Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business
The degree programme in International Business, or DIB as we call it, has been designed to meet the requirements of internationally oriented small and medium-sized enterprises and is carried out entirely in English. The programme is intended for both Finnish and international students wishing to seek interesting career paths in innovative international business, sales and marketing, management or entrepreneurship.
By emphasizing interaction within a multicultural learning environment, that encourages initiative, interaction and innovation, will grow graduates' ability to assess the differences between national, organisational and occupational cultures.
You learn by participating lectures and discussions, doing group works, keeping presentations, taking part in different projects and case studies and visiting companies. Many of the courses are delivered in cooperation with visiting lecturers from foreign partner universities. The close co-operation with working life makes it possible for you to put the theory you've learnt at lectures into practice. Practical training that is included in studies enables you to network with working life in Finland and abroad already during your studies.
The degree programme in International Business focuses on developing various skills required in the field of innovative international business providing students the ability to work in international environment. You will learn how to draft international sales and marketing plans and how to implement, co-ordinate and control them. The knowledge of how to create, develop and maintain profitable customer relationships will enhance your value in the labour market.
The programme also includes international marketing management, which enables you to conduct analyses, international market surveys and formulate market-entry strategies. Courses in IT, HRM, management and accounting are important part of the degree programme and will deepen your understanding in corporate administration. The graduates adopt an approach that is based on demand and user oriented innovativeness which make it possible to work in project duties with initiative-oriented and developmental approach.
The 3.5 years of studies consist of basic studies, professional studies, practical training, free choice studies and the Bachelor’s thesis. Learning environment also include e-learning elements. Studies include courses in sales and marketing, international business, negotiation skills, entrepreneurship, management, languages and computing. Practical training is carried out during the autumn term of the third year either in Finland or abroad, in the field of international business.
Student’s special needs can be taken into consideration in their personal study plan.
Students are encouraged to participate in a student exchange period in one of the partner institutions and also to carry out a practical training period abroad.
Students will also have an opportunity to apply to a Double Degree programme at partner university. In Double Degree programme students spend part of their studies in partner institution and will receive a degree diploma from both higher education institutions once they graduate from Oulu UAS.
Oamk LABs are unique training and development programme available for students of Oulu UAS. The learning is based on studying and working in interdisciplinary projects, targeting the development of products, services and start-ups. Studies are meant for third or fourth year students and have a separate application period. There are three LAB options available:
Oulu Game LAB – focuses on the creation of multidisciplinary teams to build prototypes, products and then start-ups targeting the global games industry.
DevLAB – on the spring 2016 focus points are the health /wellness and energy/environment industries and on autumn 2016 green sustainability and natural resources.
EduLAB - focuses on the global education technology industry.
After graduation student will have a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (BBA), Tradenomi amk in Finnish. The degree gives the qualification to apply for jobs and posts where academic degree is required. Bachelor's degree also allows graduates to continue to Master's degree studies.
The programme allows versatile career opportunities both in Finland and internationally. Usually the graduates make their careers in the areas such as International sales and marketing, customer services, sales and office assignments, personnel administration, finance, marketing design and implementation or international trade import and export. Your title could be one of the following:
- Account Manager
- Marketing Managers and Assistance
- Marketing Co-ordinator
- Customer Service Agent
- Sales Manager and Negotiator
- Purchasing Manager
Russian Liubov Dosovitckaia, 18, has fallen in love with Finnish culture and nature. She has travelled a lot in Finland during her school years and Finnish culture has always interested her. Now Liubov studies International Business at Oulu UAS and dreams of working in Finland after she graduates.
Hungarian Tamas Zsakovics, 24, studies International Business at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences. He thinks that Oulu UAS offers good opportunities for business students.
Adrian Canales, 29, is about to start his second year in Degree Programme in International Business at the Oulu UAS. His life in Oulu started two years ago because of love.
There are plenty of versatile and affordable housing options available for students in the city of Oulu. Oulu University of Applied Sciences does not have student halls of residence but student housing for all degree students, both Finnish and international, is mainly provided by the local student housing organisation PSOAS, the Student Housing Foundation of Northern Finland.
The City of Oulu offers plenty of opportunities for different kind of activities from sports to nature activities and culture.