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International Business

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Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business

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LEARN HOW TO TAKE ANY SIZE BUSINESS ABROAD

With a focus on small and medium-sized companies, the bachelor’s degree in international business concentration’s course requirements provide a background that enables the student to assist firms with the business and cultural challenges of an increasingly global marketplace.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Studying abroad is a highlight of many students’ time at college. At Finlandia we are proud to offer study abroad opportunities to business students who can gain an international perspective on management and entrepreneurship topics.

Students can choose from eight international partners throughout Finland:

  • Hagga-Helia (all campuses – Vierumäki, Helsinki and Porvoo, Finland)
  • Business College Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland)
  • JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Jyväskylä, Finland)
  • VAMK University of Applied Sciences (Vaasa, Finland)
  • KAMK University of Applied Sciences (Kajaani, Finland)
  • Perho Culinary, Tourism and Business College (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Lapin AMK (Rovaniemi, Finland)

To learn more about gaining an international edge visit our study abroad page.

Sara Martin with the owner of Ponsse and fellow employees during her internship

Alumni Spotlight: Diana Olkowski

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

Graduates of the international business program will take away key concepts and skills such as:

  •  Assume leadership roles in organizations that engage in global enterprise.
  • Have a comprehension of the special challenges facing firms entering the international marketplace.
  • Communicate effectively with other cultures and work with them effectively on cross-functional teams.
  • Assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in initiating global business operations.

EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITIES 

Finlandia’s International School of Business has several business partners who provide unique opportunities for our students. One of the highlighted opportunities is the exclusive Ponsse Einari Vidgrén Foundation Internship. This paid internship enables the selected student to learn first hand about Ponsse, its operations, and the forest industry both here in the USA and in Finland. The internship is open to all business students, but provides an especially unique opportunity for international business majors.

TAKE CLASSES THAT SPARK YOUR INTEREST

As an international business major students are exposed to  hands-on skills that would enable them to work in an international enterprise. Two of the classes highlighted in the curriculum include:

Global Entrepreneurship (BUS 388)

Students will study the challenges and opportunities of international business from the viewpoint of the small entrepreneurial venture. Topics include understanding the level of readiness to internationalize, finding and analyzing markets, methods of entry, finding international distributors and partners, exporting and importing, and operations.

Cross-Cultural Business Communication (BUS 310)

Empowers students to work and communicate effectively in the cross-cultural business environment. Focuses on developing the awareness, knowledge and skills needed to operate effectively in cross-cultural situations.

Advice from an alumni

Get an internship, that was one of the most beneficial things I did when I was at FinnU. Also take classes you think may not align directly with what you want to do. It will broaden your horizons and help better shape your idea of what you want to do in the future.

Walker Enstad (’17)

District Sales Manager at Freud America

San Francisco, CA

BECOME A CERTIFIED GLOBAL BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL

As a National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) collaborating educational partner school, Finlandia is a member of the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) student pathway program which allows students majoring in international business the opportunity to become a CGBP member. The membership allows students to gain valuable knowledge and expertise in the field and members receive a number of great benefits. A full list of the Student Pathway membership benefits can be found here.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS IN THE NEWS

Students Encouraged To Grow Entrepreneurial Skills with the SmartZone SmartStart Program

March 27, 2020

 

Students at Finlandia University with a business idea are highly encouraged to apply for the free MTEC SmartStart SmartZone program to develop essential entrepreneurial skills. The SmartZone’s approach is designed to educate and guide entrepreneurs through the process of validating and growing their idea. Upon completion of the program, students will have a more in-depth understanding of what it takes to create a manage a sustainable business.

“For Finlandia students or students in general, this program does a great job of […] Read More

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Area High School Students Experience Business Day at Finlandia

February 18, 2020

On Thursday, February 13 the International School of Business hosted 60 students from six area high schools for a “Business Day at Finlandia.” The event, held at the Finnish American Heritage Center, was organized to introduce high school students to the world of business and to give them a taste of the opportunities that a career in business provides. Business Day at Finlandia was organized by the Finlandia chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) to coincide […] Read More

Santeri Says… FinnU’s Biggest Social Media Star Drops By Finlandia Fridays

November 22, 2019

On this episode of Finlandia Fridays host Olivia Myers is joined by her new cohost Anastazia Hartman and junior, international business student, Santeri Seppinen. The group catches up with Seppinen to find out more about his hockey teams Movember fundraiser, Santeri Says, the hockey season and more.

This year the Men’s Hockey team decided to take part in raising money for men’s health.  The team created a Movember video to bring awareness to […] Read More

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business degree program, International School of Business graduates will be able to do the following:

  1. Students will be able to compare and contrast the ways in which doing business internationally will present additional challenges not present in traditional domestic business.
  2. Graduates will be able to devise plans, tactics and strategies for effectively dealing with these international business challenges
  3. Students will be able to identify methods for internationalizing the enterprise, and then be able to make well-informed decisions on which method to choose
  4. Students will demonstrate an awareness of the challenges that cultural differences can have on business communication and will be able to identify methods and tactics for overcoming such challenges in order to be success international business practitioners.
  5. Students are able to formulate a strategy or marketing plan for taking an enterprise into the global marketplace.

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