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International Business
Tutkinto: Bachelor of Business Administration
Opintomuoto: Monimuotototeutus
Opintojen laajuus: 3,5 vuotta, 210 opintopistettä
Kampus: Campus Allegro, Pietarsaari
Aloituspaikat: 17
Haku alkaa: 5.1.2022
Haku päättyy: 19.1.2022
Haku päättyy 19.1.2022 klo 15.00.

The Bachelor’s degree programme in International Business at Centria UAS provides our students with a strong base of business skills and tools to manage businesses in intercultural environments. The curriculum is designed to provide the skills and expertise versatilely for the business field. If you are interested in working for an international company or in international positions and business environments, this degree programme is aimed at you.



The BBA studies at Centria UAS are practically oriented, and we will start from the basics, which means that you don’t need any previous business studies or work experience. You will study many business-related subjects, such as economics, business law, accounting and marketing, sales and customer service. You will also study languages and communication to ensure you have sufficient language skills to work in international positions. You will get to know business processes that include subjects about starting your foreign trade and planning and launching new businesses. Your studies include courses in human resources management, strategic management and environmental management. You will also study research and development related subjects to support you in the thesis project that you will do during your last study year. You can also join different research and development projects and other customer projects, in which you can practice the skills you have learned during your studies. You will deepen your knowledge in the profiling studies, which consists of three study modules: Creative Marketing, Global Business and Tourism and Event Management. In these studies, you will concentrate on various interesting subjects, such as B2B marketing and social media and e-commerce marketing, international logistics and exhibitions, events and fairs – only to mention a few examples. 

Centria co-operates very closely with the working life. Experts visit our lectures, and we also make company visits to the companies in our area. You can participate in some interesting real-life projects. These projects are an excellent opportunity to show your know-how and perhaps get a summer job in one of the companies. The studies also include work placement periods. During the work placement, you can practice your skills in an actual work environment and also get to know potential employers.

A bachelor’s degree in international business gives you the readiness to work in various positions. The majority of our alumni work in private companies. There is a demand for international business experts also in the public sector. In the future, you can work in sales or marketing, in development management or financial management, to mention a few possibilities. Some of our students have also set up a company, and they work as entrepreneurs. Lots of opportunities are available to international business professionals.


Structure of Studies

The degree programme in international business is conducted in English as part-time studies. The studies consist of core studies and profiling studies, work placement and a thesis project. The scope of the degree programme is 210 ECTS, and it will take around 3,5 years to finish your studies.

The studies are organized in blended mode, which means you will have contact teaching in the classroom, online classes and project work. The contact teaching will be arranged on Campus Allegro in Pietarsaari twice a week during the daytime. The studies require independent work, as well. However, you will also work in groups on different projects and assignments while practising your communication and teamwork skills. All the studies are organized in a multicultural environment since our students represent over 40 nationalities.

The thesis is a practical planning project, development project or research project. The thesis project aims to prove that you command the theories and processes related to the field of the business and can adapt them in practice. The thesis project will deepen your professional know-how and give you versatile readiness to operate in the different tasks of management, marketing or financial management. The thesis project is often done as an assignment to some company as either independent or pair work.


Work possibilities

The Bachelors of Business Administration have versatile employment opportunities. The graduates can work in many different positions in sales and marketing, development, financial management and general administration. Some of the Bachelors of Business Administration work as entrepreneurs.

In the future, your potential occupational titles can be

  • export or import manager,
  • sales representative,
  • marketing manager,
  • key accountant,
  • office manager,
  • project manager,
  • purchasing manager,
  • CEO,
  • financial manager,
  • human resource manager and
  • entrepreneur.


International Centria

Centria has about 130 partner universities around the world, and you can spend a semester or a whole academic year in one of our partner universities. Centria offers three business-related bachelor’s programmes in English, and you are free to choose courses from all of the programmes according to your motivation. You can also do work placements abroad or at an international company in Finland.

You can integrate your studies at Centria with a business degree in our specific university partners in France and China by spending one year in one of those universities. You will receive two international degrees through one programme, which is a real opportunity for you. This possibility is worth taking – especially if you want to strengthen your language skills and get international experience.

The different internationalisation possibilities offered by our school are worth benefitting from because many companies appreciate good language and communication skills and international experience.


Postgraduate studies

After you have completed your bachelor’s degree and you have gained at least two years of work experience, you can apply to master’s degree programmes at Centria UAS. Centria offers several master’s programmes in business management in Finnish and English. You can also continue your studies at a university in Finland or abroad.

How to apply?

Spring 2022 First Joint Application Round

The next application period for degree programmes conducted in English will be arranged between 5 January and 19 January 2022. The offered programmes and more information about them can be found here (English page) or here (Finnish page). The application period will end on 19 January 2022 at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2).

For applicants accepted in this application round, the studies are set to begin in August 2022.

More information concerning the application process for applicants applying with a qualification completed outside Finland can be found here.

 Application link

Behind the link, choose Joint application. 

Selection methods in Joint Application


Centria University of Applied Sciences uses the following student selection methods during the first joint application 2022: 

International University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Exam: 75% of study places

Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, IB, EB, RP/DIA): 25% of study places


International University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Exam

International UAS Exam is a joint digital entrance exam of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), used for selecting students to English-conducted study programmes leading to a Bachelor's degree.

The entrance examination assesses the applicants’ abilities to study at UAS. The entrance examination does not contain any pre-reading materials or pre-tasks.

The entrance exam consists of two phases organized remotely online:

First phase: written examination

Second phase: group interview

Please read more information about the selection methods on the UASinfo website.


Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, IB, EB, RP/DIA)

It’s possible to be selected through certificate-based student selection if you have: 

  • A minimum grade C in advanced English (degree programmes in the field of business and engineering)
  • A minimum grade C in advanced English and basic syllabus grade C or advanced syllabus grade A in Mathematics (degree programmes in the field of engineering)


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International Business

Utbildningsprogrammet inom Internationell handel erbjuder studerande en omfattande baskunskap inom företagsekonomi och arbetsredskap att klara av företagsekonomiska frågor i internationella och –kulturella sammanhang. Läroplanen är uppbyggd så att de studerande förses med en diger sakkunskap och behärskar en mångfald av färdigheter inom företagsekonomi och handel. Studerande lär sig grunda, driva och upprätthålla egna företag eller också kan de välja att vidareutveckla sina professionella färdigheter vid något lokalt, nationellt eller internationellt företag, i Finland eller utomlands. För att upprätthålla sitt professionella kunnande behöver de studerande också lära sig att anpassa sig till och klara av de ständigt föränderliga förhållandena inom arbetslivet som råder idag.

Utbildningsprogrammet inom internationell handel erbjuder de studerande goda möjligheter att redan under studietiden vänja sig vid en multikulturell arbetsmiljö, då studerandegruppen består av studeranden från många olika länder och med olika bakgrunder. Studierna inom utbildningsprogrammet för internationell handel förverkligas i form av flerformsstudier, vilket i praktiken innebär en kombination av närstudiedagar, nätundervisning samt projektarbeten. Studiespråket är engelska och närstudierna förverkligas vid yrkeshögskolan Centrias studieenhet i Jakobstad, i Campus Allegro.

Examensbenämningen för den här yrkeshögskoleutbildningen är Bachelor of Business Administration. Utbildningsprogrammet omfattar 210 studiepoäng och studietiden är cirka 3,5 år.  Examensstrukturen är uppbyggd av grundstudier (75 sp), ämnesstudier (75 sp), fritt valbara studier (15 sp), praktik (30 sp) och examensarbete (15 sp).

Under grundstudierna får de studerande grundläggande färdigheter inom företagsekonomi, så som kunskap inom MS Office, företagsekonomi och matematik samt projektledning. Inom grundstudierna hör också kunskap om företagsledning, där studieperioden som bl.a. företagsadministration, marknadsföring, bokföring, handel- och affärsrätt samt utrikeshandel ingår. Också språkstudier och färdigheter inom kommunikation inleds under grundstudierna.

Ämnesstudierna inom utbildningsprogrammet för internationell handel innefattar tre studiemoduler och omfattar totalt 75 studiepoäng. Målsättningen under ämnesstudierna är att fördjupa de studerandes företagsekonomiska kunskaper och professionella kunnande. Inom studiemodulerna under ämnesstudierna ingår bl.a. studieperioder, så som kreativ marknadsföring, internationell handel och turism samt event management.

De fritt valbara studierna stöder de studerandes professionella inriktning och med hjälp av dem har de även möjlighet att ta del av hela yrkeshögskolans studieutbud och därmed komplettera sin individuella studieplan enligt egna önskemål och målsättningar.

Arbetspraktik ger de studerande möjligheter att i praktiken tillämpa sina kunskaper i arbetslivet samt utvecklar de studerandes yrkesskicklighet inom sitt arbetsområde.

I slutskedet av studierna genomför de studerande ett mera omfattande arbete, ett så kallat examensarbete, oftast på begäran av eller i samarbete med en uppdragsgivare (ett företag eller en organisation). Det kan t.ex. handla om något forsknings- eller utvecklingsprojekt.  Man kan bekanta sig med examensarbeten på www.theseus.fi.

Utbildningsprogrammet inom internationell handel förser de studerande med ett brett allmänt kunnande inom företagsekonomi samt företagsekonomiska metoder och arbetssätt. Studierna utvecklar också de studerandes förmåga att tillämpa sina kunskaper i arbetslivet. Tyngdpunkten i utbildningsprogrammet ligger på det yrkesmässiga kunnandet samt förmågan att utvecklas på ett mångsidigt sätt, och i centrum för det här står sociala kompetenser och kommunikation. Målsättningen är att utveckla de studerandes professionella yrkeskunskap och att de kan utveckla de personlighetsmässiga och sociala kompetenser som behövs för att fungera inom en internationell arbetsmiljö.


Så här söker du

När ansökningstiden startar kan du ansöka till utbildningsprogrammet via www.studieinfo.fi.

Du hittar Centrias utbildningsprogram genom att avgränsa sökningen med sökordet ”Centria” samt ”ansökningstiden pågår”. Kom ihåg att ta bort avgränsningen för undervisningsspråk så att du även hittar resultat för utbildningsprogram på engelska.


Information om utbildningen

För mera information om utbildningen kontakta: 
lektor Sara Åhman 
tel. 040 729 9973 

More information about studying or applying

Information about the degree programme

lehtori Sara Åhman
p. 040 729 9973

Information about applying

p. 044 725 0081 

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