Full-time studies

  • study places 80
  • location Kouvola, Finland
  • duration of studies 3,5 years
  • next application period is not available
  • Tuition fees for students from outside the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland is 10 700 euros/academic year. Scholarship scheme and further information www.xamk.fi/tuition-fees

Ready to challenge yourself in digital international business?

 Are you Finnish and want to study in English in an international group of Finnish and non-Finnish students? Are you from outside Finland and would like to study in a rich and rewarding international environment?  Are you ready to challenge yourself in digital international business? 

You will graduate from the Digital International Business Degree Programme for challenging international business, marketing and commerce careers. The programme, taught in English for both Finnish and non-Finnish students, will help you become an international professional able to communicate with people from various cultural backgrounds and take an active part in developing the world of work.

You study and learn in a truly international environment, as our lecturers and students come from over 30 different countries. The mixture of cultural and linguistic backgrounds brings your multi-cultural teamwork skills to a new level, deepening your understanding of practices in global companies. At the same time, you improve your English skills in realistic situations and in preparation for future careers.

We have a long tradition in teaching international business as well as teaching in English. At the same time, Finnish students will learn the necessary level of business communication in Finnish and Swedish according to the degree requirements, and that needed for certain employment positions, e.g. government posts. Non-Finnish students will also learn to communicate in Finnish and can progress to a business level in the language. 

Studying is implemented in close cooperation with businesses, based on our award winning LCCE model which goes beyond the traditional classroom. As part of this method, you will work directly with companies in real-world projects as well as international RDI projects during your studies. This unique method also provides you with the networking opportunities to be in touch with companies to seamlessly step straight from your study path to your career path. 

In addition to courses offered by Xamk, you can also make use of the versatile study opportunities offered by our international partner institutions. With some institutions, you can even complete a double degree. 

Practical training during studies gives you hands-on experience in the real business world. The great thing about practical training is that you can complete it anywhere in the world. 

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Structure of studies

The degree programme, completely taught in English, is organised on a full-time basis, taking approximately 3.5 years to complete, and is aimed at Finnish and non-Finnish students. With hard work and determination, many of our students have managed to complete the degree in just 3 years. In addition, previous university level studies can be taken into account, which enables you to complete your degree sooner. 

Our Digital International Business programme provides you with a strong foundation in international business operations.  

Structure of Digital International Business Degree Programme: 

  • Core competence 150 ECTS credits, including core competences, basic and professional practical training and bachelor’s thesis; 
  • Complementary competence 60 ECTS credits, which includes advanced studies in digital business (45 ECTS credits) and free-choice studies (15 ECTS credits). 

After completing your core studies: 

  • you know the various functions of the company and can make informed decisions 
  • you can analyse changes in the business environment and its impact on the company’s international digital operations 
  • you know how to use information technology as a tool for decision making 
  • you know how to do research and use it to support your business. 

After completing complementary studies: 

  • you know how to manage the various processes of digital marketing and sales in international business 
  • you know the different digital business models of your business 
  • you can analyse the impact of blockchain technology and platform economy on company development 
  • you can lead product development and innovation activities of an international company 
  • you know how to manage the strategic and innovation processes in international business. 

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

According to  Xamks BYOD policy, students must bring and use their own devices on campus.  Read more.

Cooperation with the working world is an important part of our studies. Learning takes place in practical projects, and the entrepreneurial approach is included in the teaching methods and course content. Projects with companies and other organisations allow you to work with working world representatives and teachers. 

Optional studies offer you a good opportunity to study an advanced field of your choice. Optional language studies, as well as managerial and leadership studies, are very supportive of your compulsory studies. 

You will study mainly on Kouvola campus – where the modern premises are designed especially for learning – and sometimes online, or outside the campus in different companies and organisations where students, teachers and company representatives cooperate.  

The studies are implemented in a practical way, and you acquire work experience already during your studies. You become familiar with different companies through projects, various events, practical training periods and your thesis. At the same time, you create networks that will be useful for you after graduation.

Widen your perspective

Xamk offers its students the chance to continue their postgraduate degree education into a Master’s Degree programme at the prestigious Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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Career opportunities

The challenges and opportunities in the global marketplace have never been so exciting. Our tech-savvy BBA graduates with entrepreneurial approach qualify for expert and managerial positions requiring competence in international business both in Finland and abroad.

The programme also gives knowledge and skills to become an entrepreneur. 

Our graduates have found their career in the following positions:

  • Accounting Assistant 
  • Area Export Managers 
  • Business Controller 
  • Digital Business Expert 
  • Digital and Social Media Influencer 
  • Digital Key Account Managers 
  • Digital Marketer 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Marketing Assistant 
  • Marketing Planners 
  • Market Supervisors 
  • Product Manager 
  • Regional manager 
  • Sales Coordinators 

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Degree Programme Coordinator
Maria Kangasniemi-Haapala
tel. +358 40 162 8864

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