Bachelor's degree, full-time studies

Degree Programme in International Business
Bachelor of Business Administration, 210 ECTS

tradenomi (AMK), Bachelor of Business Administration

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Xamk - the students' university of applied sciences

The high-quality, contemporary education offered at Xamk is implemented in close cooperation with the working life. Worklife-oriented education enhances your skills of lifelong learning and you are given the competences required in developing society and the working life. You can study during weekdays (weekday-based study path) or speed up your studies by taking weekend courses or online courses (time-saving path). You can integrate on-the-job learning in your studies (work-integrated path) and also include courses that the other degree programmes on all Xamk campuses have to offer. The core competences of your degree also include entrepreneurship, digital technology and Russia studies. Personal guidance to support your studies and health care services are available on all campuses.

Employment and career opportunities

When you study for a business administration degree in International Business, you will acquire wide-ranging international business competence, giving you preparedness for many kinds of tasks in enterprises and in public sector organizations both in Finland and in other countries.

You can continue your studies in Finland at master level in the universities of applied sciences or in the science universities. You are eligible to apply directly to some master level studies (Master of Economic Science and Master of Administrative Sciences) in Finland and to master level studies offered by foreign universities.

You can continue to educate yourself in your own field of studies or in different field of studies by taking courses from Open University of Applied Sciences or from Open University without applying to become a degree student. Later on you can apply to become a degree student, if you are interested.

Curriculum objectives

The aim of the Xamk curriculum is to guarantee that you have the updated know-how required in working life. Student-centered learning, quality, consideration of the needs of working life and flexibility are crucial aspects of the curriculum.

The core of the competence-based curriculum is the structure of degree studies which enables personal choices to build your own career path. The year-round availability of courses, online studies and integration of work and study allow a smooth progress of your studies.

Bachelor's degrees are based on the EQF (European Qualification Framework) and the NQF (National Qualifications Framework) learning outcomes (knowledge, skills, qualifications). The degree structure and qualifications comply with the objectives of the Government Regulation 546/2013.

Degree programme learning outcomes

Competence offered by our Degree Programme in International Business meets the requirements of today’s business life. The goal of the programme is the professional growth of the student into an international business expert, who is actively involved in the development of working life. Wide-ranging competence in international business is based on the foundation of marketing, financial management, logistics, human resources management, IT-technology as well as law. Communication and team working skills required by the multi-cultural environment are also emphasized.

You will develop your research and development skills by writing a thesis, which is often commissioned by a company. You have good know-how in your own field and transferable skills for creatively applying them to problems related to your work. Through your practical training in the working life, you are able to apply your know-how and learn new.

You understand the ethical basis in your professional field and you are able to make independent decisions and in addition – you can evaluate your own professional activities. You also have transferable skills to develop your competencies and you understand the meaning of life-long learning in the society.

During your studies in the Degree Programme in International Business, you may deepen your competence by choosing one of the two study paths: International Marketing or Global Supply Chain Management. Your study portfolio can also be broadened by free choice studies.

The common emphasis of the degree programmes in South-Eastern University of Applied Sciences is related to three subjects – entrepreneurship, digitalization and Russia studies. You can find elements of these areas in your compulsory studies. Optional languages and leadership skills as well as managerial work oriented courses support your compulsory studies. You are able to get familiar with entrepreneurship by participating in many events arranged at the campus or elsewhere.

Your professional growth develops when the elements of the competence (know-how, skill, attitude) are deepened during studying. During the first year you get familiar with different sub-areas of business and administration. In the second year you become more trained with business principles globally and you deepen your competence in one area of your advanced study path. During the last terms of your studies you learn how to develop and research working life.

Degree studies

The Degree Programme in International Business is completely taught in English. You will study in a multicultural student group with Finnish and foreign lecturers.

Intensive collaboration with working life is essential part of every degree programme. The connection between the studies and work is possible on different levels and ways. Beside the traditional practical training and thesis, you can do different kinds of projects linked to working life. These projects are possible to conduct with the study colleages of your own study field or from other study fields. Several research, development and innovation projects offer you possibilities to connect your studies and tasks offered by working life. You can also utilise your own workplace in your studies, if it is from your study field.

The curriculum of the Degree programme in International Business is created in close co-operation with the working life representatives and students. Leaning is based on the award winning LCCE model of studies which goes beyond the traditional classroom and in which you work in close co-operation with companies in real world situations. This also provides you with the networking opportunities to be in touch with companies after graduation.

Teaching and studying methods used in the degree programme are versatile. You will learn in a dynamic way through integrated co-teaching and intensive contact sessions. Modern technology enables combining face-to-face learning with online learning. Lecturers guide your learning either

separately or alongside with other teachers. Furthermore, the alternative ways of implementing the courses are emphasized.

As an international business student, you are responsible for your own learning and its systematic development. You are an active student, willing to acquire new knowledge and to practice skills required in your future employment. You are able to work independently but you can also interact with other students, teachers and interest groups in a professional way. You follow the Xamk guidelines and schedules, and you can receive and give feedback. The feedback given from the courses, your own activities and cooperation of student groups is highly appreciated in order to develop the education and your own progress as a student. Receiving feedback is one general part of the learning process and you receive feedback on a regular basis during the studies from courses as well as from real life projects, practical training and thesis.


The aim of the assessment is to support and make your learning visible. The assessment focus on development of knowledge, skills and competences. These are defined in European and national framework (EQF and NQF). Xamk has an application of EQF and NQF (assessment guidelines for students' know-how and skills (bachelor's level)), which is used in evaluation of your studies. Study courses are assessed with scale Fail/1 – 5, accepted level is grade 1. In some special courses, Pass/To be supplemented assessment scale may be applied.

The module assessment is conducted through qualitative methods. Your assessment methods can be for example self-assessment, peer-assessment or assessment discussion led by the teacher. Modules are not assessed with grades, and the aim of the evaluation is to help you to figure the comprehensive development of you competencies.

Student counseling

Student counseling supports your professional growth in acquiring the skills necessary in the working life. The counselling supports you at the different stages of your studies and improves your individual and independent learning skills. You are encouraged to make responsible and independent decisions in your studies.

Your personal study and career plans are build on the objectives of the degree programme and on the knowledge and skills acquired in the past. You will evaluate your progress and update your personal study plan at counselling meetings that take place at least once a year. In these meetings, your career plan, course options, practical raining, thesis and international studies are discussed.

You do not need to study again what you already know. In order to save time, you can demonstrate and get a recognition for the previously acquired skills, allowing you to focus on learning new skills and gaining new knowledge from your studies. Prior learning is valuable and can be made visible through the recognition process. You can apply for the recognition process if you have acquired degree-related competence in other educational institutions. If you have acquired degree-related competence at work or in your free time, you can apply for a proficiency test. It is essential that the previously acquired skills meet the aims of the degree programme and the particular course. Work experience gained during studies can also produce relevant learning. This learning can be integrated into your studies (formalisation of learning at work) provided that you have made an appropriate plan and agreed on the integration in advance. In this way, work practice and theoretical knowledge interact.

A course called Professional Growth supports your studies allowing you to discuss and reflect on the goals and progression of your studies and grow professionally by interacting with other students and teachers. Partners from the working life have a significant role to play as part of the studies are implemented by means of co-operation projects, practical training and thesis writing.

At the early stages of your studies you will be guided by tutor students. These senior students will familiarise you with the study facilities, practices and student community at Xamk and show you around the city where you are studying.

Your well-being is very important for all of us. During your studies, you have the support of the entire Xamk staff. There is a student affairs office and student health care on all Xamk campuses. Xamk is a comfortable, communal and safe educational environment.

Learning environments

Xamk offers excellent environments for your learning. Significant part of studying happens ouside the classroom. Innovation- and project environments (e.g. Xinno, Xentre, CampusIT and Logistiikkaverstas), different kinds of simulation environments and teaching restaurants, eLearning environments and working life and RDI –projects are your learning environments. You can also conduct your studies in two authentic local environments: in the forest and at the sea.

You can study either on campus where the modern premises are designed especially for learning, on-line or outside the campus in different companies and organizations where students, teachers and company representatives co-operate. This way of learning gives you good know-how on working life and its possibilities around you. It makes it easier to get a proper job for practical training and an interesting thesis topic. Practical training is an important learning environment.

International weeks and different fairs organized on campus also create an interesting learning environment. These events, student activities (tutoring and student club activity) and workgroups (for developing campus environment etc.) offer a wide-ranging way to develop your competence.

RDI projects (research, development and innovation projects) are large projects which include also external financing. It is possible for you to participate in them through a course, as a trainee or as a project assistant writing a thesis. These projects can focus e.g. on large-scale customer research, development work for the local area or national education development.

All the courses – notwithstanding the way of execution – use the systems of e-Campus (e.g. virtual learning environment Moodle). Doing group work and sharing documents is smooth. Also special systems and digital environments (e-books, databases, office tools, financial management systems, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems, business games and research work programs) required by different courses are widely available. Network tools, student intra called Student and social media channels increase wide-ranging and quick ways of communication and co-operation.

International perspective

Students studying in Xamk have good internationalisation opportunities. Students have a possibility to study abroad in a partner institution or do a practical training in a company/ organization or have them both. The length of the student exchange is often one academic period, during the second or third year of the studies depending on the degree programme. The aim of the student exchange is to improve students’ abilities to work in ever increasing international working life and to find employment after graduation. Student exchange is essential to the activities of a high-quality educational institution, promoting the students’ professional growth and expertise. Alongside interesting courses, spending time abroad also provides new experiences, helps make new friends, improves language skills and increases confidence. Xamk has a wide network of international partners. There are over 300 partners in about 40 countries. It is possible to apply for student exchange in every degree programme.

Xamk has five degree programmes implemented entirely in English on Bachelor level: International Business, Business Management, Information Technology, Environmental Engineering and Game Design.

Due to the cultural and linguistic mixture of lecturers and students you are able to learn how to work in a truly multicultural environment already during your studies. Visiting lecturers and numerous exchange students from our partner universities diversify the study environment even further and reinforce the international perspective to your studies. Through our international co-operation you have possibilities to take short intensive study weeks or participate in a study trip abroad.

The compulsory practical training in the programme can be carried out either in Finland or in any other country. You may also apply to an international exchange study period which supports your career path in one of our partner universities. Business department has partner universities, for example, in Ireland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, China, Spain, Russia and Hungary.

Quality evaluation and development

Quality is valued at Xamk, and the staff and all students are involved in the development process. The focus is on constantly improving the quality of teaching and councelling, keeping the learning environments interesting and the content of degree programmes relevant.

We collect a significant part of the feedback data used in the development processes with surveys targeted at our students, our staff and interest groups. As a student, you play an essential role in the development of your degree programme. During your studies, you respond to several surveys. The course feedback, both mid-term and end-term, is a part of the Quality Management System as well as the preliminary survey upon admission and the education development survey and the graduation feedback questionnaire at the end of the studies.

The staff and the students discuss the feedback on different feedback forums, where they can agree on new actions and discuss the impact of earlier development measures. These forums serve as a means to voice the students’ opinions about Xamk operations and plans for development.

You can find more information about the evaluation and development of quality on the students’ intranet, Student.