Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA Global Business (BBA)

Savonia University of Applied Sciences

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How long you will study
42 months

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EUR 5000 per year

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About Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA Global Business at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

The BBA Programme in International Business at Savonia University of Applied Sciences aims at developing focussed expertise in foreign trade. To reach this goal you will develop knowledge gradually over the years and will gain a profound ability to work within an international working environment. Your future career doesn't necessarily take you abroad as multicultural and multinational workplaces can be found right here in Finland as well.


Our BBA programme contains 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.

Contents of Studies:

Studies at Savonia are practically oriented and versatile. Projects and cooperation with the surrounding community, businesses and institutions as well as foreign partners and fellow students are integrated in the everyday life of our students.

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. This is done by working in cooperation with a local partner organisation. The students will form teams around SMEs, and start getting to know the various phases needed when establishing a business.

The second term in the spring focuses on operating a successful business. You will gain a profound insight into running daily operations of the partner organisation. You will go through team building phases and become familiar with multicultural teams and work methods. You are also expected to apply business knowledge into practice within the partner organisation and to be able to share your understanding to fellow students. At the end of the year, you will have acquired a comprehensive understanding of the everyday business operations as a foundation to develop your international trade expertise.

The second-year studies will focus on the essential internationalisation skills. First, you will learn how to use the tools, such as business research, and will understand the functions of international economics. Second, you will put these skills and understanding into use, again together with local organisations, within the theme of preparing for internationalisation. A real life business internationalisation project dominates the term, supported by studies in business analysis and communication.

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 perceive the evaluation and development of international business. Your management and leadership skills will grow to meet the demands of international trade expertise.


Our BBA-groups are multinational and -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, 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.

Career Possibilities:

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.


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 - 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!

How to Apply

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Savonia UAS is participating the joint application to higher education, application period 1 with 4 Bachelor's Degrees. In joint application you can apply to 6 study programme choices with one application form.

This application period 1 is targeted at international applicants who have completed the upper secondary education outside Finland.

Applicants with education completed in Finland will apply on the joint application period 2 on 14 - 28.3.2018.

Timetable for Admission process 2018

  • Application period is on 9 - 24 January 2018
  • Application form must be filled in at by 24 January 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time.
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  • Copies of qualification certificates (and translations if needed) must arrive at the Admission services by post or as email attachments by 7 February 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. 
  • Studies will start in September 2018.

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Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to tuition fees.

Entry requirements

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

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 and will receive the final degree certificate by 10 July 2018.

In order to prove his / her eligibility to apply, an applicant must submit copies of original final certificate and transcript of records used as the basis for application to Savonia UAS Admission Services by post or as email attachment by 7 February 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time.

If the applicant is graduating during the spring of the application period, he / she must submit a copy of the transcript of records or other certificate to Savonia UAS Admission Services by post or as email attachment by 7 February 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. The transcript of records or other document must state that the applicant is graduating during the spring of the application period and will receive the final certificate / final diploma by 10 July 2018.

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 certificates (and translations if needed) in September when studies begin. If an applicant fails to submit the original certificate by the set date he / she will lose the study place in Savonia UAS.

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