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Degree Programme in International Business

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Basic and Professional Studies
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Business Environment
Business Planning 1 2
Introduction to Marketing 1 2
Introduction to Business Operations and Legal Aspects 3
Introduction to Accounting 2
Introduction to Experience Economy 2
Establishing a New Business
Introduction to Marketing 2 2
Financial Planning 3
Mathematics of Finance 2
Business Planning 2 2
Project Management 2
Towards Profitable Business
Sales and Negotiation Skills 4
International Trade and Contracts 3
Basics of Financial Accounting 2
Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3
International Business and Market Development
Financial Statements 2
Product Costing and Financial Analysis 3
Basics of International Business 3
Global Economics 3
Communication Studies 1
(Select 15 cr)
Information and Communication Technology Skills 3
Organizational Communication 3
Professional Development 4
Finnish as Foreign Language 1 5
Foreign Language 5
Professional Business Toolkit
Business Game 4  
Operations Management 4  
Professional Selling 4  
Introduction to Research Methods and Final Thesis 2    
Research Project in Customer Intelligence 6  
Specialization Modules
(Select 30 cr)
Experience Economy and Tourism Marketing
Experience Economy and Product Development 5  
Tourism Marketing 5  
Sustainable Nature and Event Tourism 5  
Human Resource Management and Leadership
Human Resource Management 5  
Managing Multicultural Organizations 5  
Modern Leadership Skills 5  
Innovation Management and Business Development
(Select 15 cr)
Innovations and Business Management 5  
Consultation Projects, Business Development Focus 10  
Consultation Projects, Entrepreneurship Focus 10  
E-commerce and Platform Economy 5  
Service Design Thinking and Customer Centric Business Development 5  
E-commerce Strategy and Planning 5  
Accounting and Finance
Corporate Finance 4  
Performance Management and Control 5  
Advanced Accounting and Finance 6  
International Brand Management 5  
Strategic Marketing Planning 3  
Marketing in the Digital World 4  
Customer Journey and Marketing Analysis 3  
Supply Chain Management
Transportation Management 6  
Warehouse Management 2  
Emergency Supply Chain Management 2  
Enterprise Resource Planning 5  
Sustainable Entrepreneurship
(Select 15 cr)
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 5  
Go-to-Market Plan 5  
Being a Sustainable Entrepreneur 1  
Sustainable Business Modelling 1  
Measuring the Impact of Your Actions 1  
Self Branding 1  
Modern Digital Marketing 1  
Modern Digital Selling 1  
Student Self-Leadership 1  
Sprint Innovation Festival 2  
Communication Studies 2
(Select 10 cr)
Academic Communication 3  
Business Communication in Finnish 2  
Finnish as a Foreign Language 2 5  
Finnish as a Foreign Language 3 2  
Professional Swedish for Business, Oral 2  
Professional Swedish for Business, Written 3  
Required Exchange Studies Abroad
Required International Study Exchange 25    
Free-Choice Studies
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Project Studies 5    
Conflict Management and Communication 5    
Area Studies 5    
International Business Project 5    
Global Business Trends 5    
Literature Essays 2    
Intercultural Communication 3    
Business Case Consulting Training 5    
Quantitative Methods 3                                                  
Communication and Presentation Skills 3                                                  
Steps in My Career Path 2                                                  
Practical Training
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International Practical Training 30    
Practical Training in Finland 30    
Bachelor's Thesis
Thesis Plan 5      
Implementing Thesis 5      
Reporting Thesis 5      
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The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester

Studies of syllabus is planned so 60 credits are studied in academic year and length of studies is 3,5/4/4,5 years. Planned syllabus may change during studies.

Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA
Scope and duration:
210 ECTS credits, 3,5 years
Head of the International Business Programme:
Dr. Irja Pietilä

The TAMK BBA in International Business is an internationally competitive, full-time Bachelor of Business Administration Programme (BBA), taught in English. It focuses on practical international business skills. The Programme is accredited by the Finnish Ministry of Education and accepts both Finnish and international students.


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 will challenge 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.

TAMK School of Business and Services also provides a strong foundation for further studies in an internationally competitive Master’s Degree in Business Administration Programme.

More detailed descriptions of the TAMK BBA in International Business courses, study methods, and grounds for assessment can be found in the online curriculum of the Programme:
16IB (Curriculum link)


The BBA Degree Programme consists of the following parts:

• Basic and Professional Studies (145 ECTS credit points) including a required International Study 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.

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. A theoretical approach is combined with learning-by-doing. Students learn to apply theory in practice right from the start, as they establish and operate a fictional Practice Enterprise.

Working life skills and competence are developed through the Practice Enterprise, through other modes of learning, and in collaborative learning sessions under the guidance of a team coach. In addition to the supervising work on the Practice Enterprise throughout the first year, the coaches have an on-going role in promoting individual and team learning skills. Within their teams, students learn together and practice their collaboration 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 Specialization

At the end of the first year, the students will start to plan their own career paths. The second year will give the students a deeper insight into the functions of an internationalizing company.
They can choose two specialization modules (each 15 ECTS credit points) out of the following 8 options: Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, E-commerce, and Multicultural Management.

Third Year – Exchange Studies and Practical Training

During the third year, the students (Finnish nationals) 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, students (Finnish nationals) 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.

Fourth Year – Bachelor’s Thesis and Developing Professional Expertise

Ideally, the organization where students did 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.

Free-Choice Studies, 20 ECTS credits points

The TAMK BBA in International Business offers a selection of Free-Choice Studies in English. In addition to that, the yearly selection varies according to themes offered by visiting guest lecturers from partner universities.

International Practical Training, 30 ECTS credit points

The International Practical Training in the TAMK BBA in International Business Programme is done abroad (The Finnish nationals). The 5 month supervised placement gives the BBA students a chance to learn more about their own field of specialization. It is a learning process which is beneficial for the student, the company providing the placement and TAMK School of Business and Services. For the students of other nationalities, study and training periods abroad are highly recommended but not required.

Bachelor's Thesis, 15 ECTS credit points

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 organization's needs. The thesis is written following the practices of scientific reporting and with emphasis on practical solutions for existing problems within the organization 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 organizations. 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.


By studying in TAMK BBA in International Business Programme students learn how to function in business life. Students learn the habit of planning and keeping to schedules, co-operation skills, and the ability to access, evaluate, and deploy useful information. Learning is carried out by using a variety of methods, such as
• contact teaching
• virtual studies
• blended learning
• case studies
• development discussions
• research and development assignments with companies
• intensive programmes with international partner universities
• independent studies
• team-based assignments
• individual company projects
• portfolios
• special theme weeks

Student performance is graded on a scale of 1-5, unless otherwise stated. Setting and reaching personal study goals is the responsibility of each individual student. If a problem should arise with their studies, students can get help from a number of sources; the coaches, teachers, study counselors, final thesis supervisors, study secretaries, student tutors, and the Head of International Business Programme.