Time: Beginning of January 2021–31 December 2021 (the exact starting date will be informed later)
Place: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk), Kouvola campus, Paraatikenttä 7, Kouvola
Extent: 30 ECTS credits
Prior degree:  In order to enrol on this path you have to have a Bachelor's degree in business management or a similar Bachelor level degree.

Credited in degree: Master of Business Administration, International Business Management
Enrolment period: 1st – 7th of December 2020, the enrolment is binding. The enrolment form will open 1st of December at 9 am Finnish time.
Price: Xamk Open UAS courses in English are free of charge till 31 December 2021.
Number of study places: 2

Please notice, that these studies are not for Xamk degree students.


The International Business Management (IBM) studies focus on the aspects of international business which are of vital importance for the international strategic management and growth of companies. We offer students the possibility to exchange studies with our numerous partner institutions.

Contents and methods:
The contents of these studies are in accordance with Xamk University of Applied Sciences Master of Business Administration (International Business Management) degree programme and the language of instruction is English. The studies are carried out as part-time studies in the group of degree students. Studies use blended-learning methods including lectures, online studies, and project-based learning.

Core competence courses are the following:

  • Business process development
  • Sustainable growth
  • Marketing management
  • Cross-border management
  • Supply chain management and smart logistics
  • Innovation management in business
  • Customer intelligence
  • Strategic business game

Core competence courses aim to provide you with knowledge and skills to utilize and integrate different kind of business information to plan, implement and develop managerial interventions for the organization. The theoretical models and methods of the international business management are essential part of the core competences. One course covers 5 ECTS credits.

Complementary competence studies enable you to specialise and deepen your studies according to your own interests and needs. You can include 20 ECTS credits of free choice Master School studies into your diploma. The studies are categorized under the following themes:

  • Research and development
  • Management, leadership and entrepreneurship
  • International working environments
  • Digital services, information and networks

There are on average three contact days per month, normally held during weekdays, typically Thursdays and Fridays at 9-16:15. Most of the studies will be completed online individually or in small teams. Your progress is supported by online study counseling.

Information regarding studies
Dr. Mikhail Nemilentsev, mikhail.nemilentsev@xamk.fi.

Information on degree studies in International Business Management

Link to the curriculum

BYOD – Bring your own device
The BYOD policy demands students bring their own devices, i.e. laptops, to campus. Read more here.

Additional information:
You should bring the following documents with you on the first day of studies:
– passport/residence permit or official Finnish ID
– certificate of physical examination (students from outside Finland only). This means that student should have a health examination done by a medical professional (nurse or doctor) who fills in the certificate. The certificate gives Xamk school nurses basic information about your health, in case you need to use their services during your studies.

Enrolment and cancellation:
Enrolment in path studies is binding. Open study path students are taken in enrolment order. If you enroll on several open paths, the primary path is the one you enrolled in first.

If you cannot participate in the path you have already enrolled in, please let us know as soon as possible by email openstudies@xamk.fi. Enrolment can be canceled till 13th of December 2020.

Open path studies are not intended for degree students of Xamk.

Study grants
Studying in the Open UAS does not entitle you to a study grant or other student benefits or discounts. In case you intend to study unemployed, please contact your local employment office (TE-toimisto) before you begin your studies. If your employer has granted you at least two months of uninterrupted study leave, you can apply for a full adult education allowance from Employment Fund.

Residence permit
If you are not a citizen of Finland, it is possible that you have to have a valid residence permit in order to study in the Open UAS. You cannot get a residence permit based on of Open UAS studies.  More info here.

From path to degree
You can apply in joint application period for Master of Business Administration, International Business Management degree programme during your open path studies, if you qualify the admission criteria. More information here.

It is also possible to apply for a degree student without a formal qualification at separate admission organized by Xamk. This is possible after you have completed 30 credits at Xamk. More information here. The credits you have completed will be recognized as a part of your degree. Please notice, that if you are admitted as a degree student, the tuition fee for students outside of the EU/EEA is 6000 euros / academic year. More information on tuition fee here.

Additional information about the enrolment
The office of Xamk Open University of Applied Sciences, email openstudies@xamk.fi.

OUAS reserves the right to make changes.