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International Business -koulutus Oulun ammattikorkeakoulussa

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. 

Next application is on January 8-22 2020 and the admission criteria will be updated before application period begins.


What is the 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.


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 and dreams of working in Finland after she graduates. Read more.

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.


Hungarian Tamas Zsakovics studies International Business at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences. He thinks that Oamk offers good opportunities for business students. So it is no wonder that you can often find Tamas in the Business Kitchen which is the entrepreneurship hub of the university. Read more.

Versatile study possibilities to make your degree unique

Once accepted as a degree student, it is pretty much up to you what your BBA diploma will look like. Of course there are compulsory courses you must take, but there are also many possibilities for you to choose something extra into your degree that will make you and your expertise stand out from other job seekers once you graduate.

One of these great opportunities is Business Kitchen. Business Kitchen is the universities' entrepreneurship hub - a community and co-working space to boost action and discover new opportunities in business and life. In Business Kitchen students get to solve real world challenges and put theories in practice as well as various activities, programmes and events to support new business creation.

If Business Kitchen is not your cup of tea, maybe you could apply to one of our LABs.Oamk LABs are unique training and development programmes available for students. 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 – Entrepreneurship-focused game development education.

DevLAB – Projects develop concepts and products connecting health and well-being with technology.

EduLAB -  Development of prototypes, products and start-ups targeting the global technology industry.

These are just the tip of the iceberg of what we at Oamk have to offer to for our students.

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

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

Want to learn more about the curriculum?

Have a look at our Study Guide.

Scope of qualification and duration

210 ECTS

3.5 years

Tuition fee

8 000€ for non-EU/EEA students

Scholarship AVAILABLE

Application period

20.3.–3.4.2019, 5 study places

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Application period

9.–23.1.2019, 35 study places

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