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Name of the study programme: International Business
Degree title: Bachelor of Business Administration
Extent of the study programme: 210 cr, 3.5 years
Mode of teaching: Full-time, on Campus
Study places: 20
The BBA Degree Programme at Savonia UAS aims at developing global business experts. You learn to face continuous change in the global business field and 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 for example to small and medium-sized companies going global. When you graduate, you are 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.
Our BBA programme containsÂ Â three alternative minors, which make it possible to start building your own career path. International Sales develops your understanding of sales and purchase processes, customer relationship management, management of global sales teams, and promotion. Our second focus area Design Business challenges you to create new business models and processes in sustainable fashion business, service design, creative leadership, and digital concepting. The third alternative minor Wellness Business makes you an expert in the trends of wellness, health and well-being such as Nature Wellness and Green Care as well as wellness technology and event planning.
Content of Studies:
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.
Structure of Studies:
The degree consists of 210 credits. Each study year equals 60 credits, which requires 1600 hours of your work. Your workload includes lessons, online and independent studies, team work and internship. Participation in research and development activities make up an important part of your studies.
The detailed structure of your studies is as follows:
-Business orientations studies (=basic studies) 60cr
-Professional studies 75cr
-Alternative studies 30cr
The thesis at Savonia is always work related. This gives you a good opportunity to networking with professionals in your field during your studies, and often the thesis turns out to be a starting point for your career.
The thesis emphasises the cooperation between you, working life and the UAS â€“ from choosing the topic to setting the goals and to actually doing it. During the process you show that you are capable of workingÂ independently in recognising, evaluating and solving developmental challenges in working life. Professional reporting and communications skills are required as well.
Your work-related thesis can be:
- a developmental project, which you or your team plan and implement based on the requirements of your client. Examples of such a project include product or service development, work flow development and information material development such as a guide or manual.
- a research-oriented project, where you or your team will perform appropriate research activities in order to shed light to the developmental or problem-solving needs of your client.
- a production, which you or your team plan and implement to show your expertise or artistic talent. The production could be an event, seminar or performance.
- a compiled thesis, where eg projects, researches or scientific articles done during the studies are gathered together and reported as a synthesis.
Your thesis process will be supported by business research studies, thesis seminars and methodology workshops. You can do your thesis independently or in a group.
BBAs will work, among other things, in import-export, international sales and customer care, logistics and other international activities. You will also have the skills and competences needed to become an entrepreneur.
- Export assistant
- Export secretary
- Sales representative
- Sales secretary
- Marketing planner
- Store manager
- Import assistant
- Import secretary
- Product Manager
- Investment Adviser
- Procurement Specialist
- HRM Specialist
- Commercial Agent
- Export Manager
- Import Manager
Our BBA-groups are multinational and â€“cultural by nature, so you will get accustomed to an international work environment from day 1. In addition, the BBA programme itself is designed for internationalisation. Close cooperation with our international partners brings you in contact with people and organisations outside Finland, making it possible for you to compare views, share knowledge and work side by side on projects by using technology-based communication tools as well as meeting in person.
Student exchange is also a natural and recommended part of your second-year studies, and internships (basic and/or professional) could take you anywhere in the world.
Our selection of language studies is substantial,Â complemented by the offerings of University of Eastern Finland. Cross-cultural studies provide a good basis for your personal experiences in all aspects of internationality.
Savonia is active in developing the surrounding community via, among others, student projects, joint research projects and various development programmes. The cooperation with the local working life is highly valued and based on long-term relationships. Also the joint activities with the University of Eastern Finland and Karelia UAS bring a variety of options for our students. International aspects are dealt with in a close network of foreign partner institutions, covering exchange, internships, projects and joint or double degrees.
Our BBA programme is dedicated to helping small and medium-sized businesses in their internationalisation efforts. You will work on various work-related research or developmental projects of SMEs during your studies and gain valuable insight into business world.
Possibilities to continue studies after graduation:
A BBA degree is an internationally recognized and approved qualification. A BBA graduate is eligible to apply to continue theoretical studies at most universities world-wide. Often the following Masterâ€™s degree can be completed in 2 years, depending on the field of study and the student. However, should you wish to continue your studies to the Master level at a university of applied sciences, you will be directed to start your working career to gather 3 years of work experience before entering a Masterâ€™s programme.
Our whole programme is conducted in English apart from mandatory languages courses in Finnish (for foreign students) and in Swedish (for Finnish students). Please note that you are not expected to be perfect when you start your studies â€“ your language skills will improve while doing business studies. The multicultural learning environment with students speaking various languages is the best way of preparing for the challenges of global business life!