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School of Business

International Business

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Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business

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LEARN HOW TO TAKE ANY SIZED BUSINESS ABROAD

With a focus on small- and medium-sized companies, the courses required for a bachelor’s degree in international business will provide you with the needed background to assist firms facing 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.

You 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

Experiential learning is what our International School of Business is all about. All students are required to complete an internship before graduation. In addition, there are a number of opportunities for you to put their knowledge to the test in real-world applications. These include:

  • XES Helsinki Entrepreneurial Community: Join in this “Shark Tank-style” international event that brings together entrepreneurs from Finland and the United States to pitch their idea to a panel of judges, including FinnU ISB faculty. See how international businesses function, or pitch your own endeavor to the group.
  • 1 Million Cups: Similar to XES Helsinki, but local. 1M Cups serves as a catalyst for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in front of a group of people who can provide valuable feedback on business models.
  • Assisting local businesses: Part of your coursework will include working with local businesses who are looking to expand their market. Students have the opportunity to do market research and develop an expansion plan for the companies.

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, you are exposed to  hands-on skills that will enable you to work in an international enterprise. Two of the classes highlighted in the curriculum include:

Global Entrepreneurship (BUS 388)

You 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 you 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 you 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

Business students to present at next XES Helsinki Testing Day event

March 29, 2021

The next XES Helsinki entrepreneur presentations will be held on Wednesday, March 31st at 9am EDT. Three innovative entrepreneurs from the Helsinki, Finland area and one group of Finlandia students will give short presentations on their businesses and receive feedback from a panel of experts from the US. Everyone is welcome to join this exciting free trans-Atlantic event! Register to attend here. We are pleased to welcome Tom Adolphs, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Finlandia, as a panel member.     One […] Read More

Testing Tuesday
Finlandia Fridays talks ‘Testing Tuesday’ with international business student Kevin Danks

January 29, 2021

A presenter from the January 2021 “Testing Tuesday: US Edition” event

International business student Kevin Danks joined host Olivia Myers on this week’s episode of Finlandia Fridays to talk about the new ‘Testing Tuesday: US Edition’ events that give business students real-world experience in international business relations.

International Business major, Kevin Danks

The initiative, launched in November, have been a collaboration between the XES student entrepreneurial community from Haaga-Helia University of Applied […] Read More

Santeri Seppinen FinnZone
Borgen, Seppinen featured in videos about Finns living in the UP

December 26, 2020

Finlandia staff member, Nata Borgen, and international business student, Santeri Seppinen, were recently featured as subjects of two short videos on Finns living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The videos are promotional pieces for Finnzone and are part of Finnzone’s strategy for attracting Finnish companies to the Keweenaw. The videos were produced by Kristin Ojaniemi and sponsored by the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Upper Michigan. Nata Borgen

Borgen […] 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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