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Bachelor's Programme in International Business, Mikkeli Campus

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.
Bachelor's Program in International Business, Aalto University


Bachelor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) + Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

Application period:

7.1.2021 – 20.1.2021

Language of instruction:



3+2 years, full-time


General eligibility for higher education

Field of study:

Business and Economics


180+120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Business

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €12000/y (Bachelor’s studies) + €15000/y (Master’s studies)

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Admission to the Bachelor's Programme in International Business, Bachelor (Mikkeli) and Master (Otaniemi) of Science in Economics and Business Administration (3 yrs + 2 yrs)

What makes studying International Business at the Mikkeli Campus unique?

BScBA Programme alumnus Vesa Sironen

“Today’s working life is getting constantly more hectic and one has to be able to keep up. The BScBA Programme in Mikkeli teaches you to complete assignments quickly and with good results.”

Vesa Sironen, Chairperson, Gapps

BScBA alumna Sari Barndik

“During my studies in Mikkeli I not only developed my international skills and language skills but also got a solid base understanding of the different business fields. The programme is very unique in the sense that it provides a platform for students to continue on to different fields of studies and even start an international career.“

Sari Barndik, Channel Manager, Sinebrychoff

BScBA alumnus Roope Heinilä

” The BScBA Programme’s emphasis on international environment and group work, and presentation skills were especially important for me and these skills have proved to be highly useful in succeeding in a global business environment.”

Roope Heinilä, Co-Founder, CEO, Smarp

BScBA alumnus Ali Jahangiri performing in Savoy 2018

"I am a BScBA 3 graduate from Mikkeli. I work in the field of media and my primary source of income is managing my brand as a Stand Up Comedian. Mikkeli gave me the courage to become an entrepreneur and a network of colleagues to collaborate with in the course of my career.”

Ali Jahangiri, Stand Up Comedian

BScBA Mikkeli professor Paurav Shukla

“The Mikkeli IB Program is an experience unlike any other. Students are taught by the best professors from around the world, which would not happen in any other university.”

Paurav Shukla, Professor of Marketing, Southampton Business School

Objectives of studies

Today, the world is smaller than ever. For the best companies, being globally oriented has become the new standard. This requires employees to have broad skills and knowledge on the global business climates. To ensure you can match those requirements, the Bachelor’s Programme in International Business provides its graduates with:

  • International competence. Graduates have an extensive understanding of the international business world and strong skills in cross-cultural teamwork, communications and languages to navigate within it successfully.
  • Business knowledge. Graduates possess broad know-how about core elements of business such as accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management and marketing.
  • Problem-solving toolbox. Graduates are well-prepared for answering both tactical and strategic challenges, thanks to their high capacity for independent, scientific and analytical thinking.
  • Leadership and communications skills. Graduates possess excellent social and presentation skills to move their teams forward as an appointed team leader as well as a team member.
  • Versatile project management and teamwork skills. Graduates can lead projects from initiation and planning to prioritisation and execution – within the given time and expectations.
  • Helpful network. Graduates form long-lasting relationships and memories with local and foreign fellow students, professors and cooperating companies.

Upon graduation from the International Business programme, graduates have a solid foundation of working in a demanding and international business environment around the world.


Language of instruction

The Bachelor´s degree studies at the Mikkeli Campus are offered in English.


Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees concern degree students in English-language programmes who are not citizens of the EU/EEA region.

The tuition fee is €12 000 per academic year for the Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree offered in English at the Mikkeli campus.

Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.

More information on the tuition fees and scholarships can be found on the Aalto Web page.


Post-graduate study options

After graduating from the BScBA Programme, students can continue studies in a variety of master’s degree programmes at the School of Business Otaniemi campus.

Structure of studies

The Bachelor’s Programme in International Business offered the School of Business at in Mikkeli campus comprises a total of 180 ECTS credits. The three-year programme consists of:

  • Fundamentals of Business Knowledge (60 ECTS)
  • Methodological studies (12 ECTS)
  • International business major (42 ECTS)
  • Language and communication courses (18 ECTS)
  • Minor studies, completed abroad (30 ECTS)
  • Elective courses (18 ECTS)


The learning experience is module-based with one course at a time, making the studies interactive, intense and focused:

  • The academic year consists of courses organised in 15 three-week modules, also during the summer
  • 1 course = 3 weeks, studying one subject at the time
  • In most modules, students earn 6 ECTS credits
  • Classes are scheduled for three hours a day, five days a week, for 45 contact hours including examinations
  • Requires active participation and attendance


Content of studies

The nature of studies in the Bachelor’s Programme in International Business is very active and intensive. Studies are divided into three-week modules, maintaining a fast pace and sharp focus, studying one subject at the time. The comprehensive teaching methods include interactive lectures, group work, video presentations and company projects, as well as independent and theoretical academic work. Various teaching methods provide an interesting, challenging and motivating learning environment.

Many business and public sector representatives, including alumni, serve as guest lecturers in the courses. Students take field trips and complete projects for companies in various courses. The cooperation with companies continues outside of the lectures too: on career days, field trips and excursions.

The Bachelor’s Programme in Mikkeli focuses on a single major: International Business. The domain-specific specialisation depends on the courses you choose – however, whether it’s accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management or marketing, the perspective always remains international.

Year 1: Students complete the required core courses, business communications studies and language courses.

Year 2: In addition to some required courses, students get to choose their favourite elective courses, for example:

  • Brand Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Global Game Industry
  • Green Ventures
  • Tools for Data Analysis
  • Gender and Communication in the International Workplace

Students also get an introduction to research methods after which they start writing their Bachelor’s Thesis. The purpose of the Bachelor’s Thesis is to develop students' ability to carry out independent research work in the field of international business. The Capstone Course wraps up the learning into one extensive package as an overview and recap of the two years and is based on a business strategy game.

Year 3: Students study abroad and complete their minor studies during an exchange semester at one of the programme’s many partner universities around the world. Courses can be chosen flexibly based on the student’s interest.

About the Thesis

  • The Bachelor’s Thesis is a formal document that requires both a formal proposal and a defense in the Bachelor’s Thesis seminar (10 + 2 credits). The purpose of the Bachelor’s Thesis is to develop students' ability to carry out independent research work in the field of international business. The process is designed to develop skills such as preparing a research plan, including the research problem, questions and objectives. The thesis must include a theoretical frame of reference with a critical literature review, and the student must use suitable methods to obtain the relevant data and interpret it.

After completing the Bachelor studies at Mikkeli Campus, students have an automatic study right to continue at an Aalto University School of Business’ Master’s Programme (usually students choose the field they have focused on in their course selections). The offered Master’s Programmes are:

Lively Campus & Student Life

The Aalto University School of Business Mikkeli unit is located at the Mikkeli University Consortium in the heart of the South Savo region, 230km from Helsinki. The campus is situated in the city centre of Mikkeli – a compact city close to nature. The campus itself has excellent learning facilities and an encouraging atmosphere for interesting encounters between students, professors and staff.

Thanks to a relatively small community and intensive learning experience, the spirit is strong and lasts for a lifetime. The many different student clubs and associations related to culture, sports and other hobbies guarantee there’s something for everyone outside of studies. For example, you can join BaBa’s Kitchen, an international cuisine club or the sports club SkiBBA.

The collaboration between business students of Mikkeli Campus and Aalto University main campus in Otaniemi is active and maintains close ties with Probba (Mikkeli Campus student association), KY (School of Business student association) and AYY (Aalto University Student Union), making sure that the Aalto spirit stays strong in Mikkeli. When moving to Otaniemi to complete your Master’s Programme, you already have a network of friends and other connections.


International opportunities

Aalto University is international by nature, and on top of international degree students, the Mikkeli Campus welcomes about 70 exchange students from abroad every year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through studies but also via multiple free time events, activities and celebrations around the campus. Programme administrators, active student tutors and student support services help international students integrate into the Nordic culture and feel at home in Finland.

Also, many professors come from abroad. Each year 60-70 professors are recruited from all over the world to teach at the Aalto University Mikkeli Campus. These distinguished and internationally respected instructors are top scholars in their fields and come from some of the most prestigious universities in the world, integrating globally competitive knowledge into teaching and assignments.

One semester, usually the last, is spent abroad at one of the partner universities where students complete the minor subject studies as part of the BScBA degree. The BScBA Programme has more than 50 partner universities across many regions in the world. Apart from universities, the Programme has also co-operation with local and international companies, further extending the students’ international opportunities.


Multidisciplinary opportunities

The Bachelor’s Programme in International Business focuses strongly on businesses operating globally but allows the flexibility to blend in something special. The Programme includes elective courses with elements from other study fields, e.g. Global Supply Networks from industrial engineering, Green Ventures from sustainability and entrepreneurship, and the Business and Management of Digital Media production from arts. On top of that, the 30 ECTS studied abroad can be freely selected to support the student’s own interests.

Once moving to study the Master’s Programme at the Otaniemi Campus, BSc graduates get to enjoy its famous multidisciplinarity. Aalto University is well-known for bridging disciplines of business, arts, technology and science. The lively campus and freedom of choosing elective courses across the University bring students from different fields under one roof. This spontaneous multidisciplinary environment sparks new ideas, gathers enthusiasts around them and gives birth to friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.


Career opportunities

Upon graduation, most students choose to take advantage of their automatic study right to a Master's Programme at the Aalto University School of Business at the Otaniemi Campus. However, students are also fully equipped to enter the global job market straight after finishing the Bachelor’s programme. The completed degree offers a vast variety of international career options both in Finland and abroad. The alumni of the programme work internationally in many positions related to their studies as managers, experts, consultants in marketing, finance, trade, technology or as entrepreneurs.

To ease the transfer from school to work life, the programme invites many business and public sector representatives to serve as guest lecturers in the courses. Alumni relations are close and act as an important employment channel for Mikkeli Campus graduates.

Aalto University has well-established career services that help you find employment in Finland and abroad. Aalto students tend to find good positions with ease upon graduation. An active entrepreneurship community is also present at Aalto, which can help as a springboard for founding your company. Finally, if an academic career is of interest, any Master’s programme at Aalto is a great foundation for doctoral studies and post-doc positions.

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Admission dates

The application period for studies starting in fall 2021 (admission groups I-III) is from January 7 to January 20, 2021. The application period for Open University Track is during 17 March – 31 March 2021. The application period for transfer students is on May 2021.

Here are the most important dates to remember (admission groups I-III):

  • 7 Jan 2021 – Application period begins, the online application system opens
  • 20 Jan 2021 – Application period ends, the online application system closes
  • 4 Jun 2021 – Admission results are published
  • 16 Jul 2021 – Deadline for accepting the offered study place

Programme-specific admission requirements

In 2021, the Bachelor’s Programme in International Business will offer admission to 87 new students. 43 new students will be admitted in admission group I, 10 new students in admission group II and 29 new students in admission group III. In addition, 3 new students will be admitted on the basis of Aalto University Open University studies and 2 as transfer students.

Students accepted to the programme will get a study right to the Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration at the Aalto University School of Business after graduating from Mikkeli.

There are separate Aalto University School of Business admission processes for Open University Track and transfer applicants.

About application process

Applications for the Bachelor’s Programme in International Business are to be submitted through the joint online application system for Finnish higher education institutions on (in Finnish

The schedule for the application process and full admission criteria for 2021 can be found here.

Language requirements

Because English is the language of instruction in the BScBA Programme, it is essential that all participants are prepared to understand rapid, idiomatic English as spoken in lectures and group discussions. Students are also expected to be able to read English with ease and to express their thoughts clearly in spoken and written English.

Contact information

Aalto University School of Business
Bachelor's Programme in International Business
Mikkeli Campus
Lönnrotinkatu 5
50100 Mikkeli, Finland

Tel:+358(0)50 4389837
Email for admission issues: [email protected]

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Read stories from Mikkeli Campus

Here you can find interesting and inspiring stories about the programme.

School of Business alumni story: Tuuli Hakkarainen

Unlike most of her fellow students, School of Business, Mikkeli Campus alumna Tuuli Hakkarainen chose an academic career path. She defended her dissertation in December 2020, and in her doctoral thesis she examined expertise sharing within multinational corporations.

The BScBA Program alumna Tuuli Hakkarainen

School of Business alumni story: Elina Lamponen

School of Business, Mikkeli Campus alumna Elina Lamponen gives current students a valuable piece of advice regarding working during studies: “Try to get a job at a smaller company. The company might not seem as prestigious as bigger companies, but the duties are usually more varied, and you get to see and do more and get responsibility early on.”

BScBA Program alumni Elina Lamponen

School of Business student story: Osama Hamoud

Osama Hamoud, a 3rd year student of the Bachelor's Program in International Business never thought he could stay away from home for too long: “Despite being thousands of kilometres away from Cairo, Mikkeli still feels like home thanks to our amazing community.”

BScBA student Osama Hamoud riding a horse back home in Egypt.

School of Business student story: Ni Nguyen

Studying in the Bachelor's Program in International Business has made Ni Nguyen more confident: “Public speaking used to be my biggest fear but now, the shaking voice and tensed facial muscles during presentations have vanished.”

BScBA Program student Ni Nguyen

Visiting professor Paurav Shukla: “I see the BScBA students transform into confident, hardworking and diligent managers.”

Professor of Marketing, Paurav Shukla is the Head of Digital & Data-Driven Marketing department at the Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, UK. He possesses a wide range of industry and academic experience, and has been delivering corporate training, teaching and consulting assignments for various organizations in the Europe, Asia and North Africa. Shukla has taught students representing more than 60 nationalities.

Professor of Marketing Paurav Shukla

School of Business student story: Veikka Partanen

Veikka Partanen, a 2nd year student of the Bachelor's Program in International Business and a part-time entrepreneur, has learned how to balance between school and his business: “My time in Mikkeli has taught me that anything is possible if you have the passion for it.”

BScBA student Veikka Partanen. Photo by Emma Kallioniemi

School of Business student story: Kaisar Bilal

For Kaisar Bilal, a 2nd year student, studying in the Bachelor's Program in International Business has been an eye-opening experience: "Mikkeli community has taught me that studying is indeed fun and manageable."

BScBA student Kaisar Bilal

School of Business alumni story: Niko Marjomaa

School of Business, Mikkeli Campus alumnus Niko Marjomaa found a way to combine the fields of business and security: “Through my experiences I saw the opportunities to think about security little bit differently than the majority in the industry.”

BScBA alumnus Niko Marjomaa

Visiting professor David Volkman: “The academic environment of the BScBA Program is exceptional.”

David Volkman, professor of Investment Science and Portfolio Management at the University of Nebraska Omaha, teaches Principles of Finance course to BScBA students. Volkman has a PhD in Finance, and has received several teaching, service, and research awards.

Dr. David Volkman in Kenya with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.

School of Business alumni story: Mikael Lauharanta

School of Business, Mikkeli Campus alumnus Mikael Lauharanta appreciates the nature of studies in the BScBA Program: "It’s a fast paced program that prepares you well for the working life and all the challenges it might throw at you."

BScBA Program alumnus Mikael Lauharanta

Visiting professor Dale Fodness: “BScBA Program gives students an excellent overview of the business environment in whole”

Dale Fodness, a professor from the University of Dallas has been teaching at the Mikkeli Campus now for 29 years. He has a Ph.D. in Marketing and in recent years, he has also worked as a strategy consultant in the private sector.

Professor Dale Fodness

This is Finland

Finland’s excellent reputation in education, combined with a wide range of courses offered in English, makes Finland an attractive study destination for international students. Boasting the largest technology hub of the Nordic countries, Finland is a world leader in information technology, business, design and many other academically centred fields.

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