In the bachelor’s degree programme International Business at Arcada you will learn how to develop sustainable solutions for economic growth. Thanks to IT being an integrated part of your studies, you will gain unique skills in digital tools and systems, which give you a competitive edge on the job market. As you will spend several months on work placements at companies in Finland or abroad, you will apply your knowledge in practice. In addition to practical business knowledge, the programme offers you several different tracks for specialising.
At the end of your first year you will apply to one of our four specialisation modules, which will make you a top-level professional in one of the following fields:
3. Tourism and Experience Management
4. Financial Management
In case there are more applicants than places, selection of module will be based on your previous study unit grades in that subject.
Depending on your major you will learn: how to produce (digital) marketing material and campaigns, make logistical decisions throughout the supply chain, build and manage tourism services, or accounting and making fact-based financial decisions. In addition, you will develop competencies related to either organisational development, data analysis or service development.
If you are curious and have a genuine interest in sustainable business or entrepreneurship, sufficient skills to study in English at an academic level, the ability to act in a multicultural environment, and good computer skills, then we highly encourage you to apply to this programme.
What you will learn
In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge in your major, you will learn:
- The general functions of businesses
- How to run a sustainable business
- Business analytics
- To work with real assignments from companies
- To work in an international business environment
- To understand a rapidly changing business context
- Public speaking
Examples of future positions
Regardless of whether you want to work as an entrepreneur, manager or expert within the business world, as a graduate from this programme your career opportunities are numerous. Your future work title can for instance be:
- Customer Success Manager
- Sales Specialist/Manager
- Project Planner/Specialist/Manager
- Customer Advisor
- Online Marketing Specialist/Manager
- Social Media Specialist/Manager
- Marketing Specialist/Manager
- Logistics Specialist/Manager
- Distribution Co-ordinator
- Purchasing Specialist/Manager
- Product Category Specialist/Manager
- Tourism Specialist/Manager
- Corporate Accountant
Personal guidance and state-of-the-art teaching
At Arcada we believe in student-centred and dialogue-driven learning, i.e. that learning happens when you get to be active, ask questions, and discuss with your peers. At the same time, our teachers offer you support and feedback, ensuring that you are not left alone with your studies. We take pride in the personal guidance teachers give their students, and this is also something our students and alumni continue to highlight as one of the top advantages of studying at Arcada.
Teachers with a diverse and international background, as well as visiting lecturers from partner universities and business schools abroad, ensure that the teaching is state-of-the-art and that the knowledge you gain is up to date. Your studies consist of lectures, workshops, practical case studies, and you conduct them both individually and as a group. Most of your studies take place on campus, but some are arranged online.
A truly international experience
As Arcada is the most international Finnish UAS in relation to its size, here you are guaranteed to meet and collaborate with new people of diverse backgrounds. The group of International Business students consists of international and Finnish students, which contributes to a wealth of perspectives. What is more, our students in International Business (in English) and Business Administration (Företagsekonomi in Swedish) co-operate actively during their studies. In this programme you will learn how to network from day one and strengthen your skills to function in multicultural groups, which are key competences in an international business environment.
How to apply
Please visit the Application pages for all the information on how to apply.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Please note that applicants from countries outside the European Union/EEA are required to pay tuition fees.
We offer scholarships for bachelor's level studies. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance (number of credits achieved during the previous year as well as grade point average). The scholarships can be awarded from the second study year onwards. We also have an early bird offer. Learn more on our Application pages.
You can familiarize yourself with the current curriculum on Arcada's digital study guide Start (External link), but be aware that changes to the content may occur for the next academic year.
Contact us about the programme
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