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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.
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
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
Notes about fees for this course
EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to tuition fees.
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.
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 :-)
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.
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.
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