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”  

Read student stories

  • Carl, a student of international business, did not think twice about his career choice 23.11.2023

    Carl, a student of international business, did not think twice about his career choice – “My father has built a successful career in business, and it has inspired me” Carl Johan Valikangas, a student of international business at Oamk, speaks warmly about the practical nature of his studies and the great amount of group work involved. Business has always fascinated…

  • Double degree in Business gave more courage, independence and fun experiences 18.10.2021

    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 graduates is Rinus Smeets who saw the double degree as a great opportunity to try something different. – I had a very fun and…

  • From Trainee to Employee 8.5.2020

    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 (left), CEO of Screentec Oy, hired Roelof Aalpoel as an employee, after he had completed an internship with the company.  Photo: Ilkka Kaisto…

  • International Business at Oamk 14.8.2019

    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 me well how people in Finland have a lot of personal space. I had read that Finns are very…

  • International Business degree gives great skills for working with different people 3.12.2020

    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 in Ireland. Auri Airisniemi moved to Finland to study International Business in Oulu University of Applied Sciences. She has Finnish and Zambian roots…

  • International business woman in the making 6.10.2022

    International business woman in the making Esenam Adetunji has built herself a lively but peaceful life in Oulu. Studying international business at Oamk, she is very clear about her future plans. – I feel like it’s easy to start a family here. Esenam Adetunji has lived in many countries before settling in Oulu 11 years ago. Originally from Togo, Esenam,…

  • Many job opportunies from International Business studies 26.11.2019

    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 degree in International Business in Oulu University of Applied Sciences. She also did a double degree as an exchange student in United…

  • Passionate about international business studies 8.10.2021

    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 together with students from many different backgrounds. Chamari Dasanayake says the international study environment enables students to learn a lot from one another. Business…

  • Studying International Business at Oamk 9.8.2019

    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 Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk) and dreams of working in Finland after she graduates. – It touches us…