International Business Administration BA in Helsinki


The International Business Administration programme is designed for students interested in economics and business who wish to acquire professional knowledge and skills to work in an international company or in the public sector. In addition to knowledge of economics and business, the program also provides excellent Business English language skills, and an opportunity to specialize in marketing and communication or finance and accounting.  


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Why the International Business Administration study programme?

  • The study programme has the highest level of international recognition, i.e. EPAS accreditation. 
  • Lecturers, who are also specialists in their field, help students to acquire broad knowledge regarding economics and business and to find solutions to the most common management challenges. 
  • You will create a social network of people, together with whom you can put to use what you have learned and make your dreams a reality.
  • Modern teaching methods are supported by the cloud-based e-learning platform Canvas, which is used by many of the top universities around the world.
  • Studying takes place, for the most part, in small study groups (not more than 35 students) and each student is advised in study organisation related questions by a personal study consultant.
  • During the fall semester of the second academic year, the student is able to study elective courses of their choosing at one of EBS’s 60 partner universities (mobility window) or specialise in the direction of finance and accounting or in the direction of marketing and communication. EBS has the strongest network of partner universities among universities in Estonia, which include many of Europe’s best business schools (EMLyon Business School, Università Bocconi, BI Norwegian Business School, Kedge Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and many others).
  • The opportunity to acquire a double degree at Lancaster School of Management selected as Great Britain’s University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018).


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About the studies

The studies are conducted in English and take place mainly on EBS Campus in Helsinki. Students travel once per semester to visit EBS Tallinn’s main campus. In addition to the lectures, the trip is often accompanied with company visits, as well as other networking opportunities.  


All EBS study programmes are accredited by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. The Bachelor’s degree is comparable to the same field degree in Finland, as in other European Union countries, as well as with similar international qualifications. EBS Helsinki graduates are granted an official diploma approved by the Republic of Estonia.


Bachelor degree study period completed by the curriculum is 3.5 years. The study format allows, for example, part-time working, since studying in EBS Helsinki takes place in sessions.  The session-based studies refer to contact teaching days; lectures and seminars, where the students will meet lecturers. Lectures are organized three days a week, every other week. Lecture dates are fixed through the studies (Tue/Wed/Sat or Thu/Fri/Sat).  


The academic year in Autumn starts with contact study days (1-2 days) at EBS Tallinn, and the rest of the semester’s lectures and exams are held at EBS Helsinki. The Spring semester contact study days (1-2 days) at EBS Tallinn are in the middle of the semester. The majority of the lecturers are EBS‘ own lecturers. In addition to this, EBS will provide classes taught by international guest lecturers.  

Graduate profile

The graduates of the programme are able to work as specialists in different functional areas or as middle managers in business or public sector organisations. They are also able to work in the positions of managers in the local offices of international companies, and in the position of developers and managers of business projects.

Double Degree from UK

All international business administration students are eligible to acquire a double degree from EBS and Lancaster University Management School.

Students participating in the double degree programme will study for the first two years at EBS and the next two years at Lancaster University, in Great Britain. The prerequisite for graduation is defending one’s final paper. The foreign university degree is valid together with the EBS degree.


  • The Times and Sunday Times newspapers in Great Britain named Lancaster University as the University of the Year 2018, and Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) has all of the most important international accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).
  • Studies at LUMS are closely tied to the school’s high-level research activity.
  • The school has a strong alumni movement and a highly-rated university campus.



Finance and accounting

When completing the specialization, you will acquire the necessary initial financial knowledge for a financial specialist and small entrepreneur. 


When specializing in the direction of finance and accounting, you will learn:

  • financing of start-ups;
  • investment management and risk analysis;
  • company financing and taxation;
  • financial reporting.

The study programme has been recognised by the CFA Institute, and courses in the field of finance are taught with regard to the first level requirements of CFA. The topics covered during courses in the field of accounting largely coincide with ACCA’s corresponding examination topics.



Marketing and Communication

Upon completing the direction you will be able to plan and implement suitable marketing activities for achieving company objectives, and convincingly and professionally present your ideas.

When specializing in the direction of marketing and communication, you will learn:

  • digital marketing and the organisation of advertising;
  • consumer behaviour and pricing;
  • cross-cultural communication and business behaviour.
Important dates
1st of

Application round for the study year 2020/2021 opens.

Applicants from Estonia & Finland can start studies in the Spring semester. International applicants can start studies only in the Autumn semester.

26th of

Deadline to submit the application in DreamApply system for May admission interviews.

28th of

May admission interviews in EBS Helsinki.


Admission process

  • Apply through  Dream Apply Student Admission Platform.
  • Admission interview at EBS Helsinki.
  • Acceptance
    Once the student has sent all necessary documents for applying, has obtained the required level of English of and has successfully passed the entrance process (incl. interview) the Admission Committee will decide upon the student's admission.
  • Signing of the study contract
    When the student has arrived in Estonia and to EBS, then the study contract is signed between the student and university.
  • Tuition fee payment
    After being accepted the student will be issued the tuition fee invoice for one academic year.

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If you have not taken any of the required state examinations, you can instead take the entrance examinations at EBS. 


    SEMESTER   Subject EAP lecturer
    SEMESTER  I      
      Principles of Economics 3 Karmo Kroos
      Financial Accounting 6 Aet Toots
      English for Management and Marketing     3 Anu LehingAnne Lelumees
      Mathematics for Business  6 Eetu Rantanen
      Computer Fundamentals for Business I   3 Viljo Kallas
      Development of Study Skills 1,5 Sigrid Lainevee
      Communication and Presentation Skills 3 Anu Lehing
      Social Psychology 3 Pablo Veyrat
    SEMESTER II      
      Law Encyclopedia 3 Aleksander Popov
      English for Finance and Accounting 3 Jaan Rand
      Principles of Management 3 Ester Eomois
      Human Resource Management 3 Piret Masso
      Principles of Marketing 6 Riina Koris

    Introduction to Statistics

    3 Eetu Rantanen
      Philosophy 3 Oliver Laas
      Optional 1,5  
      Optional 1,5  
    SEMESTER III      
      Mobility window (elective courses) 27  
    SEMESTER IV      
      Microeconomics 6 Alar Kein
      Project Management 3 Marge SassiJuko-Mart Kõlar
      English for Economics and Law 3 Jaan Rand
      Research Design 3 Karmo Kroos
      Business Ethics 3 Mari Kooskora
      Sociology 3 Pablo Veyrat
      Optional 3  
      Internship  6     
    SEMESTER  V    
      International Business 3 Tiit Elenurm
      Macroeconomics 6 Ashim Kumar Kar
      Managerial Accounting 3 Urmas Kaarlep
      Business Simulation DYNAMA 4,5 Anto LiivatPeeter Kross
      Qualitative Research Methods 3 Kaire Põder
      Academic and Business Writing 3 Jaan Rand
      Optional 3  
      Business Planning 3 Pavel Prokushenkov
      Corporate Finance 6  
      Business Law 6 Aleksander Popov
      Strategic Management 3 Mike Franz Wahl, Marko Rillo
      Quantitative Research Methods 3 Karmo Kroos

    Public Relations and Media Communication

    6 Richard Scott Abel
      Optional 3  
      Optional 3  
      Optional 3  
      Bachelor Thesis or Final Exam 6  

    *Find the programme for the session-based studies here


    Fees and Financing Options


    • Paying in one part the semester fee is 3200 € / per semester (final semester ½ price).
    • Paying in two parts the semester fee is 3200 + 35 = 3235 € / per semester.
    • The fee for one credit point is 125 EUR (tuition fee is calculated on basis of ECTS point when student studies part-time or would like to transfer some courses from another university and therefore does not need to take the whole/nominal programme).

    Financing options

    • Finnish students are eligible for various types of financial assistance from Kela during education.
    • If you are a resident or a holder of a long-term residence permit in the Republic of Estonia you can pay in several instalments by using the Study Investment.



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    All the candidates, who have received the positive admission decision, hence acceptance letter from EBS, can apply for a scholarship. In order to apply, you need to write an official application letter to the Scholarship Committee. The mission of the Scholarship Committee is to review and award scholarships.


    The Scholarship Committee makes the decision based on the applicants’ previous experience. Suitable candidates have an entrepreneurial mindset, excellent grades and experiences outside the classroom. In the application letter the candidate should mention: 


    • Why do they want to study at EBS and which program did they apply for?
    • How are they planning to use the knowledge they gain here and which goals have they set for themselves?
    • What kind of value will they bring to the classroom and to the studies here?

    In EBS, the scholarship gives a discount on the tuition fee. Depending on the decision of the admission committee it can give a  25%, 50%, 75% discount of the tuition fee.

    Scholarships are awarded once a year in August. Please send your application to by the 10th of July. EBS and our Student Council also offer different scholarships to outstanding students after the first year of studies.