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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

Would you like to learn how Lego Company co-creates their brand or study how Oura uses influencers in their marketing? Co-operation with local and international companies is an essential part of international business studies at Oamk. Students interact with companies from various industries through course assignments, project studies, visits to company premises, presentations by company representatives, practical training, and thesis work. Companies such as Nokia, Polar Electro, Nordea Bank, Kide Hotel at Iso-Syöte Ski Resort and MedKit regularly share their business acumen with international business students. Close co-operation with partner companies helps our students gain insights into business practice and build professional networks for future.


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.

Read stories of our IB alumni:

“If you want to work in Oulu, believe in yourself and push hard”

”Oulu is a helpful place for international students, and people are nice”