Bachelor's Program in International Business – FAQ
This page includes answers to the questions that the Bachelor's Program in International Business receives regularly. If you are unable to find answers to your questions, please contact us through email [email protected], call +358 50 438 9837 or WhatsApp +358 50 328 3933.
BScBA stands for the Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree. Completing the program results in Bachelor’s degree with major in International Business.
The Bachelor’s Program in International Business is offered at the Aalto University Mikkeli Campus. Mikkeli is a town in Eastern Finland, approximately 230 kilometers northeast from Helsinki.
Yes it is. In case you want to visit the campus and receive a tour around the school premises as well as a chance to ask questions about the program and talk to one of our students, please contact the campus to set a date for the visit; [email protected] or +358 50 438 9837. However, keep in mind that the study office is closed during weekdays after 4pm, on weekends and on holidays.
The BScBA program is a three-year program. However, because of our intensive courses, it is possible to complete the program even in 2,5 years. If one wishes to continue to the Master’s programs offered in Aalto University School of Business, the combined normative duration of the studies is 5 years.
All students of the BScBA program have International Business as their major. International Business introduces an international aspect to the different fields of business; courses relate for example to marketing, management, accounting and finance.
Students that are not citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland, are required to pay tuition fees. The scholarships are granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver (100% or 50%). The best applicants who are liable to pay fees may be granted scholarships.
At Aalto university the tuition fee is €12 000 per academic year for Bachelor’s degree programs. More information on the tuition fees can be found at https://www.aalto.fi/admission-services/scholarships-and-tuition-fees.
The next application period for studies starting in fall 2019 is held druing 9 – 23 January 2019.
The application period for applicants applying based on Open University studies is held during 20 March – 3 April 2019 and the application period for transfer students is held during 2 – 16 May 2019.
You are eligible to apply for the program if you have completed such a degree that gives you eligibility to university studies in your own home country. More details can be found from our admission criteria page. Applicants applying based on Open University studies or as transfer students, have more specific eligibility criteria.
It does if it gives you eligibility to apply for university studies in your own home country. It does not matter where you come from or what is the formal title of your diploma, if you can apply to universities in your home country with the diploma, you can apply to the BScBA program as well.
No official proof of English skill level is required. However, because English is the language of instruction, it is essential that all participants are prepared to understand rapid, idiomatic English spoken in lectures and group discussions. The university does not offer preparatory language courses before the beginning of studies. Also, the applicants in admission groups II and III need to complete the SAT test.
If you have completed Finnish matriculation examination diploma, IB or EB diploma or RP/DIA diploma in Finland, you may apply in groups I and/or II. Admission in group I is based on high school diploma grades and in group II on SAT test scores.
If you have not completed one of the four diplomas mentioned above, but have completed such a degree that gives you eligibility for university studies, you belong to group III where the admission is based on SAT test scores.
The SAT Test is organized by College Board; an American organization founded by universities and colleges. The SAT Test tests mathematical, writing and critical reading skills.
Please note, that SAT tests can be fully booked before the final registration date, so make sure to register for the test well in advance, because they are being organized only a few times per year. Aalto University does not organize SAT tests or answer inquiries concerning the tests. More information on the SAT test can be found at http://www.collegeboard.org/.
The SAT Test must have been taken accordingly:
- The SAT Test must have been taken on or after January 1, 2017
- In the same SAT Test, an applicant must have received a score of at least 1200 from the two test modules Mathematics and Evidence-based Reading and Writing.
SAT Essay or Subject –modules are NOT required for this admission.
All applicants applying in spring 2019 for studies starting in fall 2019 must complete the SAT tests by the individual deadlines of each admission group (II&III). The last possible dates to take the test are
- 4 May 2019 in admission group II and
- 9 March 2019 in admission group III.
All official results of the SAT tests must be delivered to Aalto University directly from the test organizer. Aalto University ID code (1700) must be included in the SAT registration form. Students who have taken the tests earlier must order the score report to be sent to Aalto University directly form the test organizer.
Yes. The admission criteria for applicant applying to the BScBA program based on Open University studies can be found from aalto.fi –website. The required studies must be completed at Aalto Open University. The next application period is during 20 March – 3 April 2019.
Yes. The admission criteria for transfer student applicants from other Finish higher education institutions applying to the BScBA program can be found from aalto.fi –website. The next application period is during 2 – 16 May 2019.
Unfortunately transferring directly from a foreign university is not possible. You may, however, apply for our program through the normal applying procedure and after admission get some of your courses transferred as a part of your studies, if their workload and content match the courses offered at Aalto University School of Business.
Unfortunately no. An Aalto University School of Business student with a right to study in one of the Aalto University School of Business bachelor’s programmes may not apply for transfer to any other bachelor's programmes in the field of business.
After acceptance, students may apply for student accommodation from MOAS, (Mikkeli Student Housing LTD) that offers affordable apartments for students in Mikkeli. The cost of housing varies between 220€ - 680€ per month based on location, size of the apartment and whether it is furnished or not. Details of the housing options and the application form can be found from https://www.moas.fi/en/.
You can also try to find accommodation from private markets. The prices are usually significantly higher.
The first-year students for fall 2019 begin their studies with the mandatory orientation week on 26 August 2019. The first three-week course begins on 2 September 2019.
All necessary information about the orientation week, events and your tutors will be sent to you by mail by our Mikkeli study office during summer. Studying beforehand is not required.
Content of Studies
Our courses’ workload is calculated based on the ECTS credits, where 1 credit is about 27 hours worth of working. The common workload for one course is 6 credits. The mandatory attendance in class accounts for 45 hours, leaving 115 hours of workload done independently.
The academic year consists of 15 three-week modules, where you study one course at a time. The three-week courses include 45 contact hours as well as individual or group work on each day. Courses continue through the first summer as well. The classes have mandatory attendance with some exceptions.'
Courses include a variety of different types of assignments and ways to learn. These can include for example lectures, group discussions, essays, presentations, case studies, projects and company visits. Our professors come from all around the world and therefore have different styles of teaching.
Because international business is the major in the BScBA program, the Mikkeli Campus offers a vast variety of courses from all fields of business that take an international aspect on the topic.
The course curriculum for each academic year can be found from https://into.aalto.fi/display/enbscba/Course+Schedules. Note that the schedule is subject to changes for the upcoming academic year, all courses may not be available in the future or the timings might change.
Yes, actually exchange period is a mandatory part of our program. Everyone in the BScBA program studies one semester in one of our partner universities. The Mikkeli Campus has over 50 partner universities in Europe, Asia, Oceania, North- and South-America.
The student association of our university, Probba ry, organizes a lot of events for the students throughout the year, including for example the orientation week evening events. Additionally, the Mikkeli Campus has a bunch of student clubs that organize events regularly too, such as sports club or culinary club.
Working on free time is the student’s own choice, but the studying should be kept as the priority. There are some part-time jobs suitable for students as well offered by the local companies. The university also hires three Finnish-speaking students each year to work for the school.