplemented with specific current phenomenon such as digital marketing automation, storytelling, content marketing, online customer dialogue, and mobile marketing. 

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. It is also possible to choose a double degree with our partner universities.

Read more about the content of the studies: Study Guide

Graduates of the International Business degree will be able to apply for a variety of employment positions, from entrepreneurship to working in management roles, project planning and development roles, and sales and marketing positions, all within both the private and public sectors. It is also possible to continue studies towards a Master's degree in a university. After graduation, our alumni are working for example as 

  • Junior Analyst
  • Strategy Analyst
  • Executive Assistant
  • Content Producer
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Strategy and Customer Manager
  • Vice Director of Marketing
  • Planner and Strategy Consult

For studies starting in autumn 2020, the entrance exams are arranged both online and in Kajaani.

International Business entrance exam may consist of written part (essay, multiple-choice questions, a section measuring mathematical/logical thinking) and an interview. The essay and the interview are combined in the entrance examination as an integrated section measuring English language proficiency. 

The examination assesses study and teamwork skills, verbal and written expression skills as well as mathematical/logical reasoning skills.

The ability to communicate fluently in English, both speaking and writing, is prerequisite for admission. Therefore, applicants must pass all parts of the exam in order to be selected for admission. Applicants scoring below the minimum points of any of the sections will fail the exam. The section testing English language proficiency will be entered in the system with a pass/fail grade.

The pre-reading material will be published on the web pages before the exam.

Pre-reading material for exam in Finland HERE!

Pre-reading material for FINNIPS exams (outside Finland)

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The tuition fee at KAMK is 6 000 euros per academic year. The students, who accept their study place within 14 days from the notice of admission, get a 50% discount off the tuition fee as an early bird scholarship. Later on in the studies, the scholarship rewards for study progress, ie. the students who complete a minimum of 55 credits per academic year, get a 50% discount off the tuition fee. In addition, KAMK offers an additional scholarship for those, who pass a national language test in Finnish during their studies. This scholarship is available once during the studies and offers the students the possibility to study a year for free - providing that they get both scholarships (55 credits + Finnish language) the same year.  

The scholarships are always used directly to reduce the tuition fee. Scholarships are available by application only. The first year fee is paid when accepting the study place, and later on, it is paid in May yearly.  The scholarship applies only to the tuition-fee paying students Read more about tuition fees

In addition to the tuition fee, the students must pay for their study materials and for their own living costs. The average monthly living expenses for a student living in Finland are approximately 700 – 900 euros. This may vary depending on personal circumstances. When applying for a residence permit in Finland, non-EU/EEA nationals need to demonstrate that they have at least 560 euros per month at their disposal – in addition to the tuition fee.

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