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School of Business student story: Nikolai Andriakov

Nikolai Andriakov already has a bachelor’s degree in Power Mechanical Engineering. Studying in the Bachelor's Program in International Business gives him further skills needed in business life: “As a technical-oriented person, I really want to gain quantitative skills and there are many courses that help to build a solid knowledge in quantitative disciplines.”
2nd year student of the BScBA Programme Nikolai Andriakov is standing outside in sunny weather

My name is Nikolai Andriakov. I’m a second-year student from Russia and I’m 23 years old.

Before moving to Finland, I lived my whole life in Russia. I was born in Arkhangelsk, a small northern city on the White Sea. After my 8th year at school, I moved to Saint Petersburg and graduated from high school there. After this, I graduated from a Baltic State Technical University in Saint Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in Power Mechanical Engineering. I had two internships in Nissan as an intern engineer. Overall, I was a technical head throughout my whole life.

How and why did you end up choosing our BScBA Program?

My choice narrowed to International Business degrees quite quickly. Among the universities offering such programs, Aalto had the best combination of rating standings, feedback, and overall expected experience. Also, my mother lived in Helsinki for several years before I applied here, so it was easier to adapt to a new country with her help.

What skills have you learned during your studies in Mikkeli that you find valuable?

As a technical-oriented person, I really wanted to gain the quantitative skills needed in business life nowadays. And there are a lot of courses to do that. Courses in finance, accounting, marketing analytics, data management, and many more help students to build a solid knowledge in quantitative disciplines.

The program is excellent from both academic and social points of view.

Nikolai Andriakov, BScBA student

What has been your favourite course and/or professor?

My favourite professor so far is Roman Stepanov. During his Statistics and Excel courses, he managed to teach the disciplines considered to be boring in a very student-friendly way. I can’t wait for the next course with him.

How have your studies at Aalto University and living in Mikkeli shaped you as a person?

After coming here, I became more outgoing and social. I learned how to deal with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I also improved my leadership skills during both study and extracurricular activities. What I like the most is that I fought the fear of public speaking and now I feel more comfortable when talking from the stage.

Would you recommend the BScBA Program to other students, if yes why?

I would definitely recommend the program to other students as it is a unique and unforgettable experience. The program is excellent from both academic and social points of view. Top professors and students from all over the world create a very international community in a small town in the middle of Finland. Active student organizations with tons of events available won’t let anyone bored. And, of course, life-long friends from every continent on the Earth is something that everyone wants to experience in their lives.

 

Bachelor's Program in International Business, Aalto University

International Business, Bachelor (BScBA, Mikkeli) and Master of Science (Otaniemi) in Economics and Business Administration (3 + 2 yrs)

The Bachelor’s Programme in International Business (also called the BScBA Programme) provides students with a comprehensive range of skills and knowledge to build, develop and lead companies on a global scale. A bachelor’s degree in business with an international focus opens up a wide variety of career opportunities in the private and public sectors, across all industries and continents. If you have ambitions to strive in a global business environment (e.g. study or work abroad), the Bachelor’s Programme in International Business is for you.

Organised at Aalto University’s Mikkeli Campus, you will join a close-knit community of globally oriented and ambitious Finnish and international students. After the intensive Bachelor studies, including a semester abroad at one of the programme’s many high-quality partner universities, you are guaranteed the study right at a Master’s Programme at Aalto University Otaniemi Campus.

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