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SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

DEGREE PROGRAMME IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Annual Themes – Study Progress Description

Each study year has its own theme which describes the main focus of the courses.


Year
1st year

S2011 - K2012

Observer of Business Operations

The student
 
- has the basic information needed to understand the fundamental processes of business operations, their impact on society, working life and the internationalisation process. 
- understands the basis of entrepreneurship and the principles of profit making. 
- gains knowledge of the theoretical models applied in business operations. 
- has the necessary computer skills and methodological tools needed for data collection, analysis and reporting.

2nd year

S2012 - K2013

 International Business Operations

The student 
-  is able to outline and evaluate the key patterns and trends in international business activities 
- is able to assess differences between cultures 
- knows the strategies of international marketing

 3rd year

S2013 - K2014
 Applicator of Knowledge

The student
 
- is able to apply knowledge in practice 
- learns to plan research and business activities 
- deepens his/her knowledge of international business
4th year

S2014 

Developer of Business Operations 

The student
 
- is able to develop business activities by implementing the latest findings in the field

Structure of the Programme
Basic Studies 
Basic studies are compulsory studies that must be completed during the first year of study. These courses include basic courses in business activities, operational environments, methodological studies, and communication studies.

Professional Studies 
These courses are carried out from the second year onwards and they include special study modules covering different areas of international business activities. The aim of professional studies is to equip students with both the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to function in international business and marketing arenas. The studies emphasise the framework and strategies of international business, international
marketing, economics, finance, international management and communication skills.

The professional studies also include Further Specialisation Studies. The aim of the module is to deepen and widen the knowledge related to the professional studies. Studies completed during the student exchange should ideally fit into this module.

Free-choice Studies (15 cr)
The studies include a minimum of 15 credits of free-choice studies. The aim of the free-choice studies is to provide the student with the opportunity to deepen and widen knowledge related to one’s own professional field. These can be chosen from the degree programme or from another degree programme in the same UAS or from another UAS, university or elsewhere by prior agreement. The head of degree programme approves optional studies chosen by students.

Practical Training (30 cr)
An essential part of the studies is a five-month-long practical training period, which takes place during the spring semester of the 3rd study year. It is recommended that practical training is accomplished in a foreign country, but it can also be done locally. Before starting practical training the student must have a minimum of 115 credits. The purpose of practical training is to offer students the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired from their professional studies by carrying out practical expert tasks in companies.

Thesis  (15 cr)
The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate the student’s ability to adapt knowledge and skills acquired during professional studies. This can be accomplished in the form of project work, research work or applied research. Preparation of the thesis is accomplished towards the end of the student’s studies; a minimum of 150 credits must be accomplished before starting work on the thesis. It can also be multi-disciplinary. The thesis also includes a maturity test which demonstrates the student’s language skills and how familiar he or she is with the chosen subject of the thesis. Finnish students write the test in Finnish and foreign students in English. The test is taken under supervision with titles provided by the thesis supervisor.

Foreign Studies
For Finnish students it is recommended that the 2nd year autumn semester is spent in a foreign university or university of applied sciences. Foreign students may choose not to go abroad. To apply for foreign studies the student must have achieved a minimum of 45 credits per academic year. In addition it is required that the students have good language skills (good skills in English and at least basics in the target country’s language if possible) and good grades. Students who do not have any international experience will be given first priority when decisions concerning exchange places are made.

Exchange opportunities will be presented in information meetings. More information can also be found from Kajaani UAS’s internet pages. Kajaani UAS’s partner institutions in different countries offer studies in English or in other languages. Each student makes a personal study plan with the school’s international coordinator for the period of foreign studies. Studies completed abroad are approved as part of the degree
programme within either further specialisation studies or free-choice studies.

Language Studies 
The Degree Programme in International Business includes 32 credits of compulsory language study. Language studies should comprise three different languages (Finnish students: English, Swedish and a new language, foreign students: English, Finnish and a new language). English is the language of teaching in the degree programme. However, all students must also acquire a minimum of 12 credits in English language studies. Foreign students must also accomplish 12 credits of Finnish language within their compulsory language studies. All students should have a minimum of 8 credits (5 cr beginners course + 3 cr intermediate/advanced studies) in a third foreign language. Language studies are therefore structured as follows in the Degree Programme in International Business (in English):

 
 Finnish Students  Foreign Students
English 12 cr  
English 12 cr
Finnish 6 cr Finnish 12 cr
Swedish 6 cr
 Foreign Language 8 cr +(5+3)
 Foreign Language 8 cr +(5+3)  

Foreign language courses which can be offered at this level are French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese and German. It is recommended that foreign students concentrate on studying the Finnish language during the first study year and start another new language during the second year.
 
Progress Chart

 1st year •  Business Activities
• Operational Environment
• Methodological Studies
• Communication Studies I
• Personal Development Programme
2nd year
 
• International Business Activities
• Communication Studies II
• Further Specialisation Studies
• Foreign Studies
 3rd year • Further Specialisation Studies
• Free-choice Studies
• Practical Training
• Thesis
 4th year • Thesis and Maturity Test
• Further Specialisation Studies
• Free-choice Studies

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