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Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business

Would you like to have an exciting career either in Finland or abroad? Could you see yourself working in multicultural work environment and wouldn't mind if your work takes you to the places you haven't seen before? If yes, the Degree programme in International Business is your choice.

What is the BBA degree all about?

The degree programme in International Business, or DIB as we call it, is intended for both Finnish and international students wishing to seek interesting career paths in innovative international business, sales and marketing, management or entrepreneurship. The programme emphasises interaction within a multicultural learning environment and encourages initiative, interaction and innovation.

The programme develops the students’ skills 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 co-operation with visiting lecturers from foreign partner universities. The close co-operation with work life makes it possible for students to put theory into practice. Studies include practical training, which enables students to network with work life in Finland and abroad.  

Content of studies – The skills that will help you to achieve your dream

The programme focuses on developing various skills required in the field of innovative international business. You will learn to draft international sales and marketing plans and how to implement, co-ordinate and control them. You will learn how to create, develop and maintain profitable customer relationships. The programme also includes international marketing management, which enables you to conduct analyses, international market surveys and formulate market-entry strategies. Studies also include courses in IT, HRM, management and accounting. The graduates adopt an approach that is based on demand and user- oriented innovativeness, which make it possible or them to work in project duties with innovative, initiative-oriented and developmental approach.

Learn by doing

A big part of international business studies are real life-projects that students conduct to local and international companies as part of their course studies. Go-to market plans for companies such as Dorent Ltd, Oikian Ltd or Uros Ltd have allowed students to show their skills to company representatives. To enhance their knowledge of organizing an international conference our students have actively helped local company Printocent in organizing international seminars. At Oamk you will be able to use your skills and knowledge already during the studies.


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 Oamk. 

Career opportunities

International Business programme allows versatile career opportunities both in Finland and internationally. Usually the graduates make their careers in the areas suchas international sales and marketing, customer services, sales and office assignments, personnel administration, finance, marketing design and implementation or international trade import and export. The working title could be one of the following:

  • Account Manager
  • Marketing Managers and Assistance
  • Marketing Co-ordinators
  • Customer Service Agents
  • Sales Managers and Negotiators
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Entrepreneur

Please note that though these study modules are available for our students some of them might have separate admission period.

Stories of IB students   

  • Studying International Business at Oamk

    Studying International Business at Oamk Russian Liubov Dosovitckaia 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 Oamk

    International Business at Oamk A third-year student in the International Business programme, Alisa Chabanyuk of Ukraine, remembers very well her very first impression of Oulu.  – When I arrived, I fell in love with the nature and the tranquility. It suits...

  • Many job opportunies from International Business studies

    Many job opportunies from International Business studies Imane Bakhi studied International Business in Oulu University of Applied Sciences and graduated from there in 2009. Currently she works as an marketing manager in Oulu. Imane Bakhi has done a...

  • From Trainee to Employee

    From a Trainee to an Employee Students gain valuable working life experience for example from the practical training included in their studies. Also companies benefit by getting a potential long term employee of the student.  Antti Tauriainen...

  • International Business degree gives great skills for working with different people

    International Business degree gives great skills for working with different people International Business student Auri Airisniemi came to study in Oulu University of Applied Sciences from Ireland. She is half Finnish and half Zambian but has grown up...

  • Passionate about international business studies

    Passionate about international business studies Chamari Dasanayake moved to Finland in 2007 and is now studying international business at Oulu University of Applied Sciences. What she likes most about her studies is the opportunity to study...

  • Double degree in Business gave more courage, independence and fun experiences

    Double degree in Business gave more courage, independence and fun experiences The first Fontys University of Applied Sciences students who participated in Oamk’s double degree program in Business graduated from Oamk in September. One of the...