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Degree programme

International Business

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Towards expertise in international business

Get a solid business education in our Degree Programme in International Business! You will gain competences and business expertise which will help you succeed in multicultural environments.

The studies are a combination of various learning methods, such as contact teaching, online studies and team-based assignments. The learning model will help you to combine theoretical business studies with learning by doing under the guidance of a Team Coach in a virtual firm.

In our degree programme you can choose from seven specialisation options:

  • Accounting and Finance  
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experience Economy and Tourism
  • Human Resource Management and Leadership
  • Innovation Management and Business Development  
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

A key element of the programme is a period abroad, which prepares you for international working life. Our degree programme in International Business also has three Double Degree programmes with KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux or Marseille, France), Munich University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and Salford Business School (Manchester, UK).

According to the alumni surveys our graduates have landed in a variety of business administration jobs from marketing, sales, customer relations to export-import or product management. They also work for example in supply chain management, project management and as consultants or entrepreneurs.

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Degree earned

Bachelor of Business Administration

Type

Bachelor's degree (University of Applied Sciences)

Planned duration

3.5 years

Extent of studies

210 ECTS credits

City

Tampere

Campus

TAMK Main Campus

Form of learning

Daytime teaching

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens

9 800 €

Study objectives

The objective of the TAMK BBA in International Business is to prepare undergraduates for tasks demanding business expertise and for entry-level managerial positions worldwide. The programme is targeted at students who want to work in a multicultural environment. The students will learn basic business skills and acquire competence essential for success in today's international working life. The programme challenges you to look for your field of expertise and career path in business. A key element of the programme is a required period of study abroad.

Graduates from the TAMK BBA in International Business Programme face exciting professional opportunities in the fields, e.g. marketing, sales, export-import operations, product management, and customer relations. TAMK graduates also work in supply chain management, project management or as consultants or entrepreneurs.

More about the language of instruction

The language of instruction is English.

Study contents

The programme is an internationally competitive, full-time Bachelor of Business Administration programme (BBA), taught in English. It is accredited by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and accepts both Finnish and international students.

First Year - Basics of International Business

During the first year of studies, the objective is to give the students a broad perspective on the business operations of a company, including computing and communication skills. Students learn to apply theory in practice right from the start, as they establish and operate a virtual Practice Enterprise. The learning model helps students to combine theoretical business studies with learning-by-doing.

Students develop their working life skills and competences by working in their Practice Enterprise, and during the collaborative learning sessions under the guidance of a Team Coach. The coaching teachers have an on-going role in promoting team learning skills, and individual learning, by supervising the students' team work in their Practice Enterprises throughout the first year. With their multicultural teams, the students learn together and practice their collaboration and communication skills.

The contents of the first year study are presented in detail in separate module guides, which are distributed to students at the beginning of the academic year.

Second Year – Choosing the Fields of Specialisation

At the end of the first year, the students start to plan their own career paths. The second year will give the students a deeper insight into the functions of an internationalising company.

Students choose two specialisation modules of 15 ECTS credits out of the following 7 options:

  • Accounting and Finance  
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experience Economy and Tourism
  • Human Resource Management and Leadership
  • Innovation Management and Business Development  
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management.

Third Year – Exchange Studies and Practical Training

During the third year, the Finnish students choose a foreign partner university for their semester of study abroad (= 4 - 6 months). The International Business Programme has some 130 partner universities all over the world. In addition, the Finnish students will spend a further 5 months abroad in a practical training placement. It can be done anywhere in the world; students are free to arrange their training placements to suit their own international career plans.

International students can complete the whole degree in Finland, but they can also choose to go for an exchange study period and do their practical training outside of Finland.

Fourth Year – Bachelor's Thesis and Developing Professional Expertise

Ideally, the organisation where students do their practical training will also commission their Bachelor's thesis, which is a development project requiring them to apply their knowledge and expertise to solve a specific problem for the company concerned.

The objective of the Bachelor's thesis is to combine theoretical knowledge with practical skills, and in this way to produce topical solutions for the organisation's needs. The thesis is written following the practices of scientific reporting and with emphasis on practical solutions for existing problems within the organisation concerned. It can be a planning or development task, a research, a product, or a guide done for a company, a branch of local government, or other organisations. Ideally, the students should find a practical case for their final thesis during the practical training. Writing the Bachelor's thesis will take from four to six months, depending on the topic and level of difficulty.

Teaching is carried out using a variety of learning methods, such as

  • contact teaching
  • virtual studies
  • blended learning
  • case studies
  • development discussions
  • research and development assignments with companies
  • intensive programmes with partner universities
  • independent studies
  • team-based assignments
  • individual company projects
  • portfolios.

A key element of the programme is a required period of study/training abroad.

Choosing a field of specialisation

At the end of the first year, you will start to plan your own career path. At this stage you will choose your second year specialisation out of the following seven options:

  • Accounting and Finance  
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experience Economy and Tourism
  • Human Resource Management and Leadership
  • Innovation Management and Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the programme is 9 800 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students. For more information, please see Tuition Fees and Scholarships.

Structure of studies

The scope of the degree programme is worth 210 credits (ECTS) and it takes 3.5 years to complete. If you plan your studies carefully, it may be possible to graduate sooner.

The BBA Degree Programme consists of the following parts:

  • Basic and Professional Studies (145 ECTS credit points) including a required International Student Exchange of 4 - 6 months,
  • Free-Choice Studies (20 ECTS credit points),
  • International Practical Training (30 ECTS credit points)
  • Bachelor's thesis (15 ECTS credit points)

For Finnish nationals, both a semester of study abroad and a practical training placement abroad are required parts of the degree programme. For the students of other nationalities, study and training periods abroad are highly recommended but not required.

Final project

The objective of the Bachelor's thesis (15 ECTS credit points) is to combine theoretical knowledge with practical skills, and in this way to produce topical solutions for the organisation's needs. The thesis is written following the practices of scientific reporting and with emphasis on practical solutions for existing problems within the organisation concerned. It can be a planning or development task, a research, a product, or a guide done for a company, a branch of local government, or other organisations. Ideally, the students should find a practical case for their final thesis during the practical training. Writing the Bachelor's thesis will take from four to six months, depending on the topic and level of difficulty.

Examples of TAMK International Business students' theses can be found in the Theseus database:
https://publications.theseus.fi/handle/10024/6703

Career opportunities

The BBA in International Business prepares undergraduates for demanding jobs in the fields of e.g. marketing, sales, export-import operations, financial management, product management, and customer relations. TAMK undergraduates also work in supply chain management, project management and as consultants or entrepreneurs. Even entry level managerial positions are within the reach of our most successful graduates. 


Occupational titles

The variety of job titles of TAMK BBA Alumnae shows how the degree works for individual career goals: customer service officer, marketing planner, marketing assistant, sales negotiator, sales manager, publicist or social media manager, purchaser, procurement assistant, logistics assistant, supplier account manager, demand solution specialist, materials and warehouse manager, finance assistant, accountant, payroll specialist, business controller assistant, business analyst, financial analyst, service advisor, project manager, entrepreneur, export/import assistant or manager, operations assistant, claims handler, key account manager, senior HR consultant, international research assistant, product group manager.

The BBA Alumnae specialising in Experience Economy and Tourism now work as resort manager, service or product manager, programme coordinator, event coordinator, sales assistant, marketing manager, travel secretary, front desk receptionist, tourist information officer, project manager, tourism office advisor, or service manager.

Qualification

Bachelor of Business Administration

Internationalisation

As a TAMK student you have the opportunity to complete part of your degree abroad in one of TAMK's partner universities, of which we have over 300 in more than 50 countries. Practical training can also be done anywhere in the world; you are free to arrange your training placements to suit your own international career plans. For Finnish nationals, both a semester of study abroad and a practical training placement abroad are required parts of the degree programme. For students of other nationalities, study and training periods abroad are highly recommended but not required.

The degree programme is an inspiring and multicultural learning environment. Half of the students are Finnish and the other half comprises international students from other European countries, Asia, North America, South America, and Africa. Other means of guaranteeing a truly international and multicultural study experience are to immerse yourself in language studies, peer tutoring for other international students, friend-family activities and international projects and themed weeks.

As a student enrolled in this degree programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for a double degree at Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) in Germany or University of Salford in the UK. If accepted, you will spend a full academic year at MUAS/Salford and get a degree certificate from both TAMK and MUAS/Salford on completion of your double degree.

Co-operation with other parties

The degree programme is co-designed and co-developed with local companies and alumni of the TAMK BBA programme.

As a degree student of TAMK, you have the possibility, when enrolled as present, to select studies also from the curriculum of Tampere University to include in your degree within the framework of your study plan. With these cross-institutional studies and shared projects you can create a personalised study portfolio with extended knowledge and skills. As a student of TAMK, a national study portal provided by the Finnish universities of applied sciences is also open for you.

Postgraduate study opportunities

After BBA graduation, you will be eligible to apply for a Master's Degree programme in Finland or abroad.

TAMK School of Business and Services also runs further studies in an internationally competitive, English-taught Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management and Master's Degree Programme in Educational Leadership. To apply for a University of Applied Sciences Master's programme you must have three years of work experience from the field after your BBA graduation.

Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility for the degree programme is given by the general eligibility for bachelor’s degrees in universities of applied sciences in Finland. 

For further information see the Studyinfo website Who can apply.

Admission procedure

Study places

Study option Study places Entrance examination SAT score 
Bachelor's Degree in International Business 55 50 5

Selection methods

Applicants are ranked and admitted based on the entrance exam points or the SAT score.

Entrance exam

The national entrance exam for the Degree Programme in International Business is arranged in Finland on 10 April 2019. The exams outside of Finland are organised via FINNIPS network in March 2019.

The pre-reading material for the exam will be published by 9 January 2019.

All eligible applicants are invited to the examination. Invitations to the examination are sent to the e-mail address given in the application form. 

Please look for more information about the entrance exam under the section Entrance examination.

SAT score

If you are applying with SAT score TAMK International Business requires you to take the SAT, which includes a Reading test, a Writing and Language test and a Math test. Essay is not required. Please note that SAT Subject Tests are not accepted. Only new SAT scores taken after 1 March 2016 are accepted.

An applicant applying with SAT score must have completed both of the following SAT sections with the following minimum points:

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing minimum 500 points
    • Reading Test
    • Writing and Language Test
  • Mathematics minimum 500 points

The lowest accepted SAT score total is 1000 points. Students are selected in order of points.

You must deliver your SAT score by 10 April 2019. That is why the SAT Test should be taken no later than on the March 2019 test date. Check registration deadlines on the SAT website; the registration closes approximately one month before the test dates: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines

The SAT score must arrive to TAMK UAS Admissions Office directly from the College Board. Please fill in the institution code 6960 when you register for SAT. You can also order score reports at any time after your test through your online account. More information can be found from https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores

Selection between applicants with equal points

If two or more applicants earn the same admission points, they will be ranked on order of preference

If the admission points are still at a tie after ranking applicants based on the above-mentioned criteria, the application system will automatically draw the order.

Entrance exam

The national entrance exam in Finland is arranged on 10 April 2019. All eligible applicants are invited to sit the examination. 

The pre-reading material for the exam will be published by 9 January 2019. The material may not be taken to the exam.

It is possible to score a maximum of 40 points on the entrance exam. The applicants must score a minimum of 10 points in order to pass the exam.

The entrance exam consists of the following parts (minimum/maximum points):

Examination Part

Minimum Points Required

Maximum Points

Essay

3

10

Multiple-Choice Questions

2

6

Mathematics/Logic

2

8

Interview

3

16

Total

10

40

 

The essay and the interview are also combined in the entrance examination as an integrated section measuring English language proficiency. This will be evaluated on the scale pass/fail. If you fail the language test, you cannot be admitted.

All parts of the examination have to be passed in order to be admitted.

The entrance examination result is only valid for the one specific application period.

Entrance exams outside of Finland

The entrance exams outside of Finland will be organised via the FINNIPS network. The country selection for spring 2019 will be announced in October 2018. The exams will take place in March 2019.

Invitations to the entrance exam

All applicants will be invited to sit the entrance examination. Applicants choose the exam country in the application form. The invitations will be sent based on this information. Invitations to the examination are sent to the e-mail address given in the application at the end of February.

Applicants must participate in all examination sections. If an applicant skips a section, the entrance examination will be failed.

Entrance exam co-operation

Universities of applied sciences organise entrance exams in cooperation. Degree programmes belonging to the same entrance exam group accept entrance exams completed in the other universities of applied sciences. Applicants must sit the entrance examination at the unit providing the programme choice highest up in their application preferences participating in admissions cooperation, and the location of the examination may not be changed. TAMK participates in the national entrance examination cooperation.

Pre-reading material

The pre-reading material for the exam will be published here by 9 January 2019.The material may not be taken to the exam.

Special arrangements for entrance exam

If you have special needs which should be taken into account when arranging your online interview/entrance exam, please fill in the application form and deliver it with the other required enclosures to TAMK Admissions Office by 30 January 2019 (3 pm Finnish time). 

You need to describe your special needs and the grounds for special arrangements in the application. Please enclose any relevant copies (e.g. medical certificate). 

Application form (opens 4th December)

If you do not deliver the application in time, TAMK has no responsibility to make any special arrangements. If the need for special arrangements arises or is discovered between the end of the application period (23 January 2019) and the online interview/entrance exam, you must deliver the special arrangement application without delay to TAMK Admissions Office. 

The special arrangement decision only applies to one application round. 

How to apply

Application step-by-step

  • Check your eligibility for the degree programme of your choice.
  • Apply via Studyinfo.fi portal during 9 - 23 January 2019 (3 pm Finnish time).  
  • Send requested attachments by post or e-mail.
  • Take part in the entrance exam.
  • Accept the offered study place.
  • Join the TAMK community!

Online application

The electronic application form is available during the application period 9 - 23 January 2019 (3 pm Finnish time) in the Finnish national application portal

Note that your e-mail address is only valid for filling out one application. You cannot fill out additional applications with one e-mail address.

Please note that the order of preference is binding and it cannot be changed after the application period ends. You can be admitted only one study place. The application system will offer a study place which is highest on your order of preference, and to which you have received enough admission points in order to be admitted.

Order of preference and scholarships

You may apply to other universities or UAS's in Finland in the joint application. Please note that you must mark the order of preference on your application, and the order is binding. This means that you cannot accept a place from your third choice if you are accepted to your first or second choice.

Non-EU/EEA citizens: If you wish to qualify for the Early Bird -scholarship at TAMK, you must have TAMK as your first choice and you must accept the offered study place within 7 days from the time that student selection results are published.

Enclosures

Application documents

A degree completed outside of Finland
You have to upload the required certificate copies to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 15:00 Finnish time at the latest. If your original degree certificate is in other language than Finnish, Swedish or English, you also have to upload a copy of its' authorised translation. The authorised translation has to be in Finnish, Swedish or English and it has to include the authorised translator’s signature and stamp.

International matriculation examination (IB, EB, RP/DIA)
You have to upload diploma and the official translation (RP/DIA) copies to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 15:00 Finnish time at the latest.

Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990
You have to upload matriculation examination certificate to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 15:00 Finnish time at the latest.

Graduates of spring 2019
You have to upload to your application form a stamped and signed document from your school stating that you are graduating by the end of the academic year by 30 January 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest. If you are applying with IB diploma and graduating during the academic year 2018-2019, submit a Predicted Grades or equivalent by 10 April 2019 at 15:00 Finnish time at the latest to the highest study option's UAS' Admissions Office.

If you are applying with other than abovementioned degree, you don’t have to send certificate copies during the application period. 
The certificate copies are checked from those who are accepted as students and the copies have to be submitted by 8 July 2019. If applying with international matriculation examination and graduating during the spring term 2019, you have to deliver the final diploma copies (Transcript of Grades for those completing IB diploma) by 12 July 2019.

Document proving exemption of tuition fee

All applicants must upload to their application form a copy of one of the following documents to establish their citizenship and/or residence status. This pertains to the legislation on tuition fees for those accepted students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland or holders of certain residence status in Finland. In case you hold a residence permit, upload that copy instead of passport copy, as it will also exempt you from payment of tuition fees.

You must upload the copy to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest.

All submitted documents must be ones carrying a photograph, so they can also be used to establish identity. The copy must be fully legible and the photo must be identifiable.

Indicate which document you are referring to:

  • Passport ID page or ID card of EU/EEA/Switzerland which states citizenship
  • Passport ID page (all other citizenships)
  • EU Blue Card
  • EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
  • Type A permit (continuous residence permit in Finland)
  • Type P permit (permanent residence permit in Finland)
  • Type P-EU permit (EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence in Finland)

SAT score report

If you are applying with SAT score, your SAT score must be delivered to TAMK Admissions Office by 10 April 2019. The SAT Test should be taken no later than on the March 2019 test date.

SAT score must arrive to TAMK UAS Admissions Office directly from the College Board. Please fill in the institution code 6960 when you register for SAT.

You can also order score reports at any time after your test through your online account. More information can be found from https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores

TAMK's Bachelor degree: school certificate copies of admitted applicants

All admitted applicants (regardless of the country of the educational background) have to send the school certificate copies to TAMK Admissions Office by 8 July 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest.

This does not concern academic year 2018-2019 graduates, whose final diploma cannot be submitted by the given deadline. These applicants can be given an another deadline by request. However, academic year 2018-2019 graduates have to submit a document from the educational institution/instant in question stating that the applicant has graduated/passed the final exams by 8 July 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest. Student selection is conditional until TAMK has checked the admitted students’ original final school certificates. TAMK may withdraw the admission if you do not deliver the certificates by the deadline or if you have given false information.

If your original degree certificate is in other language than Finnish, Swedish or English, you also have to send a copy of its' certified translation. The translation has to be in Finnish, Swedish or English and it has to include the translator’s signature and stamp.

Admission results and appeals

Results

Results for August 2019 intake will be published on 7 May 2019 at the earliest and on 28 June 2019 at the latest. 

All applicants

  • See their results by logging in to Studyinfo.fi portal
  • Receive an e-mail/a letter stating their result and points 
  • Admitted applicants receive also a notice of admittance by e-mail

Confirm the offered study place in time

Admitted applicants must confirm their study place by 8 July 2019 (3 pm Finnish time) at the latest by logging into Studyinfo.fi portal. If the confirmation has not been done by the set date and time, the applicant will lose the offered study place.

Non-EU/EEA students: To qualify for the Early Bird -scholarship you must have TAMK as your first choice institution in Finland and accept the offered study place within 7 days!

Confirmation of the study place is binding and cannot be altered or cancelled.

If you are later admitted from the waiting list, you have 10 days of time to confirm your study place. Please read your e-mail regularly in order to receive the possible admittance e-mail in time. The final day of admittance is 31 July 2019.

Original certificates

The original certificates will be checked at the beginning of the studies. Student admission is conditional until TAMK has checked the admitted students' original school certificates at the beginning of the studies.

Original certificate delivery instructions are given in the admission letter. TAMK may withdraw the admission if you do not deliver the original certificates by the set date or if you have given false information.

One study place

You can only accept one study place among Bachelor's/Master's degrees in Finland starting during the same academic semester (1 Aug-31 Dec/1 Jan-31 Jul). Although you register as absent or quit your studies, you cannot accept another study place during the same academic semester.

Applicants who are accepted to the degree programme which they placed in highest place in the order of preference on the application form, cannot anymore at confirmation stage choose a study place from lower preference options. 

This is a national policy to ensure that as many applicants as possible get a new study place annually.

Enroll for studies

When accepting the study place, you have to also register as present or absent to your studies at TAMK in Studyinfo.fi portal.

According to Finnish legislations, first-year student may register as absent for the first academic year for the following reasons only:

  1. Finnish military service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
  2. maternity, paternity or parental leave;
  3. the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.

If you register as absent, you must prove the legal grounds for your absence. TAMK requires you to present these documents by 8 July 2019 (3 pm Finnish time). Documents must be delivered to TAMK Admissions Office.

If you register as absent in your first academic year, but fail to deliver sufficient clarification regarding the grounds for your absence within the deadline, you will lose your right to study.

Appeals

If you believe that there has been a mistake in the student selection or the set admission criteria have not been applied correctly, you can submit a written request for rectification of the student selection decision addressed to TAMK Board of Examiners within 14 days after the student selection results have been published.

Always check the admission criteria of the programme first and contact to TAMK Admissions Office before writing the request. If the issue cannot be solved by the admissions officials, you are advised to submit a written request for rectification.

Form and content of request for an administrative review:

The document requesting an administrative review shall indicate the particular decision for which the review is requested, the amendment that is being sought in the review requested and the grounds for requesting the review. (Administrative Procedure Act, Section 49d)

Contact information

TAMK Admissions Office

E-mail: admissions.tamk(at)tuni.fi
Telephone: +358 3 245 2395