• Application Deadline
  • 42 months
The Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business Degree Programme at Savonia University of Applied Sciences aims at developing global business experts. We will not bury you in dusty archives; instead we dare you to become a doer and learn the ropes of business hands-on. Together with your fellow students, teachers and companies from all over the world.


As a Savonia International Business BBA you will become especially skilled in the internationalisation process which makes you an asset to for example any small and medium-sized company aspiring to go global. As a graduate you will feel at home in multicultural teams and have a hands-on approach to your teams success. Our BBA's work in import-export, international sales and customer relations, logistics and other international activities.


Savonia University of Applied Sciences's Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business programme core deals with global business and getting it done. As a bonus - or 3 in fact - it contains three alternative minors, which enable you to aim towards your future interests. International Sales develops your understanding of sales and purchase processes, customer relationship management, management of global sales teams, and promotion. Our second focus area Design Business challenges you to create new business models and processes in sustainable fashion business, service design, creative leadership, and digital concepting. The third alternative minor Wellness Business makes you an expert in the trends of wellness, health and well-being such as Nature Wellness and Green Care as well as wellness technology and event planning. Be it fashion or green care, the business point-of-view of sustainability is never forgotten.

Career possibilities:

BBAs will work, among other things, in import-export, international sales and customer care, logistics and other international activities. You will also have the skills and competences needed to become an entrepreneur.

  • Export assistant
  • Export secretary
  • Sales representative
  • Sales secretary
  • Marketing planner
  • Store manager
  • Import assistant
  • Import secretary
  • Product Manager
  • Investment Adviser
  • Procurement Specialist
  • HRM Specialist
  • Commercial Agent
  • Export Manager
  • Import Manager


All Savonia programmes have been accredited by FINEEC. Savonia was also the 1st UAS in Finland to be rewarded for excellence by EFQM.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 42 months
    • Duration description
      All of the courses on campus will be organised during 3 years. The final half-a-year is reserved for finalising your internships and thesis. On campus or out.
  • Credits
    210 ECTS
    The whole programme is 210ECTS, of which 60 is basic studies (first year), 75ECTS are professional, field-specific studies and 30ECST electives that you will choose to meet your interests. Then 30ECTS is covered by Internship and the degree is finalised with 15ECTS from your Thesis.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The first year of studies aims at providing you with the essential basic business skills. The things you need to know how to do no matter where you work. How to put a price on a product and so on.

Second year shifts the focus towards internationalisation. Again, what must you be able to deal with when doing business globally. Like the practicalities of customs and delivery terms and such.

Third year will then change the point-of-view to that of the managerial side. You know, planning and managing the whole package, people, supply chain and all.

Thesis and internship are meant for your personal professional growth. You can choose the topics of those so that they support your future goals. If it is logistics, then you do them both on logistics. If it is business in Spain, then you choose topics dealing with Spain. You're the best expert on your life, and you choose the direction.

For further info please come and visit our website.


The BBA-team in charge of the programme is multicultural, multi-talented and multi-experienced. All of our lecturers have done the job themselves before becoming teachers, so you can trust they know what they are saying. Päivi has worked in India and Australia, Özerk - originally Turkish - did business in USA, Virpi worked as an export manager and Terttu used to be a foreign media rep. Practical!

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Eligibility to apply for higher education studies can be obtained with following qualifications:
  • a foreign degree or qualification which gives eligibility for higher education in the awarding country (e.g. a high school diploma, an upper general certificate of education, a higher secondary school certificate).

Also, SAT test is needed to verify your English, math skills and logic support your studies.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 42 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 42 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Scholarship possibilities for first year 70%, for second and third 50%. Check the details from our website.

Living costs for Kuopio

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


All non-EU/EEA students of Savonia University of Applied Sciences may apply for a scholarship after they have been admitted to fee-charging Bachelor or Master degree programmes and they have enrolled themselves as present. In the first academic year the scholarship covers 70% of the tuition fee; in the following academic years the scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee. To qualify for the scholarship after the first academic year, Bachelor students must earn at least 55 credits and Master students 30 credits of studies detailed in their personal study plan per academic year.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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