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Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business

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.

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration

Study type: Blended learning

Duration: 3,5 years, 210 credits

Campus: Campus Allegro, Pietarsaari

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 9500 €

Places: 14

Application period opens: 03.01.2024 at 08:00

Application period closes: 17.01.2024 at 15:00

Studies start in autumn 2024

Teaching language: English

Programme description

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 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. 

The studies are conducted in English in blended learning format, meaning that you will have contact teaching in the classroom, online classes and project work. This means that we have online classes twice a week during daytime, and contact teaching on Campus Allegro in Pietarsaari for one day every two weeks, at the moment. 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. 

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 practical training periods. During the practical training, 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.

Additional information

Studies in this programme are based on blended learning, combining contact teaching in the classroom, online classes and project work. This means that we have online classes twice a week during daytime, and contact teaching on Campus Allegro in Pietarsaari for one day every two weeks, at the moment.

The studies consist of core studies and profiling studies, practical training 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 require full-time engagement.

Core competence 70 ECTS

  • Orientation to studies 
  • Working life skills  
  • Job seeking and employment  
  • Languages and communication  
  • Business Principles 
  • Business Management 
  • Business Processes 
  • Research & Development 
  • Practical training 

Profiling competence 140 ECTS 

  • Creative Marketing
    • Strategic Marketing and Sales 
    • B2B Marketing 
    • Social Media Marketing and e-business 
    • Marketing practices 
  • Global Business
    • Global Business Opportunities & Business Cultures 
    • International Logistics 
    • Practices and Procedures of International Trade 
    • Introduction to ERP 
  • Tourism and Event Management
    • Introduction to Tourism Business 
    • Exhibitions, Fairs and Events 
    • Business And Leisure Tourism 
    • Innovation Management 
  • Practical training 
  • Bachelor’s thesis 

You can find the curriculum here.

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 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 for some company, either as independent or pair work.

The scope of the thesis is 15 ECTS.  

In the online library Theseus www.theseus.fi all the previously completed bachelor’s theses are available for everyone. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Student selection and tuition fees

First joint application 2024

Joint Application period is from 3 to 17 January 2024.

Centria University of Applied Sciences uses the following student selection methods during the first joint application 2024: 

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.

Every applicant must submit a document of the English language skills and a valid identification document on the Studyinfo’s application form. Please check the approved documents at UASinfo.fi.

Language requirements during joint application 2024

In order to be invited to the International UAS Exam and to be selected based on the International UAS Exam selection method, the applicants have to prove their English language skills either by an internationally recognized language test or previous studies. Please, check the accepted documents here.

Identification documents during joint application 2024

The applicant needs a valid, acceptable identification document to be able to participate in the International UAS Exam. Please, check the accepted documents here. (Notice: only a passport is accepted from the applicants outside EU/EEA).

Please notice: the UASinfo.fi -website will be updated before the new year for the 2024 application.

More information about admission criteria on the UASinfo website.

NB. Changes may occur.

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)

SAT application

Applicants who in their past have completed the SAT tests (new version taken after March 2016) can also apply in our SAT application round on 1st November 2023 – 17th January 2024. Please read more information and the admission criteria here.  

Please notice that some applicants are obligated to pay tuition fees. If you are not an EU/EEA- citizen or if you do not have a document that exempts you from paying the tuition fees, you are obliged to pay them.

Please note that Centria UAS uses Flywire to accept payments from international students worldwide. This is the only accepted way to pay the tuition fee. Centria does not approach students with any other payment methods. Please only use the payment link provided in the conditional offer letter.

More information about the tuition fees and scholarships can be found here.

How to apply


Joint application 3.–17.1.2024

While the application is open you can apply to the degree programme in Studyinfo.


Applying with SAT scores

The next application period for degree programmes conducted in English for applicants who in their past have completed the SAT tests (new version taken after March 2016), will be arranged between 1 November 2023 and 17 January 2024.


Applying during transfer application 1.-15.5.2024

It is possible to apply to Centria UAS during the transfer application period if a student wants to transfer from one field of study to another within Centria UAS or a student wants to transfer from another Finnish university of applied sciences to Centria.


Applying with open UAS studies 1.–30.4.2024 and 1.–31.10.2024

Students who have completed studies in the Open University of Applied Sciences (UAS) may use the open UAS pathway to apply for degree student status.


Applying with an incomplete degree 1.–30.4.2024 and 1.–31.10.2024

If you have studied in Centria UAS or in another university in Finland but you have not yet finished your degree, you can re-apply for the same or related degree programme to finish your degree.


Check your eligibility

following education will give applicants eligibility to apply for Bachelor´s programmes:

  • the studies required for graduating from the Finnish upper secondary school or a Matriculation Ex-amination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree;
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;
  • a Reifeprüfung (RP) or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) degree;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification covering 120 credits or 180 competence points or a corresponding earlier Finnish vocational degree covering at least 80 credits;
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification or a further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification;
  • a foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question;
  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree.

Contact us

Do you have questions about studying in the degree programme, studying in Finland or the practicalities of the application process? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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How to reach us

If you want to know more about studies in the programme, you can contact our Education Export team and they will get back to you.

If you have a question about the practical application process, you can contact our Admissions services.

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Student stories

  • – Daniel Keleperas, Opiskelija

    International Business gives opportunities to work in many different fields and to specialize even further.

Are you interested in a career in International Business, in Finland or abroad? Our degree programme gives you the necessary business skills and tools to manage business in intercultural environments.

Sara Åhman, Lecturer (business)

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