For more information about International Business at Savonia University of Applied Sciences, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award
BBA

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 5000 per year

All study options

About International Business at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

The BBA Programme aims at developing global business experts. You will learn to face the challenges presented by the continuously changing global business environment, and to be sensitive to the requirements set by international partners. As a Savonia BBA you will become especially skilled in the internationalisation process which makes you an asset to small and medium-sized companies going global. When you graduate, you will be able to operate fluently in multicultural teams and guide your team towards objectives. Savonia BBAs work in import-export, international sales and customer care, logistics and other international activities.

Studies at Savonia are practically oriented and versatile. Projects and cooperation with local businesses as well as foreign partners and fellow students are integrated in your everyday life with us.

Each year the studies have two assigned themes. During the first autumn term of the studies you will learn about planning and starting a business. After that the first spring term focuses on operating a successful business. You will gain a profound insight into running daily operations and learn about team building phases and become familiar with multicultural teams and work methods. In the spring you will take part in a trade fair organised by first-year students where you and your team will present your virtual start-up company By the end of the first year you will have acquired a comprehensive understanding of everyday business operations as a foundation to develop your expertise in global business.

The second-year themes shift focus of your studies to the requirements of international operations. You will learn the skills and knowledge needed when starting international business operations such as business research methods and the fundamentals of international economics. You will also learn to analyse target market characteristics from the view point of a local organisation. You will co-operate with local businesses in assignments and projects to support their internationalisation.

During your third year you will focus on adapting business operations to an international environment, and on the challenges organisations face due to differences in conducting business. As skills and understanding grow, you will be able to evaluate and develop global business. Your management and leadership skills will grow to meet the demands companies make on global business experts.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesEUR 5000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

In the first academic year all students who are obligated to pay the tuition fee will get the scholarship, which covers 70% of the tuition fee. In the following academic years the scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee and to qualify for the scholarship Bachelor student must complete at least 55 credits by 31 July.

If you are EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you don’t have to pay the tuition fee.

EU countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

EEA countries:

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Entry requirements

Eligibility to apply for higher education studies can be obtained with:

  • the studies required for graduating from the Finnish upper secondary school or a Matriculation Examination
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree
  • an European Baccalaureate (EB) degree
  • a Reifeprüfung (RP) or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) degree
  • a Finnish basic vocational degree covering 120 credits or a skills score of 180 or a corresponding earlier Finnish vocational degree covering at least 80 credits
  • a Finnish intermediate or higher vocational training degree
  • a Finnish basic vocational degree, another vocational degree or specialised vocational degree in the form of competence-based qualification, or a corresponding earlier degree, or
  • a foreign degree or qualification which gives eligibility for higher education in the awarding country (e.g. a high school diploma, an upper general certificate of education, a higher secondary school certificate).

The qualification must be completed by the end of the application period. This doesn’t apply to those who are graduating during the spring of the application period.

Applicants with an IB, EB or RP/DIA degree must upload to the application form a copy of the degree certificate by 29 January 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. Those who are graduating during the spring of the application period shall submit Predicted Grades or an equivalent interim certificate by 8 April 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. Copy of the final certificate must be submitted by 15 July 2020 at 3 p.m. Finnish time.

Applicants with a degree completed outside of Finland must upload to the application form copies of original final certificate and transcript of records used as the basis for application by 29 January 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time.

If the applicant is graduating during the spring of the application period, he / she must upload to the application form a copy of the transcript of records or other document by 29 January 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. The transcript of records or other document must state that the applicant will complete the degree in spring 2020. If the applicant will be admitted, he / she must submit copy of the final certificate / final diploma by 15 July 2020. If the applicant cannot submit the final certificate / final diploma, he / she must submit other document by 15 July 2020 proving that he / she has completed the degree. The document must also prove when he / she will receive the final certificate.

If the language of the certificate is other than Finnish, Swedish or English, an official translation must also be submitted. The translation must be signed and stamped by the authorized translator.

The admission is conditional until Savonia UAS has checked the applicant’s original final degree certificate / diploma or other documents (and translations if needed) in September when studies begin. If an applicant fails to submit the required document by the set date he / she will lose the study place in Savonia UAS.

Applicants with a refugee / refugee-like situation

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his / her qualification, he / she can still apply to Savonia UAS. The applicant must have an official decision attesting to his / her refugee status, e.g. a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection.

In addition to filling in the online application form during the application period at www.studyinfo.fi an applicant with a refugee / refugee-like situation must upload to the application form a copy of the decision by 29 January 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time.

The admission is conditional until Savonia UAS has checked original document in September when studies begin. If an applicant fails to submit the original document by the set date he / she will lose the study place in Savonia UAS.

What students think about Savonia University of Applied Sciences

    Sudipta Chatterjee-Paukkonen

    Testimonial from Sudipta Chatterjee-Paukkonen, student at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

    At Savonia, if you can dream it, you can do it.

    Yes, I can say it confidently because Savonia did help me achieve my dreams. For any student, local or foreigner, getting a good job after graduating from college is the only dream, especially in the foreign land. At Savonia, I did not just receive great education but also excellent travel and work opportunities. In addition, I found such admirable teachers who were always supportive and helpful in every possible way. I am Sudipta Chatterjee from India and a 2013 Business graduate from Savonia UAS.

    On my graduation, along with my Bachelor’s degree certificate I received an offer to work for Savonia as a project planner. During my work, I was able to utilize my knowledge of international business and communication skills that I gained during my studies at Savonia. The work helped me realize how well I was prepared by Savonia to face the outside world once I graduate. What could have been a better start of a career for a fresher like me?

    Now when I look back, choosing to study at Savonia was the best decision ever. Currently, I work as a student advisor at Savonia and simultaneously pursue Master’s degree in International Business at the University of Eastern Finland, thanks to Savonia now I can handle more than one thing at a time :-)

    Marina Kovalchuk

    Testimonial from Marina Kovalchuk, student at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

    New thinking and unconventional approaches to work have always been my main inspirations in life. When I came from Russia to Kuopio to learn about international business, I had a vision of Savonia UAS as a place where students were taught to be innovative not only in technology but in marketing as well. And I was not mistaken. Studying business at Savonia together with people from different cultures and countries and under the guidance of passionate professionals - our teachers - made me acquainted with the various facets of trade I had never heard about before! We were brought up to be the qualified and open-minded people able to provide smart solutions to the global marketplace; able to facilitate this up-to-date global shift from the economy of extraction to the economy of creation.

    My BBA obtained at Savonia in 2013 encouraged me to go further and develop my career in the challenging field of academic marketing research. Knowledge and skills are important, no doubt. But probably the most crucial lesson I have learnt at Savonia is that your reputation and image of a business person start already at school. Studying is just the imitation of working reality, but your groupmates are the future experts of various industries, and your professional network is actually rooted from these team-work assignments and tasks you accomplish during the studies. Today you are sitting together at the desk struggling with balance sheets, and tomorrow you are changing the world! Thus, I have learnt that being diligent and reliable, co-operative and committed to any work you put your signature under - these are, finally, the requisites of long-term and sustainable success. Since 2014, I am a Master's student at MDP in International Business and Sales Management at University of Eastern Finland.

    Barbara Juhász-Kiss

    Testimonial from Barbara Juhász-Kiss, student at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

    When I visited Finland for the very first time, I was only 22. I had still ongoing university studies in Hungary, I came only for a personal reason and I had no intention to study or apply to the university. But life gave me the opportunity to come back and stay in Kuopio much longer than I supposed to in 2011. I couldn’t find any full time job in Kuopio in English; therefor applying to Savonia University of Applied Sciences seemed to be the best decision. Since I realized this was the best decision of my life.

    I got so much during this 3 and a half year that I couldn’t wish for more: knowledge, friends, personal, professional and cultural opportunities. I got involved actively in Savonia’s student life as an international tutor, I got classmates and friends from all around the world by being student of International Business class. The flat hierarchy of Savonia UAS made the studies easy going and more fun. The expectations were reasonably high but clear and achievable. All Savonia staff was always for the students, always helpful and always flexible.

    If I should highlight one, most memorable thing from Savonia, is our exchange trip opportunity to China. During that one month period I got lifelong friends, experiences and memories that helped to find my place and decide what I want from life.

    Thanks to the study method in Savonia and the mandatory 5 months internship period, in 2013 I had to find a place which personally and professionally also suits my expectations. I got an offer from a Hungarian PR Agency, Open Communications Ltd. to work for them for 5 months as a paid PR trainee. I was actually happy to come home with all my international experience and see how much I can implement my knowledge to real life work here, in my home country. Seems Savonia taught me well as since June 2013 I am working for Open Communications; after the 5 months trainee period they’ve asked me to stay as a full time worker in PR Assistant position. After a year, in 2014, I’ve got promoted to Junior PR Consultant and just a couple of days ago, as another year passed by I’ve got promoted again, so now I am working as a PR Consultant. Most of my projects are related to P&G corporate and brand issues, new product launches, CSR projects, corporate collaborations etc.

    To sum up the years I’ve spent in Savonia and the time since: Savonia is a place of opportunities you just have to find the right one for yourself and seize it.

Ask a question

Ask Savonia University of Applied Sciences for more information by completing this form

Desired Start Year

Your question will be sent directly to Savonia University of Applied Sciences. Your question is subject to the StudyLink terms and conditions. On submitting this form you are consenting to us sharing the information you have supplied with Savonia University of Applied Sciences inline with the StudyLink privacy policy.

Other courses at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

There are 6 other courses listed from Savonia University of Applied Sciences. A selection of these are displayed below:

Photos from Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Videos from Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Location of Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Savonia University of Applied Sciences main campus is shown on the map below:

Read more about studying in Finland