Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Degree title in Finnish: Tradenomi (AMK)
The Duration and extent of studies is 3.5 years, 210 credits.

Study objectives

Degree Programme in International Business provides students with solid understanding of different approaches to performing business.

The programme will give the student professional competence within broad scope of international business, versatile problem-solving and social skills needed in a multicultural environment, as well as tools for communicating the solutions.

Study contents

The programme includes business studies, management, marketing, finanacial management and supply chain management studies as well as language and intercultural communication studies.

Real life projects are part of the studies and that way students learn to work in multicultural project teams and also to manage projects.

The International Business study programme includes a semester long exchange study period at one of our partner institutions. Students may also do their placement almost anywhere in the world.

Structure of studies

First year theme: Business Skills and Working with People 60 ECTS
Second year theme: Building and Developing Businesses 55 ECTS
Third year theme: Shaping Professional Identity
(students choose either Leaderhip, International Marketing or Supply Chain Management study focus)
Placement 30 ECTS
Thesis 15 ECTS

International Business Curriculum Structure (pdf)

Final project

A  bachelor's thesis (15 ECTS) is included in the programme. Most students do their bachelor's thesis as a development project which aims to produce new solutions for companies by combining theoretical knowledge with practical skills.

More about the language of instruction

The whole degree programme is conducted in English.


International activities are considered to be an essential development area at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, and the range of foreign partners is wide and well-established.

Saimaa University of Applied Sciences co-operates with different universities in Russia, Asian countries and Europe in the fields of student, teacher and trainee exchange and different kinds of joint development projects.

Co-operation with other parties

Possibility to do a double degree.

Career opportunities

International Business studies prepares the student for the diverse aspects of business operations including studies of management, marketing, finance and logistics.

It prepares the student to the international business world that needs multicultural experts for companies and various foreign trade positions to run operations and implement projects around the world.

International Business students may choose whether they want to deepen their expertise in leadership, international marketing or supply chain management.

Research focus

The standing point of the RDI at the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences is to create new lucrative solutions both to everyday life and business.

We believe that only genuine needs can generate real innovations. We want to be pioneers and remember the key role of the human being (a customer and a user) in the development.

Postgraduate study opportunities

Eligible for second-cycle higher education studies. The admissions decisions are made in the receiving higher education institution.

Tuition fee

Non-EU/EEA students are subject to tuition fees. The annual tuition fee for students in Bachelor´s degree programmes is 5 400 e/year. Applying for the 50 % scholarship is possible after the first academic year. To be able to use the given option, you must be able to study full time during the first academic year - meaning, that you must complete a minimum of 55 ECTS credits of studies that are included in your personal study plan. For more information please see:

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