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School of Business

Degree Programme in International Business


Objective of the Degree Programme
The objective of the Degree Programme in International Business is to provide both Finnish and international students with a high quality, practically orientated, academic education. The content of the programme has been designed to encourage the development of entrepreneurial skills within the fields of International Business. Upon completion of the required 210 credits within three and a half years, graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).
Learning Environment
The learning environment at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences actively encourages the achievement of the stated objective by providing a: 
  • programme that is both responsive and flexible to the needs of students 
  • programme that is both challenging and supportive to students 
  • truly international atmosphere, achieved through the UAS’s extensive links with partner colleges abroad
  • co-operation with a network of local businesses
  • professional, highly educated staff
Learning Strategies
Because of the nature of the programme, the learning strategies employed to achieve its objectives are varied, depending on the subject they may include: lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, workshops, case study, group work, business projects, study trips, research, video conferencing and lectures given by international lecturers.
The Degree Programme in International Business covers the following six main competences:

International Business Awareness
  • Ability to outline and evaluate the key patterns and trends in international business activity, the different approaches to internationalisation, the influence of increasing globalisation, international trade systems and financial relations and the role of several principal institutions (e.g. WTO, EU, IMF, World Bank) in international business. 
  • Ability to assess the impact of these trends of the international business environment on one’s own activities as well on business policy.

Intercultural Adaptability
  • Ability to assess the differences between national, organisational and occupational cultures and to outline strategies for adapting to these differences in e.g. human resources management, marketing and intercultural communication.
  • Identification of the relevant dimensions of cultures and development of self-awareness of one’s own cultural background.
  • Ability to adapt one’s behaviour to the standards in other cultures and can maintain an international network essential to one’s tasks.


International Operations Management
  • Ability to assess processes and make decisions involved in developing international, i.e. export/import operations, focussing on supply chain management and to explain the meaning and application of key logistical concepts.


International Marketing Management
  • Ability to perform a country-analysis on a macro, industrial and micro level, to conduct an international market survey in order to assess foreign market opportunities and competition.
  • Ability to formulate market-entry strategies, to draft an international marketing plan and to implement, co-ordinate and control the international marketing (and sales) programme and projects. 
  • Ability to create, develop and maintain profitable customer relationships.


International Strategic Management

  • Ability to use conceptual and visionary skills to contribute to the development, evaluation and implementation of the internationalisation strategy of a company.
  • Ability to pro-actively seek and commercially evaluate business opportunities for both new and existing products.
  • Risk-taking ability in order to optimise business profit.
  • Ability to write and defend a business plan for a (start-up) company. 
  • Ability to perform a variety of cost and revenue calculations and to transform these data into information needed for decision making and budgeting process.
  • Ability to contribute to and evaluate key accounting summaries and investment opportunities.


Organisational Development
  • Ability to research and analyse relevant international business problems, to propose policy goals and objectives and to prepare alternative solutions in order to optimise business and human resources processes in order to strengthen the synergy between strategic, structural and cultural aspects of the organisation.